Lifestyle Pets 'Bosch' 's Titus Welliver Plays a Tough Cop on TV, But in Real Life He's a Softie for Rescue Pets Welliver is the proud pet parent to four dogs, four cats and six horses By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 13, 2018 05:17 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy Titus Welliver Bosch is back for it’s fourth season. The Amazon police procedural starts up again on April 13 with Titus Welliver returning to his titular role. On screen, Welliver is surrounded by corruption, vengeance and crime, but at home he is just surrounded by animals. “I say I basically live in an animal shelter,” Welliver joked to PEOPLE. The actor is currently sharing his home with four dogs, four cats and six horses, all of whom are rescues aside from one golden retriever. Welliver’s love for animals started young. “I was that kid that, if I found a rat in the park with a broken leg, I would find a way to get this feral creature into a cardboard box and nurse it back to health,” he explained. This devotion to needy creatures extended to his pets when he met his wife Jose Stemkens, who was a proud rescue parent to a “Dr. Seuss creature” of a dog that formed a bond with Welliver’s golden retriever Mowgli. When Mowgli’s buddy passed away, everyone was heartbroken, but especially the golden retriever. About two days later, the couple started searching for a friend for the canine, finding a “hysterically funny” rescue West Highland white terrier/Schnauzer mix from Alison Eastwood’s Eastwood Ranch Foundation. From there, Welliver and his family quickly accumulated animals to the point where now the actor has to stay in the car when his wife and daughter stop by their veterinarian, which contains a small rescue inside, for fear he will walk out with every animal if he goes in with them. Welliver’s retirement dream is to be able to do just that: to give every rescue animal he falls in love with a forever home. Courtesy Titus Welliver “I would have a farm house in Connecticut and I would build a barn and make it a place for animals to relax, turn it to a really cool animal condominium,” he said of the grand plan. For now, Welliver is looking forward to coming home to his own menagerie of pets and seeing where Bosch takes him next. He also hopes that speaking out about all of the animals his family has adopted and helped encourages other to reach out to a creature in need, so they can understand and feel the kind of love that only comes from a rescue pet. Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. “There is an inherent trait to rescue animals, they have enormous gratitude and they are so affectionate —that is their way of saying ‘Thank you for saving my life.’ It’s inexplicable and very real,” the pet parent of 14 shared.