Mother’s Day is typically a celebration of brunch and flowers and spa visits, where people go above and beyond to honor their mothers (or their alt-mothers, or their mother-like-figures). But here at Unleashed, we believe that Mother’s Day shouldn’t be reserved for mothers of human children alone. No, no. We know that having a fur baby is a motherhood all its own, and as it turns out, May 12 is National Dog Mom Day. We're here for it.
There are too many Bravoleb pet moms to share — and they are all spectacularly good to their four-legged kin — so we’ve decided to highlight those who have taken their motherhood to the next level, by advocating for other animals in need.
Unquestionably the no.1 animal advocate in the Bravosphere, Lisa Vanderpump has dedicated the lion’s share of her philanthropic efforts to animal welfare. She not only has seven rescue dogs of her own, but she also launched Vanderpump Dogs, an L.A. dog (and rabbit?!) rescue center, and also cofounded Stop Yulin Forever, a movement to stop the dog meat trade in China.
The Skinnygirl mogul has a huge heart for animals, as evidenced by her 17-year dedication to her rescue dog, Cookie (RIP). She not only wrote a children’s book featuring her beloved pup, but she has also adopted two other dogs — Biggie and Smallz — from the North Shore Animal League, and even rescued and adopted out dogs affected by the devastation in Puerto Rico.
Who says socialites are self-involved? With Miss Tinsley, we’ve found the opposite. The self-described “trust fund kid” has a huge heart for animals: Over the years, Tins has rescued many Chihuahuas from the Humane Society of New York. And although only one — Bambi — is still with her today, she continues to dedicate time to volunteering at the shelter.
Diehard dog lover Kyle just can’t help herself when it comes to rescuing dogs. Despite having four kids and four dogs, she desperately wanted a new rescue for Christmas — and was thrilled when Mauricio brought home gentle giant Storm. Beyond giving rescues a happy home, Kyle is also a huge advocate for LVP’s Vanderpump Dogs and Stop Yulin Forever efforts.
The Below Deck chief stew has rescued a handful of dogs over the years — most recently, her dog Halo whom she found through a series of freakish coincidences — and she has also dedicated efforts to finding homes for strays left behind after the hurricanes in Puerto Rico.
The woman who started the trend of naming all of her animals “Baby” — as well as becoming an ambassador of pet co-parenting — also famously ran the New York City marathon on behalf of The North Shore Animal League (from which she adopted her pets).
Devout dog mom Dolores once ‘grammed, “Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never had a dog.” Beyond having rescues of her own, she also dedicates time and energy to rescuing strays, cleaning them up, and bringing them to the vet so they can have happier lives.