Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank to Co-Host First-Ever Rescue Dog Telethon
The latest project from actors and animal lovers Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank is going to the dogs — literally.
The pair is set to host the “Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular,” on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 27), which aims to find homes for rescue dogs by Black Friday.
The two-hour program will feature an array of stars, including Scarlett Johansson, Miranda Lambert, Kristen Bell, Paula Abdul, Betty White, among others, as well as viral videos, a fundraiser, and even hand out awards in categories such as Cutest Puppy, Best Celebrity/Dog Lookalike, Guiltiest Dog, Best Licker, Smartest Dog and Best Viral Dog Video.
“I’ve always been an animal lover,” Swank told Entertainment Tonight, who is also an executive producer on the project. “To me this is a great opportunity to celebrate dogs and the immense joy that they bring to our lives.”
The event will also highlight testimonies from celebrities on the positive impact that having a rescue dog has made to their family. No doubt, Lynch will mention her Dalmatian mix, Francis, the rescue dog she adopted in 2011.
The show will star 35 adoptable dogs — all rescues — who, despite being saved from shelters, still need homes. Among the dogs featured include a three-legged great Dane, a pooch that weighs just 4 pounds and a Chihuahua who uses a tiny wheelchair.
“More than 9 million animals end up in shelters every year and only half of them make it out,” Swank told the Detroit News.
Hopefully, the telethon will help diminish those numbers.