Losing a dog is always a very sad experience. They are part of our family, no matter how long they have been in our lives. Actress Denis Richards just experienced the loss of her beloved Nana and posted a touching picture of the two of them on her Instagram account.
Nana was one of the many dogs Denise has rescued over the years and welcomed into her family. She is a huge animal advocate who devotes a lot of her time to animal charities and uses her celebrity status to create awareness regarding adoption. She is very active with Best Friends Animal Society‘s Pup My Ride program, volunteering for them.
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Every other Monday they go to a high-kill shelter in LA to collect 30 or 50 dogs who would otherwise be put down and they transport them to Utah –where the organization has its sanctuary– and relocate them in shelters where they have a better chance of finding a home. Denise says:
“So far they’ve saved thousands of dogs (…) but it’s so heartbreaking because you see all dogs that can’t go on the ride –the ones that are too old or sick. I’ve taken a lot of those home”
Denise has even adapted her house so it can be accommodating enough to foster dogs, which she does quite often. Her garage was converted into a dog bedroom and she has a stable block with individual sleeping areas and grooming parlor for the dogs.
Her love for rescuing animals came from her mum and she passed it to her daughters. They have a soft heart for the animals that are often overlooked in shelters and they rescue the ones that are hurt, sick, old or look “different”.
She supports adoption although she praises pet stores like Fresh Paws of Bel Air and Pet Rush (both in LA) because they sell dogs that come from rescues and not from puppy mills. She thinks some people may be intimidated by shelters and sometimes dogs are overlooked because of their looks. Once in the store, they are “fixed” and that gives more dogs the chance to find their forever homes.
Her Instagram account is full of pictures of all of the dogs that have become members of her family, even if only temporarily. She has the dream of one day opening a farm and rescue sanctuary where all the “unwanted” dogs of the shelters can spend the rest of their lives enjoying freedom and love. Let’s hope her dream comes true!
And may Nana rest in peace…