Hilary Swank Helps Animals & Children Through Hilaroo

Hilary Swank with Rumi and the late Karoo, that inspired Hilaroo.


When you are one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, it is easy to forget who your real friends are. Hilary Swank, who won not one, but two Oscars, doesn’t need to look far to find her best friends. Swank loves animal and their welfare is a heartfelt mission for the superstar!

Next month, Swank begins work on Martha and Mary, an HBO movie with Brenda Blethyn about two women trying to rid the planet of malaria, directed by Phillip Noyce, it will be shot in North Carolina and South Africa.



Hilary Swank poses with Mitzy, a homeless cat looking for shelter through the Iams Home 4 the Holidays annual red carpet event.


Swank is starting a U.S. charity called Hilaroo to bring needy children and animals together. The charity name is a combo of both her name and that of her late dog, Karoo. “I’ve seen firsthand how it changes the path of the soul, for the animal and for the child,” Swank said.

Swank is in Budpest on Friday, she visited projects set up by the animal welfare foundation Vier Pfoten that encourage interaction between stray dogs and institutionalized people. The city currently has 35,000 strays, Swank tried to bring home the importance of neuter and spaying dogs and cats rather than kill them.

Swank said, “I believe in a `’No-Kill” policy,” she said. “Hopefully (we are) getting to a place where we have “No-Kill” universally and just a more caring attitude in general to all animals.”

Hilary Swank was one of the celebrity supporters at Animal Fair magazine’s launch party in 1999. It was also the very first pet fashion show of it’s kind, titled Paws For Style, where canines, celebrities and designers walked the runway for an animal charity, benefiting The Humane Society of New York.

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