Cyrus, Barker help animals in need

Bob Barker with friends in the "Truth or Consequences" era, 1963Some happy news in the celebrity-pet headlines from the last couple of days: Miley Cyrus and Bob Barker have both lent a big hand to overlooked animals.

Singer Cyrus added to her brood of dogs with an abandoned puppy she's named Happy. The name is apparently an attempt to change the pup's luck, as the little guy – possibly a Rottie/Beagle mix – was left in a box in front of a Wal-Mart store. "I don't understand how people can be so cruel," the Hannah Montana grad tweeted earlier this week, then followed up with a snapshot of the dog keeping her company at the hairdresser.

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Happy joins a dog-ful household that already includes Lila, Floyd, and Ziggy. Cyrus's main squeeze, Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games, was spotted buying pet food and a new dog bed earlier in the week, according to People. We hope he's getting a bulk rate on that kibble.

Elsewhere, former Price Is Right host and longtime animal activist Bob Barker, who used to close the game show's broadcasts with a plea for viewers to spay and neuter their pets, put his money where his mouth is. Barker donated almost $400,000 to build a new dedicated area for five HIV-positive chimpanzees at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Shreveport, LA.

The donation follows the closure of a similar sanctuary in Texas, which shut down due to overcrowding and a lack of funds. While other simians found placements elsewhere, Doc, JoJo, Murphy, Flick, and Pierre were barred from new homes thanks to their disease status. Barker's friend Nancy Burnet, the president of United Activists for Animal Rights, tipped Barker to the monkeys' situation; the two recently traveled to Louisiana to see the new habitat.

Great job, Miley and Bob; we always love to see famous folk setting a good, responsible example when it comes to caring for our animal friends. Who's your favorite celebrity animal rescuer? Share in the comments.

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