February 23, 2011

White Dog loves any idea that gives homeless pups and kitties a second chance at life, but this one is awesome! From rags to riches...from nobodies to stars...life is an incredible journey! What do YOU think?

Comedy Pet Theater: Homeless Dogs, Cats and Geese Become Stars

Gregory Popovich saves strays and trains them to make us laugh. He hopes the Comedy Pet Theater inspires you to adopt a homeless animal.

Gregory Popovich has always seen a star quality in homeless cats and dogs. That's why this former Russian circus juggler created the Las Vegas-based Comedy Pet Theater, now touring the country with over 30 formerly stray cats, dogs and geese performing as Popovich's sidekicks.

At each of the Comedy Pet Theater's stops, dogs push baby strollers across the stage and cats use their exceptional balance to awe audiences.

Before each curtain rises, a local shelter or rescue organization partners with the production to encourage adoption.

"I have a lot of people in Las Vegas who visit my show two, three times, and they told me, 'Gregory, after we watch your show we adopt a kitty and he is funny and warm and we are proud we saved one life,'" Popovich says.

While at home in Las Vegas,, Popovich, 46, along with his wife, Izolda, and 19-year-old daughter, Anastasia, (both are also in the show) live in one house while all the pets live in another home next door.

A fourth-generation Russian circus performer and one-time Ringling circus juggler, Popovich started using adopted dogs and cats after realizing the abundance of wonderful animals in need of homes.

"In Russia there are no animal shelters, for me it was exciting to see how people in America support homeless pets," he says. "Then I started to realize how these pets came to the shelters and sometimes it's a stupid reason. So I decided to use pets only from shelters. I hope this sends the message to the audience that if you are looking for a pet, visit your local shelter," Popovich continues. "You will find a good looking kitty or dog for your home."


Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

What a pawsome idea! Although I am not a fan of circuses and other venues that use animals in acts (because of their mistreatment, etc.), Mr. Popovich seems to have a true love of animals. And the fact that he exposes these animals so they have a chance at finding their forever homes is just fantastic!

Thanks for sharing! Wishing all animals had love and homes!

Suka and K

Teddy Bear said...

What pawesome kitties and pup.:) George is pretty amazing too.:) Thank you for sharing such a cool video.:)

Teddy Bear

Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

I think it's cool that they help the shelter pups and kittehs though I'm against the circuses and such that have animals in their acts. The kittehs and pups seem to be in quite good states too.

Thanks fur sharing!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

The Momster wishes she had seen this before she went to Vegas - she would definitely have supported it and taken in the show.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Asta said...

What a most wondewful and inspiwing stowy
I salute the Popov family fow highlighting the wondewfulness of these petses. and thank you so much fow telling us about them
smoochie kisses

Brian said...

Sometimes it takes an extra bit of magic to get though to some...whatever it takes!!!

Remington said...

Thank you for sharing! This is AWESOME!

ForPetsSake said...

How very cool! That 2nd chance can lead to some pretty amazing lives.

Kate said...

Those pop and kitty are so amazing... when I am out of my rabbit hutch I am in the TV area with my human and I have seen so many dog shows and I get so amazed and jealous. I hope my human would not thought of having a dog in the house because I am a total outcast for sure.

Sagira said...

Wow...how cool. We can't get our cats to do ANYTHING! LOL

Kari in WeHo said...

those pups rock!