They say using a familiar name is a way to communicate a dog's personality and that it creates a bond between animals and potential adopters.
"I noticed, when I was looking for my own dogs, people named them these names that were random with no clue into the personality of the dog that you're supposed to make a member of your family," Zarina Mak, founder of See Spot Rescued told the New York Times.
The dog rescue has been naming its animals after celebrities since 2011. Recent adoptees include canines christened Nicolas Cage and Charlie Rose.
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Naming dogs after celebrities isn't a new trend - Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have a yellow Labrador named Martha Stewart. But using celebrity names as a marketing strategy is.
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