Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal

After the passing of their two dogs roughly three weeks ago, Academy Award winner Melanie Griffith and her husband, actor Antonio Banderas, sought to honor the late pups by opening their home to two rescue dogs from one of their favorite Los Angeles-based shelters.

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and his wife Actress Melanie Griffith and her daughter Stella walking their dog on Marbella's beach. Photo Credit: NY Daily News
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and his wife Actress Melanie Griffith and her daughter Stella walking their dog on Marbella’s beach. Photo Credit: NY Daily News

The couple adopted two Shepherd/Labrador-mixed siblings—a brother and a sister—from the Ace of Hearts shelter in Beverly Hills, which is dedicated to rescuing dogs the day they are to be euthanized from various Los Angeles shelters. Griffith and Banderas appear to have a history with the organization and are strong supporters of adopting rescue pets.

According to TMZ, the dogs had suffered from abuse and abandonment in their past, although there is no additional information on their specific case.

But thankfully, that’s all in their past now and the two pups have finally found a loving forever home.

Griffith’s compassion for animals doesn’t fall far from the tree. Her famous mother Tippi Hedren, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, founded the non-profit Roar Foundation as well as the Shambala Preserve in 1983 after filming Roar to help support abandoned exotic felines. As of today, the preserve currently houses some 70 animals, including African lions, Siberian and Bengal tigers, leopards, servals, mountain lions, and bobcats.

Griffith and Banderas join alongside other big adoption advocates including Enrique Iglesias, Ian Somerhalder, Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, Ricky Gervais, Kristen Stewart, Katherine Heigl, Sophia Bush, and many more. 

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