If you are a member of the Cullen family in the movie, "Twilight," Vampiress Victoria might end your blood-sucking life.
But, if you are a homeless dog or cat, Rachelle Lefevre, the actress that plays Victoria in the hit film, will work very hard to make sure you are rescued!
This week, Rachelle -- who is an ambassador for the no-kill shelter and the proud parent of many adopted pets -- was at the grand opening of the Best Friends Animal Society's new no-kill animal adoption center in Mission Hills, Calif.
She first became involved with BFAS five years ago as a donor. Then, three years ago she told us she started helping the shelter with some of its initiatives. Now, she is one of its celebrity ambassadors.
The actress said if there was one lesson she would like her fans and friends to learn from her activism, it would be that is very important to make sure you get your pets from local animal shelters instead of pet stores.
"When you buy from a pet store, chances are extremely high that the puppies came from puppy mills," she said.
Puppy mills are places that breed dogs to make money. The owners of them do not care about the animals, which they house in tiny cages and in bad conditions, with little human contact and often no veterinary care.
Rachelle said the great thing about BFAS is that it supports many "no-kill" shelters (meaning that they never euthanize animals, unlike most government-funded shelters).
Although BFAS's building was funded by a Los Angeles bond, one of the things that is so important about this shelter is that it's privately funded, Rachelle said. The center will receive donations (approximately $1 million per year) to pay for staffing and to keep it a no-kill facility.
"In 2012, more than 3,000 animals will be adopted through this shelter," she said. "And, more than 6,000 pets will be spayed and neutered through low-cost and free programs."
Did Rachelle's role as a vampire help her to connect with the plight of animals?
"It definitely helped me to sympathize with the plight of the pit bull," she said, as she giggled at our question and told us about BFAS's Pit Bull initiative. "Pit bulls get a bad rep for being a dangerous breed, but they are really misunderstood. They are not dangerous. In fact, any animal can be made to be aggressive ... just like vampires."
So, don't mess with the animals, folks, because Rachelle's got their back.
And, she is the one with the "wicked curve ball."
- Visit Rachelle's BFAS Ambassador page
- Check out the Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook
- Check out the BFAS website, here
- Learn more about Rachelle's new show on CBS, "A Gifted Man"
- Follow "A Gifted Man" on Twitter: @AGiftedMan_CBS
- Tweet Rachelle via @RachelleLefevre
Top photo: Rachelle at the BFAS grand opening event; inset photo: Rachelle with her pet, Jack. He is a white, miniature poodle mix. She said she rescued him from a "kill" shelter two years ago -- just one day before he was scheduled to be euthanized.
Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles Grand Opening Attendee List
- Los Angeles City Council Member Richard Alarcón
- Los Angeles City Council Member Tony Cardenas
- Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz
- Los Angeles City Council Member Dennis Zine
- Representatives of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villairagosa (The mayor had to bow out to host the VP of China and VPOTUS Joe Biden.)
- Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry)
- Teri Polo (Meet the Fockers)
- Emmanuelle Vaugier (Lost Girl, Two and a Half Men)
- Eric & Eliza Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables)
- Julie Marie Berman her husband Mike (General Hospital)
- Jackson Galaxy (My Cat from Hell)
- Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Shameless)
- Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight, A Gifted Man)
- Danny Trejo (Sons of Anarchy, Spy Kids)
- Tim Omundson (Psych, Judging Amy)
- Jason Gray-Stanford (Monk, A Beautiful Mind)
Photos from the grand opening
Hilary Swank and Silva Battista -- one of the co-founders of Best Friends Animal Society
Officials cut the new center's ribbon
Emmanuelle Vaugier - Canadian actress whose credits include "Two And A Half Men"
Danny Trejo -- an actor and a real-life cultural hero in LA
"Twilight" Star Rachelle Lefevre with Danny Trejo
Jackson Galaxy -- star of "My Cat From Hell" on Animal Planet (he designed the cat rooms at the new center)
Amy Smart of "The Butterfly Effect" -- and, an upcoming thriller called "7500"
Jason Gray Stanford -- detective on "Monk" on the USA Network -- and Emmanuelle Vaugier.
Photos: Rachelle with her rescue dog, Jack
Video: BFAS opens new adoption center in Los Angeles
Video: Rachelle's PSA: "Invisible Dogs"
Video: Rachelle in "Twilight"
Photos: Rachelle in "Twilight"
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