President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle made national news when they announced they planned to adopt, rather than buy, a dog for their daughters. Shelter administrators and animal advocates from around the country applauded their decision, but they’re not the first celebrities who have opted to adopt. Check out our list of luminaries who chose strays and shelter pups–and couldn’t be happier with their selections.
Mischa Barton – mutt: Charlie
Orlando Bloom – mutt: Sidi
Adam Brody – American Pit Bull Terrier mix: Penny Lane
Sandra Bullock – mutts: Poppy and Ruby
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart – Chihuahua: Nellie
Jake Gyllenhaal – German Shepherd: Atticus Finch
JK Rowling – Greyhound: Sapphire
Charlize Theron – mutt: Tucker
Visit our Obama dog page for the latest news and updates on the presidential dog.