8 Stars Tell Us How Having a Dog Changed Their Life

Celebrities came out last night for the ASPCA’s annual Young Friends Benefit in New York City at the IAC Building, a cornerstone fundraising event  that brings together passionate people to lead the charge in providing a voice for the voiceless. While these people looked to raise awareness about homeless dogs, they also shared with This Dog’s Life the love they had for their pet pooches.

Hosted by actress Sutton Foster and supermodel Irina Shayk, the event kicked off with a number of high-profiled guests, along with super cute adoptable dogs, walking the orange carpet. Singer Lance Bass, designer Christian Siriano and model Hailey Clauson, among many others were excited to show their support for the organization’s mission of reducing the number of homeless, abused and neglected animals in the U.S. Once inside, people were able to enjoy cocktails and appetizers while mingling with like-minded folks. There was also a silent auction with amazing prizes, artwork by Baron Von Fancy and music by May Kwok.

Related: Celebs are Coming Out for ASPCA’s Young Friends Benefit this Thursday

“The growth of this event and the growth of this movement is incredibly exciting,” Matthew Bershadker, CEO of the ASPCA, told This Dog’s Life. “What it says to me is that Americans care about animals, and they want animals to be afforded the appropriate respect they deserve, be protected under the law and end the killing of shelter pets across this country. The tremendous support we receive simply illustrates all of that.”

Matthew Bershadker of the ASPCA
Matthew Bershadker of the ASPCA

With so many animal lovers in one place, we wanted to know how having a dog has changed their lives.

Here are a few of our favorite replies:

1. Actress Katrina Bowden talking about her dog Puffin

Katrina Bowden Young Friends Benefit
Katrina Bowden Young Friends Benefit. Image Credit Getty.

“It is so rewarding; I am never lonely,” Bowden told us. “When my husband is not home, the dog is home and he always makes me feel good about myself.”

Katrina Bowden and her dog Puffin via Instagram
Katrina Bowden and her dog Puffin via Instagram

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2. Singer, songwriter and actress Orfeh on her dog Boo Boo

Orfeh at Young Friends Benefit. Image Credit Getty.
Orfeh at Young Friends Benefit. Image Credit Getty.

“We have ups and down in the entertainment business but whatever happens, they’re the one constant,” she says. “They ground us into the world that we live in outside of the entertainment business. You are just giving your love to something else and it feels very mutual.”

Related: ASPCA’s Latest Raid Shines a Light On the Life of a Puppy Mill Dog

Orfeh and dog
Orfeh and her dog via Instagram

3. Designer Christian Siriano on his dogs Topper and Bear

Christian Siriano at Young Friends Benefit. Image Credit Getty
Christian Siriano at Young Friends Benefit. Image Credit Getty

“They are your best friend,” says Siriano. “When you work really hard, especially in New York City, and you get to come home to  something that loves you and doesn’t care about anything else that happened in your day is the best thing. I can’t imagine life without them.”

Christian Siriano via Instagram
Christian Siriano via Instagram

4. Actress Sutton Foster on her dog Mabel

Sutton Foster Young Friends Benefit. Getty Images.
Sutton Foster Young Friends Benefit. Getty Images.

“I will never not have a dog in my life. It is so amazing to have something to take care of, something you are responsible for beyond yourself,” Sutton says. But they also remind you every day that can be very simple.   Even yesterday I was having a rough day and was stressing out and came back to hang out with her, and she was just like, ‘Rub my belly. I don’t really care if you have had a good or bad day, I just want to be loved.'”

Related: Hilary Swank and Edie Falco Honored at ASPCA’s 18th Annual Bergh Ball

Sutton and Mabel via Instagram
Sutton and Mabel via Instagram

5. Model Hailey Clauson on her dog Mahala

Hailey
Hailey Clauson at Young Friends Benefit. Getty Images.

“I have always loved dogs but once I had my own, I became obsessed with dogs. Like on the street, I will be talking to people’s dogs, ignoring the humans,” Clauson says. “I am kind of crazy dog lady; I want like ten dogs but it is hard in the city.”

Hailey Clauson and TK via Instagram
Hailey Clauson and Mahala  via Instagram

6. Model Allie Rizzo on Sam, Benny and Sophie

Allie Rizzo at Young Friends Benefit. Getty Images.
Allie Rizzo at Young Friends Benefit. Getty Images.

“For me the companionship of the dog — there is nothing better. When you come home and there is always something waitng for you and gives you comfort,” Rizzo says. “I feel like the love they give me is just so incredible. I really think that people that have dogs are happier people.”

Allie Rizzo via Instagram
Allie Rizzo via Instagram

7. Actress Kimiko Glenn on her dog Arnold

Kimiko Glenn
Kimiko Glenn at Young Friends Benefit. Getty Images.

“I wanted him to be an emotional support animal when I first got him, so I immediately started training him,” Glenn says. “I think having him as an emotional support animal has really helped me, because I have anxiety, so I bring him everywhere. Truly, it helps get my mind off my self and on a separate, living being, and it almost takes away my anxiety. I feel like my anxiety when I am with him is almost gone, and so in that way, it has changed my life in a huge way.

with Arnold via Instagram
Kimiko Glenn with Arnold via Instagram

8. Singer Lance Bass on his dogs Dingo, Lily and his recently passed pup Foster

Lance Bass at Young Friends Benefit. Getty Images
Lance Bass at Young Friends Benefit. Getty Images

“When I got two of my rescues, it was the day I moved to Los Angeles. They have seen everything. They have been through the ups and downs, and it the only time you will feel unconditional love and there is nothing like it,” says Bass. “The love that they give you; you just can’t describe it. It just makes me happy to come home.”

Lance Bass and Lily via Instagram
Lance Bass and Lily via Instagram

All images of the event courtesy of the ASPCA

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