Denise Richards debuts new animal adoption segment for Best Friends Animal Society on ‘Access Hollywood Live'

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LOS ANGELES - Adorable, adoptable animals, promoted and promulgated by animal-loving Hollywood celebrities, will make their debut this Friday on "Access Hollywood Live," the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine program.

The once-a-month animal adoption segment on "Access Hollywood Live" will debut with Denise Richards introducing Rascal, a tan-colored Chihuahua, who was rescued in the Los Angeles area but is ready for a loving home.

Richards, a longtime supporter of Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society, is an ambassador for the 26-year-old organization and often makes appearances at events in and around Los Angeles.

"Best Friends' ongoing work toward a time when we no longer have homeless pets is something that I'm happy to help with in whatever way I can," Richards said. "Thanks to Access Hollywood Live, this monthly animal segment will surely help us save more lives and result in many animals finding their forever home."

The animal segments will feature an adoptable animal and enable viewers to contact Best Friends if they are interested in adoption of the particular animal on the show, or interested in adoption in their particular area of the United States.

"We are so excited to join with Denise and look forward to working with our friends at Best Friends Animal Society for this very important cause," said Ryan Patterson, broadcast and supervising producer for "Access Hollywood Live."

"Access Hollywood Live" a syndicated one-hour daily entertainment news talk show hosted by Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, premiered in September 2010, and focuses on the latest celebrity dish, popculture, opinions, Hollywood happenings and all the day's big news. Broadcast live and in HD, "Access Hollywood Live" features in-studio celebrity guests, and a cast of regular contributors to keep viewers up-to-date with female-friendly segments on the most current styles, fashion, design trends and more.

Executive producer Rob K. Silverstein leads the senior production team responsible for "Access Hollywood Live."

"Access Hollywood Live" is produced by NBC Subsidiary (KNBC-TV), Inc. and distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.

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About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 355,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit