Access Hollywood Live Co-Host and Access Hollywood Correspondent Kit Hoover brings enthusiasm to every story and celebrity she covers—but her greatest passion is for her family and her rescue animals. Hoover and her husband Crowley Sullivan live in Los Angeles with their three children (daughters Campbell, 12, and Hayes, 11, and 7-year-old son Crowley) and four rescue pets: cats Prince Harry and Button, Pickles the bunny, and Dr. Disco Bubbles the guinea pig. Hoover’s dedication to rescue animals is life-long, starting during her childhood in Atlanta.
Oh my goodness, I was raised in home that you could almost call “the farm.” We had tons of animals, and we rescued all of them—particularly German shepherds, because there was a huge German shepherd rescue in our suburb. Max was our pet, but we would house all of them until they could find homes. Many of the dogs had dysplasia in their back legs, so people who loved them as puppies didn’t want them when they got older. We’d find great homes for them.
I have an amazing story about Max. For a week before he died, Max couldn't walk or move his back legs. Suddenly one morning he got up, walked over to my brother and me, and licked our faces. Then we got on the school bus and he passed away that day.
Of course, my mother has a whole bunch of other stories that may or may not be true, like how he grabbed me by the diaper and stopped me from walking into the fireplace—there’s plenty of Max folklore in our family!
We also had two rescue cats. Growing up, I didn’t even know that such a thing as pet stores or buying pets even existed.
What did you learn from having a pet as a child?
Living with Max was the first time I experienced the unconditional love, support and protection that you get from a rescue animal. I think when you rescue an animal, it’s as if they know what you did for them, and the loyalty, support and love they give you is overwhelming. It’s like they’re saying, “I know what you did, and thank you so much.”
If you’ve never had a pet, you don’t know what you’re missing. We just had Betty White on the show, she’s 92 years old, and we talked about Pontiac, her rescue golden retriever. He’s her life. It’s amazing the way animals make such a difference in your life.
Did you always know you’d have pets when you had a family of your own?
It was a no-brainer that we were going to have pets. We rent a home in California, and they said we couldn’t have dog—but they didn’t say anything about other animals! So we’ve rescued three kittens, a bunny and a guinea pig!
I love pets for children because it teaches them responsibility and kindness. They pick them up, cuddle them and worry about them. It’s the greatest thing to watch them care about a living, breathing creature. My girls were in charge of cleaning the bunny’s cage and making sure there’s enough food and water. Of course, now that they’re back in school, I’m stepping up my duties! Yes, there’s work involved, but the play and fun are the best part. My kids all have their own Instagram accounts, so Dr. Disco Bubbles is big on social media.
Why do you support the work of the ASPCA?
It’s such a wonderful organization that does great work raising awareness for all these animals. I can’t imagine the thought of buying an animal when there are so many great animals that need rescue. And don’t even get me started on animal cruelty! I love an organization that works on behalf of shelter animals and helps find them homes.
The best bumper sticker I ever saw about rescue animals said, “Who rescued whom?” I love that! It’s such a winning combination: You will come out so far ahead if you rescue an animal.
Even if Laura Wright weren’t an award-winning actress for her role as Carly Corinthos Jacks on General Hospital, we’d be huge fans of her lifelong dedication to animals. She and her husband, John, daughter Lauren, 15, and son John, 13, have four dogs at their home in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. The newest member of the family, Fire, is a Border Collie/German Shepherd-mix puppy whom they adopted from their local rescue, Old Yeller Rescue Ranch. Laura recently joined We-Care.com, the online shopping portal that raises funds for nonprofits, to help support the ASPCA and the animals we serve. You can Visit We-Care.com and enter to win a day on the set of General Hospital.
Can you introduce us to your dogs?
In addition to Fire, we have Dusty, a Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix, who’s 11; Lily, a miniature Dachshund, who’s about nine; and Rider, who looks like part white Shepherd mix, part Lab, who’s 16 months. I want to get a DNA test on him.
What’s your favorite part about being a pet parent?
There’s never a dull moment! Of course, it’s like having babies again, but we have the best time watching the dogs run and play. They keep you in the present moment, by watching how present they are. And they’re always happy to see you. No matter what kind of day you’ve had, they’re like, “Oh my gosh, hi!”
Have you always had pets in your life?
I had a German Shepherd as a kid. We had horses and barn cats who had kittens all the time—you never thought about it. As an adult, my first dog was not a rescue; she was purchased from a woman whose own Dalmatian had puppies. Her name was Rain, because James Taylor’s “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain” was playing on the radio when my husband and I got her. So when we got our new puppy this year, my husband said, “We should name her Fire.”
What have you taught your children about animals?
We’ve always been animal lovers, and we already had two Dalmatians when we had kids, so we’ve always been on top of the kids about being responsible with dogs. We’re nature people—that’s why we live where we live. When my daughter first went to school she wouldn’t let her friends step on ants!
Why are you an advocate for animal rescue?
After I got Fire, I started looking at shelters. I’d become more educated by that time, and I realized what puppy mills do, especially to female dogs, who may never live outside of a cage. I was blown away by it.
When you go to a rescue, in every dog cage you walk by, there’s a soul in there. They want to be loved, they want to be happy and they want to please you. I wanted to support that. I want to be part of an organization that educates people about having your pets spayed or neutered, and helps them find them forever homes.
You can visit We-Care.com/LauraWright to support the ASPCA’s efforts on behalf of animals nationwide and for a chance to win a day on the set of General Hospital!
Mother’s Day is just a few days away, and here at the ASPCA, we plan to celebrate moms of all types of kids, furry and otherwise. We appreciate those moms who spend countless hours packing school lunches, coordinating the carpool, helping out with math homework and still find the time to take Fido for a brisk neighborhood stroll every evening.
If you’re still looking for the perfect way to salute the moms in your life this Sunday, May 11, look no further: Please consider making a Mother’s Day Honor Gift to the ASPCA. This Honor Gift is a meaningful way to celebrate moms who love animals. Your donation comes with the customizable e-card pictured above for your recipient, and the e-card is sent immediately after your donation is processed.
We’d like to thank all of the moms who make a difference for animals each and every day. Happy Mother’s Day from the ASPCA!