In preparation for his appearance at Saturday evening’s 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards, Dusty, the pooch on HBO’s True Blood, is probably polishing his claws, conditioning his fur, and trying on designer collars.
Or maybe he’s just grabbing a few extra naps to save his strength for all the grins, wags, and kisses he’ll be expected to dispense at the star-spangled Hollywood gala benefiting The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Dusty joins fellow celebs including Betty White, Alyssa Milano, and Victoria Stillwell to honor “major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public consciousness of animal issues,” as described by media materials from HSUS.
Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) has been chosen for The Wyler Award, “bestowed on a celebrity or public figure that has made news on behalf of animals… in recognition of the attention she has brought to the plight of orphaned African elephants impacted by the increase in elephant poaching for their ivory tusks.”
The Wyler Award takes its name from the late Gretchen Wyler, the longtime, devoted animal advocate and former Broadway star who founded the Genesis Awards and touched the lives of many animals as well as humans along the way (including that of this reporter).
Saturday’s event will include a gourmet vegan dinner, a benefit auction, and an up-close look at celebs decked out in their glamorous best.
Animal Planet will premiere the show at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
Please check this page again next week for Animal Policy Examiner’s reports and photos from what’s known as the Academy Awards for animals.
More celebs scheduled to attend:
Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Alyssa Milano (Hall Pass)
Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland)
Jane Leeves (Hot in Cleveland)
Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland)
Emily Deschanel (Bones)
Michael Vartan (Hawthorne)
Leona Lewis (Singer)
Rene Russo (Thor)
Ed Asner (Working Class)
James Cromwell (Secretariat)
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (of Los Angeles)
Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck)
Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory)
Ryan O’Neal (Bones)
Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist)
Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2)
Tippi Hedren (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
Carol Leifer (Rules of Engagement)
Stephanie Pratt (The Hills)
Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family)
Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk)
Atticus Shaffer (The Middle)
Brendan Brazier (Author: The Thrive Diet)
Carrie Preston (True Blood)
Charlotte Ross (Glee)
Danny Trejo (Machete)
Dr. Birute Galdikas (Born to Be Wild 3D)
Dusty (the dog from True Blood)
Elaine Hendrix (Poor Paul)
Esai Morales (Los Americans)
Fivel Stewart (Logan)
Kathy Freston (Author: The Veganist)
Kristen Renton (Sons of Anarchy)
Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood)
Megan Blake (Eyeborgs)
Mike Webber (Director: The Elephant in the Living Room)
Milow the Girl (Singer/Songwriter)
Nigel Barker (America’s Next Top Model)
Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist)
Persia White (Girlfriends)
Robert Davi (Criminal Minds)
Sally Pressman (Army Wives)
Sam Witwer (Being Human)
Shorty Rossi (Pit Boss)
Tamar Geller (Author: The Loved Dog)
Tim Harrison (The Elephant in the Living Room)
Tim Kang (The Mentalist)
Tricia Helfer (No Ordinary Family)
Victoria Stillwell (It’s Me or The Dog)
Wayne Pacelle (HSUS president & CEO)
Will Estes (Blue Bloods)
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Katerina Lorenzatos Makris (a.k.a. Kathryn Makris) has written 18 books for major publishers and hundreds of articles for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Petside.com, and two regional news wire services.
A cofounder of AnimalBeat.org, she holds a B.A. in Environmental Science Studies and a lifelong interest in animal issues.
Among her books are Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know about Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press), coauthored with Shelley Frost begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, and The Eco-Kids, a series of novels for tweens (Avon Books).
Her story “Small Change” placed as a finalist in The Bark magazine’s short fiction contest and appeared in the November 2010 issue.
She may be reached at [email protected]