Lifestyle Pets Rescue Me! Stars Who Love Shelter Pets From Miley Cyrus to Robert Pattinson, meet the celebrities who took in once-homeless pets By People Staff Published on April 11, 2012 09:45 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 19 MILEY CYRUS Courtesy Miley Cyrus , who has three dogs, most recently adopted rescue Ziggy to give to boyfriend on his birthday. 02 of 19 SELENA GOMEZ Michael Simon/Startraks Accompanied by , stopped by a Canadian shelter in October and adopted a husky mix she named Baylor. The star has five other rescue dogs at home. 03 of 19 ROBERT PATTINSON Brooks/INF The Twilight (pictured with friend Tom Sturridge) swooped in and saved shelter puppy Bear from death row. “He was in one of those shelters where they don’t keep them around for very long,” he said. “He was on his sixth of seven days.” 04 of 19 STACY KEIBLER Courtesy Stacy Keibler Rescued cocker spaniel Einstein may technically belong to , but he has a piece of Stacy Keibler’s heart. She frequently Tweets her support of Camp Cocker, the organization that first saved Einstein. 05 of 19 KELLAN LUTZ Splash News Online The Twilight has been a vocal advocate of pet adoption, and has two rescued pups of his own: Kevin (pictured) and Kola. 06 of 19 DREW BARRYMORE The engaged and fiancé Will Kopelman adopted their first puppy together, rescuing an 8-week-old shepherd mix that had been previously fostered by actress Nikki Reed and singer Paul McDonald. 07 of 19 KATHERINE HEIGL Courtesy Katherine Heigl has dedicated much of her philanthropy to animal initiatives, promoting spaying and neutering through her “I Hate Balls” campaign and pledging $1 million to help L.A.-area shelters. But she gets personal, too: The actress pulled a rescued bait dog from a California city shelter last year. 08 of 19 RYAN REYNOLDS Timur/Eagle Press He hadn’t planned to adopt a dog when he visited a Houston shelter, but ended up walking out with retriever mix Baxter. “I just fell in love with him,” Reynolds told PEOPLE. “I didn’t mean to, I just picked him up along the way.” 09 of 19 OPRAH WINFREY Courtesy Oprah Winfrey Since helping to expose puppy mills in 2006, has supported animal rescue, and when she decided to celebrate her 56th birthday by giving herself two puppies, she did so through Chicago’s PAWS, a no-kill shelter. 10 of 19 MAGGIE Q Courtesy Maggie Q The Nikita star has a serious passion for animal rescue and has three shelter pups of her own: Pedro, Lady and Cesar. She told PEOPLE, “When I go to the shelter, everything I see is perfect.” 11 of 19 BEN MCKENZIE Courtesy Ben McKenzie The Southland actor’s rescued pit bull, Oscar, went from the shelter to the good life when he got adopted. “He’s a Hollywood dog, man. Going to set, living in the Hills,” McKenzie told PEOPLE. “He’s living the dream, sleeping all day. I wish I had his life.” 12 of 19 CARRIE ANN INABA Courtesy Weintraub Photography From being a celebrity ambassador for an animal sanctuary to starting a web show for shelter cats, the Dancing with the Stars judge has always tried to do more for adoptable pets. She has seven rescued animals at home. 13 of 19 ELLEN DEGENERES Courtesy Warner Bros. The talk show is part owner of pet food company Halo and has, at last count, two dogs and three cats that she shares with wife Portia de Rossi. “I urge people to rescue animals because they are all begging,” DeGeneres told PEOPLE. 14 of 19 ORLANDO BLOOM AKM-GSI picked up Sidi, a black Saluki mix, while on location in Africa. “I rescued this man in Morocco,” Bloom said. “He has been everywhere with me.” 15 of 19 DENISE RICHARDS Courtesy Denise Richards Lucky is the animal that crosses paths with . The actress has picked up numerous needy pets over the years and dreams of one day opening an animal sanctuary of her own. 16 of 19 CHRIS KLEIN Jeff Lipsky The American Reunion actor credits rescue dog Chief with helping him face his alcohol addiction. “He began to recognize the behavior shift in me when [I drank] alcohol and his behavior would change,” Klein told PEOPLE. “Anybody that has a meaningful relationship with a dog will understand that the disappointment that I saw in his eyes, [it was] insurmountable.” 17 of 19 OLIVIA WILDE Christopher Peterson/Buzzfoto Paco, Wilde’s constant companion, gets plenty of star swag now, but he had a bad start to his life. “He had been found in the back of a U-Haul truck with his five other brothers and sisters, and they hadn’t eaten for a week,” Wilde told PEOPLE. “I’m just really lucky to have found him, because he’s my absolute favorite, favorite dog in the world.” 18 of 19 IAN SOMERHALDER Courtesy Ian Somerhalder The Vampire Diaries star lives with three rescue cats at home in Atlanta – and he likes it that way – but his work to raise awareness about animal issues has been so notable that the Humane Society of the United States recently honored him with its Wyler Award. 19 of 19 MANDY MOORE Nancy Kaszerman/Zuma and husband Ryan Adams share their home with a “furry little family” that includes rescue cats Vincent and Theo, as well as rescue dog Joni. “They make my world, and our home, just so much more whole,” she told PEOPLE.