Two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. He is perhaps best known for playing the villainous and cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter — but he’s much nicer in real life.
Now, Hopkins and his wife Stella Arroyave are doing something incredible, helping US soldiers reunite with the animals they rescue in war.
Paws of War is a nonprofit organization that trains and places shelter and support dogs with US military veterans to help them cope with the emotional and physical effects of war. They also help soldiers reunite with animals they saved during their deployments.
Recently, they’ve been getting help from Anthony Hopkins and his wife: Paws of War said that the couple’s financial support for the nonprofit has allowed them to cover the expenses of relocating these dogs across the world.
The organization told People Magazine that Hopkins’ financial aid has so far helped them with three urgent rescue missions, allowing three US Army soldiers to reunite with pets they saved overseas.
US Army Specialist Dillon got to reunite with the “starving puppy” he saved during his deployment, and Captain Holas got to bring home a kitten he helped nurse back to health.
The Silence of the Lambs star said he and Arroyave were honored to help these soldiers and their pets.
“Being able to help support each of these missions is an honor,” Hopkins told People in a statement. “We love animals and want to do all we can to support the great work that Paws of War is doing for our military members. My wife and I are happy to be supporting such positive outcomes.”
We’re so glad these animals will get to reunite with the US soldiers who saved them! Thank you to Anthony Hopkins and Stella Arroyave for supporting this nonprofit’s mission 🐾❤️
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