Star-Studded Support: 18 Celebrities Who Light Up National Adopt-a-Dog Month

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October is National Adopt-a-Dog Month, the perfect time to showcase celebrities who deserve recognition. While some famous people are still buying dogs instead of adopting, these stars are using their influence to champion adoption.

An estimated 70 million homeless dogs and cats are struggling to survive in the U.S., and that number climbs whenever someone decides to buy a dog or any other animal from a breeder, a pet store, or anywhere else.

Check out these 18 celebrities who have chosen to adopt and not shop this year.

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown is a passionate advocate for adoption who welcomed Pepperoni into her family this year.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco’s family has grown by six feet this year. She adopted Opal the dog and welcomed her baby girl, Matilda, into the world. And it seems the two have become best friends.

Joey King

The star of The Kissing Booth will be giving endless love to her newly adopted dog, Fable.

Carrie Underwood

After adoptable dogs were brought to a venue in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Carrie Underwood was performing, she found just the right addition to her adopted dog bunch.

Karamo Brown

Karamo Brown promotes self-love, and he’s also great at showing pups some love. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), he announced that he had adopted a beautiful dog named Aaliyah and encouraged his followers to adopt, too.

Emma Watson

On a trip to Mexico, Emma Watson adopted Sofía, who she says seems to be more of an angel than a dog.

Max Greenfield

Just when you thought you couldn’t love the Greenfield family more, they added Darlene to their crew.

Ellen Pompeo

This Grey’s Anatomy star is saving lives on screen and in real life. Meet her newly adopted pup, Tom.

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell’s new family member, Jet, has a lot to sing about now that he has found a permanent home.

Michelle Pfeiffer

This “Catwoman” is actually all about rescuing dogs. Meet Michelle Pfeiffer’s newest sidekick, Dot.

Glen Powell

This actor just became even more of a heartthrob with his new “bodyguard” by his side.

Jada Pinkett Smith

The actor added another Smith to the squad when she adopted Lucco.

Jon Batiste and Suleika Jaouad Batiste

The couple adopted Sunshine, and it’s safe to say that this is what she’s brought into their lives.

Taylor Hill

This model can be seen strutting her stuff on the streets of New York City with her new companion, Salem.

Lesley-Ann Brandt

This fierce advocate for adoption can testify firsthand that new animal companions truly know what you’ve done for them and that their love is unmatched. Meet her new addition, Tui.

Samantha Hanratty

This Yellowjackets star welcomed Olive into her life this spring.

It may be Adopt-a-Dog Month, but don’t forget about cats.

Mariah Carey

This international superstar capped off her summer by adopting two sweet kittens her kids affectionately named Nacho and Rocky Jr.

Sarah Jessica Parker

And Just Like That … SJP adopted her co-star Shoe (aka “Lotus”).

Tom Brady

He’s a football legend turned cat dad. Tom Brady has his hands full these days with kittens instead of footballs.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

While celebrities are helping draw attention to the cause, you can make a difference by adopting animals and never buying them. As we celebrate National Adopt-a-Dog Month, let’s remember that adopting a dog is a life-changing decision that can bring immeasurable joy to both dogs and their new families. If you’re ready to adopt a dog, a cat, or another companion animal, please visit your local shelter or

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