I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about The Real Housewives of New Jersey is Dolores Catania’s gang of pets. She has stated on many occasions that any and all pets are welcome in her home. Currently, that means at least two rescued pit bulls — Lolli and Lulu— as well Raz, a mutt, and Dog, a Chihuahua. She also has Chinchi, a chinchilla, and Nubawitz, a guinea pig with one leg.
Each animal has a tragic origin story. Lolli, for example, was rescued from a home where she was tied to a short leash without food or water. Lulu has severe behavioral problems — as she told Bravo, Lulu’s like “that friend that you bring into a group, and everyone’s having a good time, and she’s the one girl who ruins the night.” Even still, Dolores provides her a happy home.
Along with adopting her own pets, Dolores also advocates for rescue animals, and shelters around the country. In her spare time, she saves dogs in her old neighborhood with her daughter, a noble venture that was chronicled by People last year.
Is Dolores a saint? I’m not sure what Danielle Staub would say, but to animals, she definitely is.
Check out more pictures of Dolores’ pets from her Instagram page.