Why Celebrities Love Their Pets

We love our pets. We lavish treats on them, exercise with them, take funny photos of them... And we know from newsstands that celebrities love their pets too. The mini-pooch has been the accessory du jour of Hollywood these days, but there are other celebs who love their pets for more than just the cuteness factor. We caught up with a few to find out why they can't live without their animals.




Jenna Fischer
"My cat, Andy, has been my best buddy since I was 18, and he doesn't care if I'm on a TV show or if I'm red-carpet ready. He just likes it when I'm there."

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Ellen DeGeneres
"I cannot imagine not going home to animals. They are the closest thing to God; they don't harbor resentment. I wanted to be a vet when I grew up."

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Kyra Sedgwick

"Our family adopted Paulie from a shelter as an 8-week-old puppy. We've had him for 11 years, and I think it was valuable for the kids to learn to be responsible for a pet. It's a wonderful thing for families - the unconditional love you get from a pet is something you carry with you for the rest of your life."

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Mary Tyler Moore

"We have 11 horses up at our country home, six of which are rescue animals... Two of them are 'cop horses' from the mounted police, ages 4 and 5, who turned out to have physical problems that weren't suitable for the kind of work they have to do. Now, with us, they are just out to pasture and have nothing but a good time, eating their heads off, romping and frolicking, and just doing all good horsey things."

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Halle Berry

"I can't imagine my life without animals. I have two dogs and three cats. Coming home and finding them all lined up at the door waiting for me has got to be one of the sweetest joys of my life."

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Hilary Swank

"I bring my dogs on set with me, and my little dog Karoo is smart as a whip. She knows where the craft-services [food] tables are, so anytime I can't find her, I know she has found her way to that area. She's a funny dog."

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