She’s widely recognized as one of the hosts of the popular entertainment news program Access Hollywood Live, along with Billy Bush, but Kit Hoover is also a devoted wife, adoring mom and caring pet parent. Until the end of February, Hoover is serving as the face of an exciting online partnership that she enthusiastically talked about with Tinseltown Mom. “Oh, this is a wonderful campaign that combines two of my favorite things: animals and shopping!” the TV personality says.
Because of Hoover’s passion for helping animals she agreed to take part in a new campaign on behalf of the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the first animal welfare organization in North America and the nation’s leading voice for animals. With more than two million supporters, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services, and Hoover is doing her part in lending her voice and face to this worthy cause.
“ASPCA has partnered with We-Care.com, which is an online shopping portal where you can shop any of your favorite retailers—they’re all there,” Hoover says. “First you tell We-Care which charity you’d like to support—in this case the ASPCA—and the retailers donate a portion of your online purchases to the ASPCA, at no cost to you. If you go on the We-Care/ASPCA page you’ll see me there with Webster, an adorable rescue pup; I’m thrilled to support this campaign, because I am all about helping animals.”
The passionate animal lover is encouraging the public to do all of their holiday shopping at We-Care and she shared a few perks to signing up. “The money that goes to the ASPCA will be used to prevent cruelty to animals, and to help rescue animals find loving homes. So while you’re checking items off your holiday shopping list, you’ll also be doing something incredibly important for animals who are at-risk, or who need to find good homes. What could be better than that combination?” Hoover also explains how effortless it is to get started. “…you don’t even need to download an app! Just go to https://aspca.we-care.com/kithoover and enter your email address—it’s super simple. There is also a ‘web reminder’ that you can download to your computer, so that anytime you shop at a participating online merchant, a portion of the purchase will go to the ASPCA. And, when you register, you’re also entered into a contest where you would win a visit to the set of Access Hollywood Live!”
Hoover, her husband and children are all animal-lovers, and in fact, they have four rescue pets: cats Prince Harry and Button, Pickles the bunny, and Dr. Disco Bubbles the guinea pig, so it comes as no surprise that her devotion to rescue animals came at a young age. “Our house was practically a farm! We had tons of animals, and we rescued all of them—particularly German shepherds, because there was a huge German shepherd rescue in our suburb. Max was our pet, but we would house all of them until they could find homes.”
In addition to her heart for animals, Hoover is also a devoted wife and mother to three kids, daughters Campbell, 12, and Hayes, 11, and son Crowley, 7, and with the holidays in full-swing she’s sure to get in that quality time with her kids. “Well, right now we’re all about Christmas—decorating the tree and enjoying making our home Christmassy. My daughter Hayes just hand-made a fantastic female Christmas elf, and played matchmaker by pairing her up with the toy soldier from The Nutcracker.”
Following in their mom’s footsteps Hoover’s children also became pet-lovers at an early age. Her daughters got their first hamster at ages 3 and 4, and the correspondent thinks giving children pets at a young age is a good idea. “…I’m a believer in starting ‘em young with pets! Obviously the parent is still going to be heavily involved, but I think having a pet teaches children responsibility and kindness. They pick them up, hold them, they’re concerned for their welfare. It’s incredibly heartwarming to see your children care so much about another living, breathing creature.”
And, for those parents wondering what the best animal to get a child who’s never had a pet Hoover offers a few suggestions. “We had our daughters taking care of the bunny, which is a nice manageable thing to do. They can feed him and clean the cage, and take him out to cuddle. I’m eager to have a rescue dog join our family, but that’s something that really requires a parent’s involvement, since you’re not going to send a young child out to walk the dog alone. Pets like bunnies and guinea pigs and hamsters are a great way for kids to start.”
With her care and commitment to animal welfare it really seems Hoover is the perfect spokesperson for this initiative. “… I really love and support the work that the ASPCA is doing, so I’d recommend that everyone do the same. The fact that they help protect animals from cruelty and neglect, and raise awareness about all the shelter animals who need loving homes—that makes them number one on my list!”
To learn more about this campaign or to sign up visit: https://aspca.we-care.com/kithoover