Celebrities have long had a platform for advocacy. These particular celebrities, including athletes, musicians, actors and authors, love animals. They have chosen to showcase that affection not by purchasing expensive purebreds, but rather by adopting animals from shelters. Check out these photos of celebrities and their — sometimes famous — rescue pets.
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Actress Amanda Seyfried with her dog visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on July 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
Lauren Conrad walks her rescue dog, Chloe. The reality star turned designer and author has also rescued another pup named Fitz.
Anne Hathaway is pictured with her dog Esmeralda in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The chocolate lab is one of two pups the actress has rescued.
Jake Gyllenhaal is seen with his rescue dog, Atticus, in Los Angeles. The actor's furry friend is named after the iconic character in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Jane Lynch walks her dog, Olivia, in Los Angeles. In an interview with Cesar's Way, Lynch said when she first saw Olivia at an adoption fair, the dog gave her a look that said, "Get me out of here, lady!"
Selma Blair is pictured with her dog, Ducky, in Beverly Hills. Blair adopted her new best friend from a shelter in Los Angeles.
Actor Orlando Bloom walking his dog Sidi in the Soho neighborhood of New York City. The actor rescued the Saluki-mix while filming "Kingdom of Heaven" in Morocco.
Actress Amanda Seyfried is pictured with her rescue dog, Finn, in New York City. Finn, an Australian shepherd, is a celebrity in his own right and has a Twitter account.
Nikki Reed is pictured at LAX with her rescue dog, Ira. The "Twilight Saga" star has rescued several animals over the years.
U.S. Olympian Gus Kenworthy plays with Mishka, one of the dogs he rescued during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Kenworthy ended up adopting two dogs and bringing them back to the United States.
Hillary Swank is picgtured with her rescue dog, Rumi. Swank has four rescues and started a foundation called "Hillaroo" that she says pairs "abandoned animals with youth who have been given up on."
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Clooney are shown with their dog Einstein on the set of the movie "Money Monster" in New York City.
Actress Emma Stone is seen with her dog Ren on the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in New York City. According to People Pets, Stone fostered Ren before deciding she couldn't live without the golden retriever.