Ellen DeGeneres has had some of the biggest stars and most influential people on her daytime talk show, from George Clooney and Meryl Streep to President Barack Obama. On the Ellen DeGeneres Show today, she hosts a national heavy hitter who isn’t on the program just make headlines, but he’s there to invite everyone in the country to participate in his pet project—literally.
U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter appears on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today to unveil Stamps to the Rescue, a social awareness initiative featuring “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet” commemorative postage stamps, produced by the United States Postal Service. These 10 new stamps advocate for the adoption of rescue and shelter animals around the country and feature individual images of five cats and five dogs adopted from a shelter in New Milford, CT. The stamps will be available for purchase for a year at the post office beginning April 30.
DeGeneres, a staunch animal rights activist, will continue to play an integral role in the Stamps to the Rescue campaign by donating 1 million servings of Halo Purely for Pets Spot’s Stew to animals waiting to be adopted in shelters and rescues. Ellen is co-owner of Halo, an organic and holistic pet product company.
DeGeneres has publicly noted, “This is a subject that I am extremely passionate about. By working together, we can find good homes for millions of adoptable, homeless, and abandoned pets. And until they get adopted, I’m happy to say that Halo and I are giving 1 million meals to shelter pets waiting for you.”
On April 30, DeGeneres and Potter will host a kick-off dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. PST for the Stamps to the Rescue campaign at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, CA. The public is invited to attend this free event.
Approximately 300 million animal rescue stamps are slated to be printed. If 150 million are sold by May 30, the stamps will be reprinted. And even though the stamps won’t be available for purchase from the Post Office until April 30, they are available now for pre-order. For more information, visit USPS.com/shop or StampsToTheRescue.com or call (800) 782-6724. –Brendan Quealy