You may know "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba for her passionate critiques on the dance floor, but did you also know she's a devoted pet owner and animal welfare advocate?
When the success of "Dancing with the Stars" left her feeling unfulfilled, Inaba, who owns six cats and a dog, was inspired by her passion for animals. She resolved to use her fame to further the plight of homeless pets, and teamed up with digital entertainment network Petsami to produce a weekly web series called Crib Cat, which premiered today on the website's YouTube channel.
Inaba recently told OK! Magazine: “My pets have changed my life in countless ways. I guess the biggest way is they just teach you how to be loving and accepting, no matter what, because that’s how they are. Animals are so sweet — they’re all rescues, all my cats, and they know they’re rescued. The way they show their gratitude, by always being there — they’re just the most amazing thing in my life.”
Instead of telling a cat's story through the written word, Crib Cat aims to create a connection with potential adopters through a lighthearted video, narrated by a feline "host" named Kit (voiced by Inaba). Kit introduces herself as a 9th generation matchmaker (watch out, Patti Stanger!) trying to get shelter cats a "crib" of their own. The first episode of the show profiles a handsome long-haired boy named Blizzard, who lost his home after his owner passed away. At 7, Blizzard suffers from FIV+ and megacolon, which Kit explains are chronic, yet easily managed conditions.
Paws up to Carrie Ann for using her celebrity status to give a voice to homeless kitties! On and off the dance floor, I give this reality star a purrfect 10, and am confident that her efforts will result in a tremendous outcome in the lives of the cats she touches.
Check out the debut episode of Crib Cat above, and find out more about adopting Blizzard at http://www.petsami.com/cribcat/blizzard/.