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May 5, 2010

Ellen DeGeneres Puts Her Stamp of Approval on Shelter Adoption

The Humane Society of the United States

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Proving once again that she's a loyal and active supporter of animal causes, Ellen DeGeneres took time out of her busy schedule to help launch a new Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet series of U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamps.

Joining The Humane Society of the United States' Wayne Pacelle and representatives from the USPS, American Humane Association, and Petfinder.com on stage at Hollywood's Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a press conference, Ellen unveiled the new 44 cent stamps featuring the adorable faces of five dogs and five cats, all of whom had been adopted from animal shelters and rescue groups.

Ellen has been front and center of Stamps to the Rescue, a Postal Service campaign aimed at raising awareness of shelter adoption and pet overpopulation, having first introduced the stamps to the public on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month. She is also the face on the posters promoting the important initiative, which can be found at post offices nationwide. 

And as co-owner of holistic pet care company HALO, Ellen has gone one step further by working with The HSUS to provide one million servings of HALO-brand dog and cat food to shelters throughout the United States.

"If there was just a modest uptick in the percentage of people acquiring their animals from shelters, we would eliminate the euthanasia of healthy pets in the nation," commented Wayne Pacelle. "We hope this new Postal Service awareness campaign will place a stamp of approval on shelter dogs and cats and help us lick the problem of pet overpopulation." And as for Ellen, he added, "I was so pleased to appear with Ellen today. She's such a great friend to The HSUS, and I think she's just the greatest."

You can order the new stamps online here.

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