One of the latest HSUS supporters to show her shelter pet love is Bellamy Young of ABC's Scandal, who appears with her dog Bean and her cat Sadie in a lovely new video reminding folks just how wonderful shelter animals can be as companions, and celebrating their presence in her own life. I just love the energy and beauty of her message, and I think it's one of the best videos in the "Meet My Shelter Pet" series. In it, Bellamy reveals so much of herself as a fostering and rescue advocate, and as a strong believer in the mission of our nation's shelters.
Together with our partners on The Shelter Pet Project , Maddie's Fund and theAd Council, we're reaching millions more Americans through a public service campaign encouraging adoption from shelters and rescue groups as a first choice for those adding a pet to their family. In 2014, the campaign generated over $42 million in donated media – and it's generated $224 million in free advertising to promote shelter pet adoption since its launch in 2009. This kind of national marketing campaign by The HSUS and our partners lifts up the entire field of animal sheltering and rescue work, and we are seeing the results, with more adoptions and declining euthanasia rates. Of course, it's just one part of a multi-faceted campaign to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats – along with our campaigns against puppy mills and dogfighting, our spay-and-neuter promotions, our support programs for shelters and rescue groups, and so much more. Thanks to Bellamy for joining us to help spread the word. Check out her video below: