June 15, 2010 03:47 PM

With two rescue dogs and a pair of adopted parrots, does Hilary Swank feel like she has four children? “Oh absolutely,” she told PEOPLE Monday at the 2010 Fidelity FutureStage Finale in New York City on Monday.

Pups Karoo and Rumi, and parrots Angel and Seuss, fill up the actress’s life. But there’s always room for another pet – within reason. “I don’t have snakes,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m going to search that out. But I appreciate and respect anything that’s living.” In October, Swank told PEOPLEPets.com that she would consider a horse, though, “if I had the land.”

Rumi and Karoo (pictured), who was rescued on a movie set in South Africa, are “blessings” for the actress. “Animals just make my life so much richer,” she’s said. “It wouldn’t be the same without my dogs.”

Perhaps Swank’s first role – an elementary school production of The Jungle Book in which she starred as Mowgli – fueled that love of animals. At the very least, it prepped her for more masculine roles, like her Oscar-winning turn as Brandon in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry. Said Swank, “I didn’t know [The Jungle Book] was going to prepare me for playing a boy 20 years later.”

See more of Hilary Swank on PEOPLEPets.com:
Hilary Swank: Shelter Animals ‘Just Want to be Loved’
Hilary Swank’s Tips for New Adopted-Pet Parents

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