December 22, 2009 12:45 PM

Many pets across the country are in crisis. They’re being taken from their homes and given up to animal shelters or abandoned because their owners can no longer afford to keep them. Many children and a slew of celebrities – including Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush – are helping get the word out about these animals in the new special Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Kids to the Rescue! Helping Homeless Animals, airing Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.

Lutz and Bush are the proud owners of rescue pets and many more celebrities, including Lance Bass, reporter Maria Menounos, skateboarder Tony Hawk, talk about how their pets have changed their lives forever. The kids featured in the special are superstars in their own right: like two named Rachael and Sophia, who are volunteering their time to help homeless animals on death row find fosters homes.

Click above to watch these exclusive clips of Kellan Lutz and Sophia Bush talking about their furry best friends! And be sure to tune in to Nickelodeon Dec. 27 to learn about how you can help homeless animals.

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