January 23, 2013 06:56 AM by Donna W. Martin
According to People, Richards announced Hank’s passing on Twitter Tuesday. “Last night we lost our beloved Hank… I will miss him dearly, 13 yrs old… been there for me thru it all Best dog ever & part of our family,” she wrote.
Richards is an avid animal lover. “When I was little, I swear I brought home every stray dog, hoping my parents would let me keep it,” she wrote on an iVillage blog last year.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, she volunteered at a Long Island shelter that was overrun with animals needing homes. According to Daily Mail, she tweeted, “Day off tomorrow. Heading to an animal shelter, to help out. Over 600 rescued from the hurricane. My girls are coming to help too.”
And later, in November, she visited a North Shore Animal League shelter in Long Island, New York where she volunteered and encouraged pet adoptions. She even adopted a puppy herself; a black Labrador mix, and named her Lily.
But Lily wasn’t Richards’ first rescued pet. She has adopted other animals in the past, “A sweet 16-year-old dog that was left starved to death, and with cancer (she is doing great),” she said, “[and] a dog that was abused and had her leg amputated.”
“I have a dog that was a victim of a very bad hoarding situation – his legs were very damaged, but we fixed him up!” she said.
“I also have a dog that was born with no eyes. These dogs were all going to be euthanized. They are so loving and so happy at our home,” she added.
Losing a beloved pet is very difficult. Our hearts go out to Denise. Thankfully, she has other pets, a large group of rescue cats and dogs to keep her company and comfort her during this time.
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