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!