After indulging yourself with all the goodies that are a part of the Thanksgiving celebration, sitting down in front of the television has become another holiday tradition. But instead of football, this Thursday evening, check out a show that has a lot of heart: “FOX’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular,” which celebrates man’s — and woman’s — best friend with inspiring stories of rescues dogs and the people who dedicate themselves to saving the lives of our canine companions.
“In 2011, my sister was dying of cancer,” says executive producer Michael Levitt. “It was at that time that I knew that I wanted to bring a rescue dog into my life. So my partner and I rescued Trooper. He’s a pit bull with 12 BB pellets inside him. But now he lives a life of belly rubs and treats 24 hours a day. Trooper is what really inspired me to come up with the idea of ‘Cause for Paws.’ The premise really is that we’ve seen the entertainment industry come together for causes such as Hurricane Katrina, Hope for Haiti, and Stand Up For Cancer. Now it’s time for them to rally for man’s best friend.”
Co-hosts Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank will be joined on “FOX’s Cause for Paws” by celebrities including Paula Abdul, David Arquette, Kristin Chenoweth, Max Greenfield, Kathy Griffin, Julianne Hough, Randy Jackson, Cesar Millan, Olivia Munn, Jerry O’Connell, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Amber Riley, Rebecca Romijn, Emmy Rossum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Betty White in a special that will include awards and showcase a variety of canine categories.
“Tonight’s show is really about creating awareness and letting people know that there’s 8 million dogs and cats in our shelters across the country, and 4 million don’t make it out alive,” says Leavitt, who has added a second rescue dog to his family, Nelson, a pit bull mix. “I truly think that if enough people were aware of that, they’d chose rescue the next time they are going to get a dog.”
In addition, “FOX’s Cause for Paws” will also give provide viewers with information regarding adoptable animals in their local areas, as well giving them the opportunity to donate to rescue organizations located through the United States.
“On our show, people will have the opportunity to apply to adopt one of the 70 dogs we are going to feature throughout the show, by going to FOX.com/cause-for-paws, where they can fill out an application that will be vetted by the rescue sponsor. The rescues will be responsible for the adoption process. In addition, people can donate money to the Petfinder Foundation, which is a wonderful organization that is set up to donate money to small rescue groups nationwide. So what is really great is people’s donations will go to the rescues that are in the trenches, rolling up their sleeves and doing the work to save these animals.”
“FOX’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular” airs Thursday, Nov. 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
And for those of you who may be worried about Trooper, Levitt says the vet tells him that scar tissue has encapsulated the BBs, so his health is just fine.