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5/7/2014 10:04:00 AM
Rooney had a heart for animals
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney

To the Catholic Sentinel:

Screen legend Mickey Rooney, who died earlier this month, may be best remembered for his roles in Boys Town, National Velvet, the Andy Hardy movies, and more than 200 other films, but here at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation, we most fondly remember a video he and his wife Jan made for us in which they talk about their rescued dog, Digby, and rescued macaw, Cookie.

The couple took in Digby when some friends didn’t want him anymore. “He’s been in heaven ever since,” said Jan. The couple’s scarlet macaw, Cookie, came from their veterinarian. She had been abandoned, very ill, on the vet’s doorstep, but had completely recovered by the time the video was made and is seen perched in a spacious, tropical plant-filled aviary with another macaw companion.

“It’s right” to adopt homeless animals, Rooney used to say. “More people should adopt animals from their nearest pound.”

He stressed that people shouldn’t let age deter them from adopting. “Remember, any age, any place, anywhere. It’s never too late to love—to give love to our animal friends.”

If you have the time, energy, and resources to care for a four-legged friend, please take Mickey’s advice and visit your local animal shelter.

Alisa Mullins, Norfolk, Va.

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