The Lighthouse Wave is inspired by the daily actions of passionate activists fighting for animal rights. As a lifelong animal activist, I have fostered and adopted goats, cows, sheep, dogs, cats and rabbits on my farm. Here are a few celebrities and heroes who use their fame to promote the compassionate and humane treatment of animals. One very important component of The Lighthouse Wave is using your spare time to make a difference in the world. These celebrities and heroes have done just that as they have increased awareness, educated numerous individuals and raised millions of dollars for non-profit animal welfare organizations. Make an effort to support these folks as they model The Lighthouse Wave. Supporting these individuals and their foundations will help animals in the end ~ Denise
Surf Dogs and Their Owners Raise Money For The Humane Society!
On a beautiful August day in Imperial Beach, California, I attended The Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition. There were over 50 dogs at the event who were having a great time. The dogs were running, playing and jumping in the water. The dogs were surfing up a storm and were scored by a panel of judges in three different categories: length of time spent on the board, size of the wave, and perceived comfort while on the board. All of the money from this event went to the San Diego Humane Society! They even had adoptable dogs at the event.
Dogs have been surfing with their owners for a long time – there is documentation in the United States of dogs surfing with their humans in the 1920’s. There was a dog surfing in a movie in the 1930’s, a surfing pup in National Geographic in the 1940’s and a dog surfing on Animal Planet in the 1980’s. In 2006, two organizations got together and started dog surfing competitions for charities. The surf dog competitions have raised tons of money and awareness for numerous charities.
Here’s the exciting news! Turbo (the dog in the picture above) is a finalist to surf Lucy Pet Foundation’s record breaking Rose Parade float! He needs your votes at https://www.lucypetproducts.com/ride-of-a-lifetime/ and while you’re there, enter to win a VIP trip to the Rose Parade where one lucky person will get to ride the float in the parade! Check out Lucy Pet Products too–the sales support the important work of the Lucy Pet Foundation! Check out a dog surfing event near you and take a ride on The Lighthouse Wave!
Animal Activist Ian Somerholder
Many people know Ian Somerholder from his work on Vampire Diaries, Lost and Smallville but he is a great activist for animals. My son and I met him recently and he is a kind and compassionate man. On his birthday in 2010, he launched The Ian Somerholder Foundation to support pet adoption and support no kill animal shelters. On Twitter, Somerhalder announced, he was setting up Ian Somerhalder Foundation and “Instead of gifts this year, my birthday wish is that we come together and raise funds to support projects that protect our habitat and nurture our furry friends.”
Furthermore, Somerhalder helped with the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster in 2010. He cleaned oil off wildlife and taped public service announcements. Also, he supports the St. Tammany Humane Society, an organization for animal shelter and welfare. Somerhalder and his Vampire Diaries co-stars Candice Accola and Michael Trevino volunteer with the It Gets Better Project which helps prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
Linda Nebbe Saves Animals
My friend Linda Nebbe, assistant professor of applied human sciences at The University of Northern Iowa, has spent her life in service of animals. Linda has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for more than 35 years and founded the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project more than 18 years ago. This volunteer program in Iowa serves individuals by helping them work with and care for orphaned, injured or displaced wild animals. She always was involved in organizing P.E.T. P.A.L.S., a local Animal-Assisted Activities/Therapy program.
Linda strongly believes in biophilia: the connection of humans with the life on earth. Linda’s home has been a haven numerous animals and children. When appropriate, animals are also incorporated into her profession as a therapist – she brings her owl with her often! Her book Nature as a Guide is about the application of animals, plants, and nature in counseling, therapy, and education.
Cloris Leachman is an Animal Lover!
Cloris Leachman is an amazing actress and passionate activist for animal rights. I really enjoyed visiting with her recently as she is smart, witty and a ton of fun! She is an Academy Award winner and has won nine Emmy Awards. She is best known from her television roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis and Raising Hope. Also, she starred on season 7 of Dancing With the Stars. Her film career includes The Last Picture Show and she has appeared in three classic Mel Brooks films.
“I’ve always loved animals,” says the actress and she proves it by using her celebrity to promote animal rights. She is a Best Friends Acclaimed Ambassador and a poster girl for PETA doing public service announcements for spaying and neutering your animals. Cloris Leachman fights for citizens’ right to document cruelty to animals because she believes that people must help local, state and federal officials enforce anti-cruelty laws. Recently she sent letters to almost 300 retirement communities that have caged animals on display to urge them to partner with PETA and move the animals to more humane settings.
Linda Blair’s WorldHeart Foundation Fights Animal Cruelty!
Linda Blair is best known for her role as Regan in the film The Exorcist. She was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for this role. She says,“The film was such a hit and caused such a stir among religious sectors that they tried to ban it. People would accuse me of being the devil and I was constantly being asked adult questions about good and evil.” In the 1970s, she was charged with drug possession and conspiracy to sell drugs. Linda worked hard to build herself and now is an animal rights activist, working with PETA, Feed The Children and the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation. She is a kind, caring and compassionate woman.
Since childhood Linda has always wanted a career helping animals. “In the 80s I became involved with animal welfare. I’m very proud of my non-profit organization, the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation which finds homes for rescue dogs.” She notes that Simon Cowell donates $50,000 a year to help her foundation. She wants to increase the level of awareness on issues such as pet overpopulation and dog fighting. If you are interested in supporting Linda Blair’s Worldheart Foundation you can give a tax-deductible cash donation, buy something her CafePress store or bid on one of Linda’s eBay auction items. Also click her for volunteering at her facility or becoming a foster family for their rescues.
Edward Asner is a Defender of Wildlife!
Edward Asner is an actor known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant. He earned 7 Emmys and 3 Golden Globe Awards. In 2009, he was the voice of Carl Fredricksen in the film Up.
Ed Asner exclaims, “[Actors] have a glorious profession. Learning the root of becoming a good actor will prepare you for any other non scientific approach to life or career. It will help you with sales. It will help you with teaching. It helps you in a number of great many places. Learn how to be a good actor or director and use it in the world with whatever cause or course you take. ”
Edward Asner has spent a lifetime in service to others using his acting skills to work on many causes. He is a board member for the wildlife conservation organization Defenders of Wildlife and works to protect the nation’s wildlife. Also Edward Asner is a member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an advisor to the Rosenberg Fund for Children, and on the advisory board for Exceptional Minds.
Twilights’ Booboo Stewart Supports Animal Rights and More!
Booboo Stewart is known for his portrayal of wolfpack member Seth Clearwater in The Twilight Saga. He also co-starred in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and 2015’s Disney Channel’s Descendants. He had a record deal with Walt Disney and the age of 12 and continues to work in the music industry. Also, Booboo works to be strong and healthy and is an accomplished martial artist. He has won two World Championships and was inducted into the Jr Blackbelt Hall of Fame.
Booboo Stewart gives of his time unselfishly. He was spotted in a PETA campaign, encouraging people to adopt animals rather than to buy them from pet stores. “If you guys are interested in getting any kind of animal, definitely go and adopt,” Booboo has said. In 2010, he was named a Celebrity Ambassador by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In his role, Stewart is helping raise awareness in the fight against muscle diseases and also travelled to Perth, Australia to raise money for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.
Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody has a Kind Heart!
I chatted with Adrien Brody recently on the red carpet at The San Diego Film Festival. Adrien is an actor known for his Academy Award winning role in The Pianist. Winning the award when he was just 29, he is the youngest actor to win in that category. He has appear in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Thin Red Line, The Pianist, Midnight in Paris and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Adrien has also starred on many television shows including Saturday Night Live and the miniseries Houdini.
Adrien has supported the following charities and causes: Artists for Peace and Justice,Barbara Davis Center for Childhood diabetes, Hollywood Arts, NYCLASS, Racing For Kids, The Art of Elyseum, UNICEF, AIDS & HIV, Animals, At-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Cancer, Disaster Relief, Health, Human Rights, Poverty, Senior Citizen Support and Slavery & Human Trafficking. He did an ad for PETA and told Adweek in a statement, “The bottom line is that we no longer can excuse the exploitation that exists in this world. Great apes are no exception. They are extremely sensitive, intelligent and emotional beings. It’s sad that they’re still commonly used in television and film, especially when we know how much they suffer behind the scenes. Acting should be left to actors—and that means human beings who have a choice in the matter.”
Eric Roberts Shines Bright
Eric Roberts is a great actor who began his career with a Golden Globe Award nomination for King of the Gypsies. In 1985, he had both a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in Runaway Train. His TV work includes three seasons with the sitcom Less than Perfect, a role on Heroes, and a long role on the NBC daytime soap opera Another World . He is credited with over 100 film and television roles. His sisters Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan and daughter Emma Roberts are respected actresses.
Eric is a vegan animal activist and environmentalist. He and his wife, Eliza, have been animal lovers all their lives, and have rescued many companion animals from dogs and cats to horses. Eric and Eliza work with Precious Paws, Best Friends, Animal Alliance and Cat Connection. They also do rescue work with children through www.naturalchild.org.
Summer Glau Supports The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Summer Glau is a beautiful young actress who is best known as River Tam in both Firefly and Serenity, Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Tess Doerner in The 4400, and Isabel Rochev in Arrow. She starred in movies and TV shows including Inside the Box, Deadly Honeymoon, Angel, Chuck, Cold Case and The Cape. Summer was classically trained as a ballet dancer but a broken toe ended her career in dance.
Summer does tons of charity work and has been involved in a number of charities, such as Equality Now, B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Center, and Music 4 More. She is an animal lover and hand-painted a decorative pet bowl to raise money for The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Summer lives to give!
John Salley Works With PETA!
John Salley is a retired American professional basketball player, actor and talk show host. He was the first player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises. Salley played both forward and center for the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Panathinaikos BC and Los Angeles Lakers. He was the host of Fox Sports Net show The Best Damn Sports Show Period.
John Salley is vegan and started “John Salley Foods.” He works with PETA and has done PSA for them. Also he has partnered with Watertree Health, a leading provider of free prescription discount cards, to promote and distribute their card to folks who needs help paying for their medicines. Furthermore, Salley is a huge supporter of Operation Smile. He traveled to Brazil for a medical mission and said,“One of the highlights of my life was when I was fortunate enough to go on a mission to Fortaleza. Volunteers from all over the world come together to donate their time and love – and they truly do make a difference. It was amazing to see how, in such a short time, these children’s lives are forever changed. It makes me smile every time I think about it.”