Joan Rivers Will Make a Posthumous Comedy Appearance—In a PETA Ad

Joan Rivers Will Make a Posthumous Comedy Appearance—In a PETA Ad

“When you have a dog in your life there’s no such thing as an empty apartment.” – Joan Rivers

By Kristyn Pomranz

It’s almost been three years since the world lost comedian Joan Rivers, but we still feel her absence on a regular basis. From red carpets to roasts to Fashion Police (sorry Melissa, we love you, but we miss your mom), Joan’s raspy laugh is markedly absent.

Which is why it warmed our hearts to learn that Joan Rivers will be making a posthumous appearance in a PETA advertisement encouraging adoption. The ad—which features a photo that was provided by her daughter, Melissa—showcases Joan’s trademark humor. It will be released on June 8th, which would have been her 84th birthday.

"A study says owning a dog makes you 10 years younger," reads her quote. "My first thought was to adopt two more, but I don't want to go through menopause again."

Joan was an active animal advocate and worked with PETA throughout her career. She had a famous rescue dog named Spike (whom she credited with saving her life in the aftermath of her husband’s death), and then continued to adopt again and again as time went on. (She once referred to herself as “the Angelina Jolie of barkers.”)

At the time of her death, she had four rescues, two of whom even came to Mount Sinai hospital to kiss their mom goodbye.

But dogs aside, Joan showed compassion for all animals—all the way down to ants. “Those poor ants work 24/7,” Joan once told PEOPLE. “Now, I don’t throw my sandwiches away: I put them on the streets. A woman said, ‘You’re littering,’ and I said, ‘I’m feeding the ants!’”

No wonder we miss her so much. 

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