CMT Insider Interview: Carrie Underwood

Singer Teams With Pet Food Company to Encourage Animal Adoption

Carrie Underwood displays her acting skills as a guest star in an episode of the CBS series, How I Met Your Mother, airing Monday night (March 1). She has also been filming a movie, Soul Surfer, and will be launching her Play On tour on March 11 in Reading, Pa.

Her continued advocacy of pet adoption and her own foundation in her hometown of Checotah, Okla., has led to a new promotion with the Pedigree dog food company to assist animal shelters and find homes for abandoned animals. For every person signing up as its Facebook friend, the company will donate 8 ounces of dog food to animal shelters.

“We’re going to raise a lot of awareness for the 4 million dogs that need homes that are in shelters now, that are in shelters every year,” Underwood told CMT Insider. “They not only need homes, they need food. They need things like that.”

It would be an understatement to say that Underwood’s dog, Ace, has become famous. After all, fans have created a Web site devoted to the rat terrier.

“I hate to say that Ace is a rescue dog because he wasn’t one of the unlucky ones that was starving and cold and running around trying to figure out where they were going to sleep,” she explained. “He did have a home. He just wasn’t wanted. He actually had a couple of homes that he wasn’t wanted at, but he’s more than welcome in my home. He wasn’t really a rescue … but he could have easily been in a shelter.

“I would definitely encourage anybody to go adopt. It’s so easy. If you want to get a dog, there are so many that are already there waiting that are wonderful.”

Pedigree last week made a $50,000 donation to Underwood’s C.A.T.S Foundation (Checotah, Animal, Town and School Foundation) to help build an animal shelter in her hometown.

“I’m going to put that money to use building an animal shelter in my hometown because we don’t have one,” she said. “Many of the surrounding towns don’t have one, either. It’s going to mean a lot to the community. … I’m very excited to get started on that. We’ve got all the groundwork done. Now all that’s left to do is to wait until it gets warm enough to start building.”