Lea Michele Lends Her Powerful Voice to Save Animals

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Lea Michele's
acting skills didn't earn her an Emmy this year, but her huge heart is the reason she'll be honored at PETA's 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards ceremony on September 25.

"My mother always said, 'Stand for something, or fall for everything," the macrobiotic vegan said recently. 'I feel like [animals] don't have a voice."

The 24-year-old Glee star posed for PeTA's campaign against horse-drawn carriages, and the animal lover even saved six stray kittens that she spotted on the Paramount Studios lot.
"They probably would have been eaten, so I rescued them," Lea explains. She kept two kittens and named them Claude and Sheila, gave one of the show's directors three members of the litter, and Heather Morris adopted one kitty that she named Zach. Zach Morris. Cute.

But Lea's charitable deeds don't end there. She noticed a dog that was tied to a fence while shooting at a Long Beach, CA school, and says, "I made the people at Glee send the dog to the vet, and we had him cleaned up."

Like the kitties, Lea found a happy home for the dog, and Harry Shum, Jr. is now the pooch's proud owner. %Poll-52322%

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