Hilary Swank comes to dogs’ rescue

Romanian capital Bucharest is home to over 35,000 stray dogs and some people are saying that the only solution is to round up the animals to euthanize them. Others want them in shelters — but the two sides can’t come to an agreement. Oscar-winner Hilary Swank visited the city last week to present her solution to the problem. The Million Dollar Baby actress believes that neutering/spaying pets and bringing stray animals together with disadvantaged individuals is the best resolution. In an interview with The Associated Press the actress recalled an incident she experienced while visiting a retirement home. “There was a woman [who] didn’t get out of bed, and after a few weeks of the dog coming to visit she’s up walking, the dog literally got her out of bed.” The star believes that animals are healing and is in support of the Romanian foundation, Vier Pfoten (Four Paws). Hilary revealed that she will be starting a charity herself called “Hilaroo” to bring animals and disadvantaged individuals together. She said, “I believe in a ‘No-Kill’ policy, hopefully getting to a place where we have ‘No-Kill’ universally and just a more caring attitude in general to all animals.” ~Stacy Raivich

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  1. Missy • June 28, 2012 @ 9:35 AM

    Good for her. I love when famous people put their influence to good use.

  2. AnnieC • June 28, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

    It’s very heartwarming. I wish someone would do something for the Ukraine’s stray dogs & cats being poisoned or shot to death now in order to present a false “clean” place to the world.

  3. Jonathan • June 28, 2012 @ 1:31 PM

    Nice. She just became my new favourite celebrity.

  4. Anonymous • June 28, 2012 @ 2:10 PM

    Very nice of her. But what about putting her time and money toward the millions of suffering PEOPLE in the world??

  5. Amanda • June 28, 2012 @ 2:54 PM

    People can speak and ask for help. Dogs have no voice. There are soooo many humanitarian charities out there helping people. Very few helping animals. Kudos to Hilary.

  6. mandee • June 28, 2012 @ 3:13 PM

    i dont read or hear much about hilary swank, but i have always loved her. i am really happy to hear that she has a good set of values and is working towards putting them in motion. way to go!

  7. Serena • June 28, 2012 @ 3:36 PM

    I totally understand and applaud her, I am a dog lover myself and have a beautiful Akita named BEAR. However with all the money these celebrities make how come you don’t see more donations and such for starving children right here in North America. The poverty is so sad. Help animalsfine, but help save lives of People too!!!!

  8. Shmoo • June 28, 2012 @ 6:01 PM

    I love it when people say, “That’s really nice, but …” How about you focus on the causes that matter to you, and let others do the same? Everyone has something to contribute – time and/or money – and it’s no one’s place to tell another how they should spend it. Hilary Swank is doing a very admirable thing here and she’s making a huge difference in the lives of animals AND people. If you’re concerned about poverty, then do what you can to change it. But stop judging others because they choose to champion a different cause. Gee whiz.

    I for one applaud Hilary’s efforts. I have always felt she was a class act, and now I hold her in even higher esteem. Good for you, Hilary! You’re changing lives!

  9. Ingrid • June 28, 2012 @ 11:22 PM

    Cant stand when someone does good for animals and people ask why they don’t help people instead. Such a naive comment!! Animals need help too.

  10. Terry • June 29, 2012 @ 12:38 AM

    Shmoo & Ingrid …..I agree 100% with you!!!!
    Kudos to Hilary! What a kind person! She’s now my #1.
    Serena, go find your own cause to support & stop dictating where others should put their donations, caring and support.

  11. Sue • June 29, 2012 @ 9:20 AM

    I truly beleive that pets have healing qualities – but why do they have to cost so much?! let her pay to have them “fixed” and shipped over here for those of us that can’t afford a pet (meaning the purchase price/adoption fee) but would LOVE to add a four legged friend to their family! – we are a low income family that have been talking about getting a dog, only everywhere seems to want $100.00+ for the pet! I know that there are costs involved once the canine is “home” , and we are totally prepard to “deal with that” but .. no one will just give usa dog! Would LOVE one tho! (had one for 10 years BEFORE kids, now kids REALLY WANT!) too bad we couldn’t just go out and catch one here in Ontario :o) Maybe this is the type of organization she sould start – pets for poor people :o)

  12. Debbie Magnin • June 29, 2012 @ 4:36 PM

    good for her that is such a great thing that she is doing.

  13. LuvMyVamps! • June 29, 2012 @ 9:32 PM

    I adore Hilary Swank such an kind soul…

  14. NastyNellie • June 30, 2012 @ 2:29 AM

    Sue…. I appreciate your desire to give a dog a home. BUT….. If you can’t afford a hundred bucks for the price of a dog, how will you afford to give it veterinary care if it gets sick sometimes….or needs its teeth cleaned….or gets an infection…..or swallows something that needs to be surgically removed? These are all things to consider when adopting, or buying a dog. They deserve to be looked after by a vet when they need to be. They aren’t just toys for someone’s kids.

  15. J. • July 1, 2012 @ 4:35 AM

    Exactly NastyNellie. Pets require a lot of care, especially as they age. Veterinary services are very expensive. We recently spent almost $10,000 when our cat had to have surgery and stay at the animal hospital for two weeks.

  16. LuvMyVamps! • July 1, 2012 @ 6:36 PM

    Blah, blah, blah. Read beween the lines people Hilary Swank is an *CELEBRITY* of course she can afford veterinarian services! Duh…

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