National Dog Adoption month: Co-operative Insurance and reveal top ten celebrity dog adopters

03 October 2014

Marking the launch of National Dog Adoption Month (October), The Co-operative Insurance and have revealed the top 10 celebrities to bring an adopted dog into their homes.


1.      George Clooney – Einstein

New wife Amal has some competition for Clooney’s affections in the form of rescue dog Einstein. Having spotted the Cocker Spaniel pup being advertised for adoption online, Clooney went to great lengths to ensure the pair hit it off when they first met, by rubbing meatballs on his shoes.


2.      Lily Allen – Mabel

Urging others to do the same, Lily adopted Mabel (originally named Honey) from Battersea Dogs home in 2008. It hasn’t been a completely smooth time for Mabel, having been the victim of two dog attacks, but at least she has a protective celebrity by her side.


3.      Jennifer Aniston – Sophie

After her beloved rescue dog Norman passed away in 2011, Jennifer was keen to bring another rescue puppy into her home. In 2012 she adopted Pit Bull-mix puppy, Sophie, as a happy companion to White German Shepherd-mix, Dolly.


4.      Jake Gyllenhaal – Atticus and Boo

Gyllenhaal’s two adopted dogs are named after Atticus Finch and Boo Radley, both characters from Jake’s favourite novel To Kill A Mockingbird.  German Shepherd mix Atticus was actually adopted whilst Jake was still with ex-girlfriend Kirsten Dunst, and whilst Jake now has custody of Atticus it is rumoured that Dunst retained ‘visitation rights’.


5.      Hilary Swank - Kai and Rumi

As an ambassador for animal adoption, Hollywood actress Hilary Swank is the proud owner of two rescue pups, Retriever-mix Rumi and Beagle-Terrier cross Kai. Giving both dogs the true rags to riches lifestyle, Hilary is even known to take them on holiday with her.


6.      Orlando Bloom - Sidi

Orlando is often spotted with his canine companion Sidi. Bloom adopted the black Saluki mix while filming Kingdom of Heaven in Africa, and recognised his origins by giving his beloved dog a Moroccan name. Sidi translates as Lord in Moroccan.


7.      Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber – Baylor

Adopted as a puppy in 2011, Baylor came home to one of the top celeb couples in the US. Surely the pet pooch must be very happy following recent rumours that his mum and dad are back together again.


8.      John Legend and Chrissy Teigen - Penny

The singer and model adopted Penny in June after hearing that the three legged French Bulldog was a victim of abuse and needed a new home. Poppy now frequently stars on her owners Instagram accounts.


9.      Ryan Reynolds – Baxter

Ryan met Baxter when searching for a pet dog as a companion for a friend. When he saw Baxter the Retriever whilst searching, he couldn’t resist adopting a dog for himself too, ensuring that two happy hounds went to good homes.


10.  Robert Pattinson – Bear

When Twilight star Robert adopted Bear with then girlfriend Kristen Stewart, he was days from being put down by a New Orleans Dog Shelter. Though life is much sweeter for Bear now, he has had some turbulent times having been caught up in a custody battle when Stewart and Pattinson broke up in 2012.


With over 6,000 dogs now waiting to be re-homed in rescue centres* across the UK, The Co-operative Insurance is sponsoring Dog Adoption website for the second year running. Since the partnership launched in 2013, the sponsorship has supported the rehoming of over 6,700 dogs saving the animal welfare industry £9.25million**.

Dog Adoption Month runs until October 31st and is aimed at raising the profile of dog adoption by increasing the awareness of the many rescue dogs across the UK in need of a home.

Speaking of the partnership, Andrew Nevitt, Pet Insurance Product Manager at The Co-operative Insurance said:

“We see time and time again from our customers that dogs truly are man’s best friend and bringing any pet into your home is a big decision that should never be taken without great consideration. As the trend for celebrity pet adoptions proves, there are thousands of dogs already out there in desperate need of a good home with the potential to be truly fantastic companions for you and your family.”

Kim O'Meara, co-founder of the adoption site said:

“Throughout National Dog Adoption Month we hope to debunk the myths about dogs in rescues being all damaged goods. Most dogs end up in care through no fault of their own and there are thousands up and down the country sitting, waiting and hoping for a home to call their own.”

*Figures based on approximately 400 rescue centres, all of which advertise the animals they house via
**Based on the average costs involved in caring for dogs in rescue centres at £1,380 per dog.


Notes to Editors

About The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest co-operative business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.” Owned by over eight million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 4,500 outlets, with around 87,000 employees and has an annual turnover of £11 billion with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services.


About launched in January 2007 as a platform to rescues of all sizes to publicise the dogs in their care looking for new homes.

Since launching, the site has helped over 29,000 dogs to find new homes and works with 400+ rescue centres across the UK helping raise awareness for dogs in their care searching for a family to call their own.


For further information please contact:

Lauren Hoult

The Co-operative Insurance

Tel: 0161 767 4256