If you had a million dollars, what would you do? If you love your dogs, like I do, how many of you would do something for animals? I've always dreamed of opening a senior pet rescue farm where we would rescue older pets from the terrors of abandonment and let them spend their days loved and wanted. 

It's hard to believe that animals are still being mistreated and even abused by humans. There are places that still see chubby dogs like our Riley  as a dinner. Eating dogs is common and still practiced as openly as snacking on a chicken nugget! 

But there are some hero celebrities who love animals as much as we do and have used their celebrity status and their money to make a difference in the lives of animals.  

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Simon Cowell donated money to help shut down dog meat farm

In the fall of 2018, America’s Got Talent judge and dog lover Simon Cowell donated over $32,000 to Humane Society International (HSI) in the UK. Simon said the reason why he donated is that eating dogs is like eating your best friend. He also said, if everyone comes together through social media, then enough people will listen to what’s going on in the world today. With Simon’s donation, by the end of September of 2018, more than 200 pooches were rescued from slaughter. The HSI charity already closed down 12 dog meat farms and saved close to 1,400 canines from becoming dog meat by the end of September 2018.

Cowell is a supporter of  PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and advocate for people to stop leaving their pets in cars.  He has also advocated for the release of captive dolphins.

This isn’t the first time Simon Cowell has supported HSI’s #EndDogMeat campaign.

Last year he gave an exclusive interview to Good Morning Britain on the eve of HSI’s rescue team setting off for Seoul on another rescue mission. He was incredibly moved by the plight of dogs suffering on the farms, and pledged to help directly to bring more dogs to safety.

Simon told GMB’s Pip Tomson, who has been involved in rescue efforts and herself owns a dog saved from this fate, said, “It’s like eating your friend. It’s the fact you’re eating such a kind, helpless, sweet animal.”

And Simon’s sentiments are increasingly echoed by campaigners in South Korea who are vociferously opposing killing dogs for meat.

Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

George Clooney's donation saved dogs rescued from backyard breeder.

George and Amal Clooney fans have one more reason to love the couple. The pair recently donated $10,000 to help care for nine Cocker Spaniels rescued from a backyard breeder in California.

“We literally didn’t know how we were even going to begin to start paying for all of these new dogs that we took in on the same day,” Camp Cocker founder Cathy Stanley told PEOPLE about the situation before the couple’s donation came in.

Thanks to George and Amal, all nine dogs were adopted into loving homes.

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Ellen Degeneris not only protects animals, but now has a Wildlife Fund. 

I could go on for hours about my love of Ellen and all that she has done for people and animals. She is one of my heros and I can't even get started. I love her so much. Ellen just launched another mission to offer design-forward alternatives to fur for the fashion industry.

Partnering with The Humane Society of the United States, Ellen released UnHide with Faux Fur blankets.  Other items will be available soon. 

This is in addition to her EllenFund  that supports global conservation efforts for endangered species. Founded in 2018 and focuses on helping wild gorillas.

Ricky Gervais donates time and money to help animals in crisis.

Gervais was awarded the Lord Houghton Award for Service to Animal Welfare by Animal Defenders International (ADI), for his animal advocacy work.

Gervais is known for using his social media power for good. He’s known for posting poignant messages on Facebook about trophy hunting, the atrocities of the fur industry, and the absurdity of keeping animals in captivity. He just recently shared a powerful message about the importance of bees on Twitter, as well as a passionate statement about the cruel Yulin dog meat festival.

Kaley Cuoco, has joined up with the Southern California non-profit, Paw Works, to encourage people to adopt their pets from shelters.

Paw Works aims to address the issue of animal overpopulation in shelters by educating citizens and raising awareness of the ongoing issues that the state’s abandoned animals face. I love this funny parody video whe and Brad Goreski made for their love of Paw Works. 

I love animals and fighting to ensure they are safe and loved is a priority for me.  Because of this love of animals, I've signed the petition to keep notorious dog fighter, Michael Vick from being a Pro Bowl captain. Dogs who were forced to take part in the deadly blood-sport were killed by horrific means, including electrocution, drowning and hanging. After the news broke, Vick was let go from the Falcons – and now, the NFL wants him to be honored? Their decision is a disgrace and it sends a terrible message.  You can add your name here to the letters sent to  NFLESPN, and Walt Disney

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