The House of Cards star helped rescuers from the Humane Society of the United States give dogs much needed critical care

By Amy Jamieson
Updated August 16, 2016 02:53 PM
Courtesy The Humane Society of the United States

When Kara Mara learned that more than 70 animals were rescued from a Gallia County, Ohio, property in horrible condition, she wanted to help.

The House of Cards star flew from L.A. to Ohio over the weekend to assist with the large-scale cruelty case, which had dozens of dogs receiving critical care from the Humane Society of the United States, of which Mara is a huge supporter.

Mara, who along with her sister Rooney recently used their star power to help former laboratory chimps, sat with animals at the emergency shelter, giving them what they likely needed most during the hectic rescue: calm.

“It’s incredible to actually be here and just give love to these animals that clearly need so much of it,” Mara told WSAZ-TV, who spoke with her on the ground there. “To see the pictures of what they were living in and knowing all the medical issues that they have now is really disturbing but I’m happy to be here to start the healing process with them.”

Chris Schindler with the Humane Society told the station he couldn’t be more pleased to have Mara’s help with the effort.

Courtesy The Humane Society of the United States
Courtesy The Humane Society of the United States

“You know for us she’s part of the team,” he said. “She’s here to work with the dogs and truly is a part of our animal rescue team and is helping with the daily care for the animals and it’s really exciting to be able to have someone who has been working with us for so long to be able to see some of the additional aspects of our work.”

Mara countered that the people who do this kind of rescue work every day are the real heroes.

“I’m also just really inspired by the people who dedicate their lives to the Humane Society and animals in general,” she said. “I feel so honored to be here to help.”