At ‘To the Rescue’ Gala Stars Share What Having a Dog Means to Them

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Last week, celebs, philanthropists and animal lovers showed their support for The Humane Society of the United States by attending the organization’s annual gala “To the Rescue! New York.”

Held at the stunning Cipriani in Manhattan, a number of high-profile guests walked the red carpet before going inside. Some people who made an appearance included actors Jason Biggs, Lauren Blumenfeld, Jenny Mollen and Zachary Quinto; musician Moby; model and philanthropist Amanda Hearst, anchor Gayle King and comedian Mario Cantone, who also served as host. Also, Instagram celeb dog Toast Meets World was present with her owner Katie Sturino and Hearst’s dog Finn was there to represent Friends of Finn, an organization looking to stop puppy mills.

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Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and huge animal activist, was among those honored at the event for “her tireless work to protect all animals.”

**Compassion in Action award Honoree Georgina Bloomberg walks the red carpet at The Humane Society of the United States To the Rescue! New York Gala: Saving Animal Lives on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 in New York City. To the Rescue! is a benefit in celebration of the life-saving work of its animal rescue efforts across the nation and around the world. In its seventh year, the event honored Georgina Bloomberg and HUGO BOSS, and featured a performance by Moby. (Amy Sussman/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)
Georgina Bloomberg  (Amy Sussman/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)

“It’s something that I am incredibly humbled by, and it’s empowering,” Blooomberg tells This Dog’s Life. “It’s nice to have someone say, ‘you’re great, and you are doing good work.”‘

The other honoree was fashion brand HUGO BOSS for its “commitment to humane alternatives and sustainable business strategies.”

After walking the red carpet, the evening included a three-course vegan dinner, auctions, an awards ceremony and a performance by Moby. HSUS organization ended up raising $1.7 million to support its efforts.

Moby (Charles Sykes/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)
Moby (Charles Sykes/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)

With some many animal lovers in one spot, our Angela Helfrich had to ask them what having a dog in their life meant to them.

Here is what a few had to say:

Amanda Hearst’s dog started a movement.

Event chair's Amanda Hearst and Steve Read. (Amy Sussman/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)
Event chair’s Amanda Hearst and Steve Read. (Amy Sussman/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)

My dog Finn; I started a charity after him. The whole initiative started after finding out he was from a puppy mill. So, Friends of Finn is a group with the Humane Society to help end puppy mills, because he is okay but his parents are probably not okay.

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Amanda with her dog Finn.

Amanda Hearst and Finn
Instagram/Amanda Hearst

Katie Sturino’s famed dog has helped get the word out about adoption.

Finn (@friendsoffinn) and Toast (@toastmeetsworld) (Amy Sussman/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)
Finn (@friendsoffinn) and Toast (@toastmeetsworld) (Amy Sussman/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)

Katie living the life with Toast.

Toast Meets world for HSUS event
ToastMeetsWorld/Instagram

Toast has brought a lot of joy to my life. I was thinking about how she was my date for tonight, and I was looking at her in the cab and was like, we are basically best friends.

I think the most rewarding thing about running her Instagram account (currently has 370,000 followers) is meeting people on the street who have said they have adopted, because they found out about Toast’s story.

Related: Humane Society, ASPCA Push for Stricter Standard for Puppy Mill Dogs

Jenny Mollen’s dog saved her life.

**Actors Jenny Mollen, left, and Jason Biggs walk the red carpet at The Humane Society of the United States To the Rescue! New York Gala: Saving Animal Lives on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 in New York City. To the Rescue! is a benefit in celebration of the life-saving work of its animal rescue efforts across the nation and around the world. In its seventh year, the event honored Georgina Bloomberg and HUGO BOSS, and featured a performance by Moby. (Amy Sussman/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)
Actors Jenny Mollen,and Jason Biggs  (Amy Sussman/Invision for The Humane Society of The United States/AP Images)

My dog, Mr Teets, I got him when I was 21 years old and had him up until last year. He turned me into an adult. Having to care for him taught me to be an adult and actually love humans. He got me over my eating disorder and basically saved my life.

Jenny with her pup before he passed.

Jenny and Mr Teets 1
JennyandTeets2/Instagram

Jason Biggs (Mollen’s husband) on providing love all the time.

Jason Biggs and Mr Teets
biggsjason/Instagram

The downside of having a dog is you get spoiled with that unconditional love. It is truly the purest love that you can imagine.

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