Clint Eastwood’s daughter is doing her part to save pets from California’s over populated shelters
Her dad has often played a hero on the big screen, but for Alison Eastwood the part of savior is more than just a role.
Clint Eastwood’s daughter, who is also an actor, spends much of her time saving pets from California’s overcrowded shelters. After seeing the number of animals in need, Eastwood, 44, founded the Eastwood Ranch Foundation in 2012, which is dedicated to rescuing pets from high-risk shelters and caring for them until a forever home is found.
This passion project has already saved hundreds of animals, but Eastwood is looking to help even more by opening an Eastwood Ranch Foundation shelter. To make this wish a reality, Eastwood Ranch Foundation is hosting their Second Annual Art for Animals fundraiser on June 4. The star-studded event (which still has tickets available) will feature work from a variety of artists and a host committee packed with celebrity animal lovers, including Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and her half-brother Scott Eastwood.
Alison Eastwood talked to PEOPLE about the big evening ahead and how her devotion to animals has changed her life and the lives of many grateful pets.
When did you realize you wanted to work with animals?
After I helped create and executive produce a TV show called Animal Intervention for Nat Geo Wild, I saw firsthand the need to be a voice for animals. There are so many animals in peril out there that I felt compelled to get involved.
How did Eastwood Ranch Foundation get started?
We decided to start helping animals in our community first and we formed the nonprofit to be able to rescue pets from our overflowing shelters here in Southern California. So many amazing pets get euthanized every week because of over population issues, so it was important for us to start here in Los Angeles.
What is one of your favorite stories to come out of the foundation?
I’m not sure I can pick just one story, but my favorite stories are when I get emails and happy pictures of pets that have been adopted and are now safe and sound; especially the dogs we have helped rescue from the streets of Tijuana. They had such a tough life on the streets and now they are cherished and loved.
How many pets do you have yourself?
We have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 bunnies and 2 horses! We also foster rescue babies so there can be up to 20 critters running around at all times!