Maria Menounos was honored for her outstanding contributions made to Los Angeles Animal Shelters at a special celebrity charity event last week.

Maria Menousnos and her dog, Apollo
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Maria Menounos and Apollo. Photo: Michael Kovac

Joining Maria at the Friends of LA Animal Shelters launch party at K9s Only in LA were Charlotte Ross (Glee), Jamie Kennedy (Malibu’s Most Wanted), Allison Janney (The Help), Ashlan Gorse (E! News), Nikki DeLoach (MTV’s Awkward), Elisabetta Canalis (Dancing With the Stars), Melissa Rycoft (Dancing With the Stars), Ever Carradine (Rizzoli & Isles), Carolyn Hennesy (Cougar Town), Beverley Mitchell (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Taryn Manning (Hawaii Five-O), Galen Gering (Days of Our Lives), Jenna Gering (E!‘s Dirty Soap), Debrah Farentino (The Closer), Shiva Rose McDermott (The Young & The Restless), Alona Tal (Supernatural), Kate Johnson (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Stephanie Pratt (The Hills) Roshon Fegan (Disney’s Shake It Up!) and more.

Maria Menounos at K9s Only Event
Maria Menounos at K9s Only Event
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Maria and her rescue dog. Photo:Michael Kovac.

Maria Menounos attended the event with her dog of 12 years – named Apollo – which she saved after his previous owner tossed him out of a moving car. Maria has been donating her time to shelters for several years, and intends to spread the word to stop euthanizing pets.

She accepted the award from the Friends of L.A. Animal Shelter happily, and although she admitted to the crowd to having allergies, she loves her 4 dogs with all her heart. She accepted her award in honor of pet volunteers nationwide.

Stephanie Pratt at K9s Only Event
Stephanie Pratt at K9s Only Event
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Dog Lover and star of the “Hills” Stephanie Pratt almost could not leave the K-9’S West Shelter with out a new puppy. Photo: Michael Kovac.

Friends of LA Animal Shelters is a nonprofit dedicated to the helping of animals in LA shelters. The organization raises awareness about our large city shelter system (amazingly unfamiliar even to many animal lovers) and promotes the fantastic dogs, cats and other animals who temporarily call our city shelters home. FLAAS works to break down barriers to adoption which impacts our city’s homeless pets. FLAAS is a volunteer-run organization that funds life-saving surgeries and special projects for orphaned animals. Their goal is to increase adoptions and help the animals in our city shelters.

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