According to Usmagazine.com, Oprah “adopted an 8-week-old blonde-colored cocker spaniel on Sunday. … The pup — one of a litter of six — was named Amanda by shelter staff, but [shelter rep Lisa] Nowak isn’t sure if Winfrey renamed her.”
This is, of course, great news for adoption advocates! Oprah vowed her next dog would come from a shelter during her episode last year that exposed the horrors of puppy mills (and featured Bill Smith of Petfinder member Main Line Animal Rescue).
Of course we’re thrilled that she’s made good on her promise — but she’d become a bona fide pet adoption advocate even before this week:
- She donated to PAWS Chicago in honor of her late cocker spaniel, Sophie.
- She aired a show recently about Yorkies rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri.
- Her Web site features a photo gallery of her employees’ rescued pets.
Let’s hope that Oprah’s enormous influence will inspire thousands of
others to make adoption their first choice when they’re thinking of
getting a pet. And for anyone who REALLY wants to be like Oprah: There
are nearly 2,000 adoptable cocker spaniels and cocker mixes waiting for their forever homes on Petfinder.