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Pammy aids abandoned oil spill pets

Pamela Anderson has given her support to an adoption programme for pets abandoned after the BP oil spill - even adopting two dogs herself.

The animal-loving actress was highlighting the plight of around 50 abandoned dogs who were paraded under the oaks at New Orleans City Park, before heading for a pet adoption programme in Virginia.

"My son was hoping we could take all 50," Pammy said, before latching on to her two new charges - two small brown dogs tentatively identified by shelter officials as Chihuahua mixes. The star named them in honour of fellow actresses Gina Lollobrigida and Brigitte Bardot.

Pam helped walk the dogs as part of a news conference calling attention to the programme, aimed at helping deal with an overflow of abandoned pets since the oil spill.

"We couldn't find homes for all the dogs that were being surrendered before the spill," said Bridgette Verdin of the Humane Society of Louisiana, which is working with Peta and several New Orleans area shelters to find homes for the dogs. Verdin said the spill, which has caused people to lose jobs and income in south eastern Louisiana, only made the existing animal adoption problems worse.

Pam, the honorary director of Peta, said in a news release that it is working with the Virginia Beach SPCA on an emergency "adopt-a-thon" to find homes for the animals, some of which were given up by people affected by the April 20 drilling rig explosion that sent millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf.

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