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Photo Coverage: The Betty White Inspirational Award Goes to The Search Dog Foundation

"Best in Show, for Actors and Others for Animals (A&O), was a big winner for the people attending," remarks A&O President, Joanne Worley. "The talented celebrities sharing clips of their pets, to the many animals that our charity help every day. And a good time was had by all."

Actors & Others For Animals, one of Los Angeles longest-standing animal welfare organizations, "Best Of Show Pet Competition" Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept 28th may have focused its program around celebrity pets, but America's four legged friends everywhere were the beneficiaries, raising an estimated $75,000.

"I'm overwhelmed by the love and support gathered together today for our four legged souls," said Charlotte Rae.

Setting the programs tone were the perfectly pitched performances by "THE PLAIDS." The roster of personalities, both attending and participating, included: Michael Burger (Emcee), Joanne Worley (President), Loretta Swit (Board Member), Leonard Maltin, Susan Sullivan, Ed Begley, Jr., Allie Mac Kay, Jay Johnson, Bernie Shine, Tippi Hedren, Chuck McCann, Charlotte Rae, Fred Stoller, Marcia Ross, Heather Ott, Carolyn Hennessy, Kelly Lange, Millicent Martin, Rhett Turner, Mary Jo Catlett, Barbara Sharma, Todd Sherry, Earl Holliman, the "Best In Show" event hosts Fred Willard and Jim Piddock, as well as a last minute cast change that replaced the "Hawaiian Eye" Cricket, Connie Stevens, with a self proclaimed barracuda, Ruta Lee, who commented, "It is so much fun to spend the afternoon with two legged friends who are almost as nice as our four legged ones."

"The exotic felines that take up residence at the Shambala Preserve are not pets," clarified Tippi Hedren. "So, I'm actually here on behalf of the felines who share my home with me." Adding," That would be Marlon Brando, Rod Taylor, John Saxon, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and the most recent addition to the family, Johnny Depp."

The Search Dog Foundation was presented with the Betty White Inspirational Award. "I have always been proud to be associated with Actors and Others for Animals and flattered that they named their annual award after me, honoring those who have inspired public awareness and appreciation of animals," noted Ms. White. "This year's recipient, the Search Dog Foundation, shows all of us just how wonderful, talented and adept rescue dogs can be. I hope it encourages more people to rescue a dog of their own."

"It satisfies the soul to see people with such large voices speaking out for those without," remarked Carolyn Hennessy.

Among the evening's highlights, were the uploaded images from animals advocates across the country, who wanted to share their love for their own pets during the event.

Milt Larsen, co-founder of the world famous magic castle, expressed "The way Actors & Others brings both members of the human and furry family together is a truly magical experience."

Actors and Others for Animals
Actors and Others for Animals is a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to eliminating pet overpopulation, ensuring the care and protection of pet companions and improving the quality of life economically challenged, disadvantaged and undeserved pet guardians by providing referral and financial assistance for spay/neuter and veterinary medical procedures together with other animal/human bond enriching programs. For more information visit

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Tippi Hedren, Jim Piddock, Jay Johnson, Fred Willard, Susan Sullivan, Chuck McCann, Leonard Maltin, Ed Begley, Jr., Allie Mac Kay, Bernie Shine

Emcee, Michael Burger with celebrity contestants Jay Johnson, Ruta Lee (In for Connie Stevens), Chuck McCann, Tippi Hedren and “Best In Show Hosts Fred Willard and Jim Piddock

A&O President, Joanne Worley

Celebrity Contestants Ed Begley, Jr., Bernie Shine, Allie Mac Kay, Leonard Maltin and Susan Sullivan

The Four Plaids

Fred Willard, Carolyn Hennessy, Jim Piddock

Ruta Lee, Loretta Swit and Susan Sullivan

Joanne Worley in faux money boa with Best In Show hosts Jim Piddock and Fred Willard

Event Overview

Billy Monahan, Hunter (the Search Dog), Loretta Swit and Joanne Worley

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