Stars from Snooki and Ben Stiller to Madonna and newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been spotted giving back to the victims of superstorm Sandy, but now one star has announced she has taken something in to aid relief efforts on the East Coast.
Actress Denise Richards has added another animal to her well-documented brood of pets, adopting a dog from the North Shore Animal League in Long Island, N.Y., after an appearance there Friday to encourage others to take in the influx of abandoned pets displaced by the storm.
“Denise Richards visited North Shore Animal League America headquarters yesterday to provide vital help in spreading the word about our disaster relief efforts and encouraging adoptions,” the shelter, whose spokeswoman is Beth Stern, the wife of Howard Stern, posted on its Facebook page Saturday. “During their visit Denise and her family fell in love with Tara the Labrador Mutt-i-gree puppy and welcomed her into their home!”
Richards — mom to two daughters, Lola and Sam, with her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen, and a third daughter, Eloise, whom she adopted on her own — has been in the New York City area for the past month filming the new pilot series “Socio” for the ABC Family Channel.
Last Thursday she tweeted, “Day off tomorrow. Heading to an animal shelter, to help out. Over 600 rescued from the hurricane. My girls are coming to help too.”
The puppy, which Richards has renamed Lily, was not one of the pets abandoned during Sandy but had been rescued just days before the storm from Tennessee, a spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League confirmed to ABCNews.com.
A call placed to Richards’ publicist was not immediately returned.
Richards, 41, told People in 2010 that her friends call her “Dr. Doolittle” for her love of animals.
“I swear, if there’s a dog stranded somewhere, he finds my car, and he finds me,” she told the magazine. “If anyone is looking to get a dog, they ask, ‘Can you help me?’”
Food Network chef and TV host Rachael Ray also stepped up for animals in the wake of Sandy, donating $500,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for pets and families hit by Sandy and shipping four tons of wet and dry dog food from her pet food brand, Nutrish, according to The Associated Press.