Actress Cindy Williams Helps the Pet Rescue Center Celebrate 17 Years of Rescuing Over 10,000 Pets

Actress Cindy Williams Helps the Pet Rescue Center Celebrate 17 Years of Rescuing Over 10,000 Pets

Cindy Williams Pet Rescue Party crptActress Cindy Williams, most known for her co-starring role in the television hit series “Laverne & Shirley,” arrived at the Pet Rescue Center’s seventeenth birthday bash bearing much-needed supplies for the facility and a vow to “help the center in any way I can.”

A life-long animal lover with three rescued dogs herself, Williams beamed as she held a tiny Chihuahua in need of knee surgery rescued from death row from an East Los Angeles shelter. She asked that someone take his photo so she could send it to a friend who is looking to adopt a new family member.

After texting the photo of the Chihuahua to her friend, Williams explained that she’s loved animals all her life and that she was previously the National Chairperson for the Fund for Animals.

“I always carry dog food, water and a leash in my car,” Williams said, “just in case I see an abandoned dog along side the road.” In the past two years, she has found five abandoned dogs in Coachella Valley. “With the help of my friend here who works in a vet’s office,” she said, nodding toward her guest at the event, Cindy Hodges, ”we’ve found them all homes.” Her friend Hodges said she has been rescuing animals for over 20 years.

“I don’t have any friends who are NOT involved in rescuing animals,” Williams said. “Most of my actor friends have at least one animal. In fact, I’d love to write a book about actors and their animals.”

Her first book, “Shirley, I Jest”, will be out on May 1. “There are no animal stories in this book,” Williams explains, “but I’ve dedicated it to my animals.” This first book is a light-hearted look back at her journey from a childhood of meager means to a career in show business. “It’s a book of happy stories,” Williams emphasized, “there is nothing salacious or controversial in it.” She describes it as a “perfect airplane read … a happy, upbeat and fun book.” Her old friend Harrison Ford, whom she met while filming “American Graffiti” is quoted on the book’s jacket, “A great read. I couldn’t put it down. Not a word of it is true. Cindy who?”

Williams has not given up acting to become an author, however. She will soon be putting on a habit to star in “Meshuggah-Nuns!” as Rev. Mother Mary Regina ” at the Meadow Brook Theatre in metro Detroit. The play is a musical comedy, the latest “Nunsense” sequel, that runs from April 22 through May 17.

When she returns, she hopes to add one of the dogs she’s fallen in love with at the Pet Rescue Center to her little pack. “If I continue on this way,” Williams jokes, “I’ll soon have an Iditarod team. And I expect to WIN!”

“Adoption fees don’t come close to covering the costs of operating the facility,” said Pet Rescue Center Co-founder and Director Christine Madruga. “It’s a labor of love but it also takes substantial funds for liability insurance, vet bills, rent, and a long list of on-going necessities. We depend entirely on individual donations. We do not receive government funding or any significant corporate funds. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and it’s all tax deductible.”

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