The Smashing Pumpkins rocker and his kitties grace the cover of Paws Chicago

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated May 23, 2014 11:00 AM

Billy Corgan is proud of his adopted pets.

The Smashing Pumpkins front man, 47, graces the cover of Paws Chicago with his favorite felines – Sammi and Mr. Thom – brothers he adopted from the organization 10 years ago.

“They’re rock ‘n’ roll cats, used to different environments,” Corgan says in the magazine, which lightheartedly references The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1993 album “Siamese Dream” on the cover of its summer issue.

“I was raised in homes where animals were part of the family but subservient to other goals,” he says. “In my home, the animals run the show. At best we’re equals. But that’s the way it should be. They have every right to live and be happy as much as I do.”

Corgan helps to raise money for PAWS Chicago, which conducts spay and neuter clinics and advocates for no-kill animal shelters.

“The blessing of having an animal is the healing and joy from a relationship that’s based in unconditional love – or unrequited [when] speaking of Sammi – that makes it all worth it.”