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Stephen Colbert hosts North Shore dogs on ‘Late Show’

Dogs available for adoption from the North Shore

Dogs available for adoption from the North Shore Animal League appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Monday, March 20, 2017, with host Stephen Colbert and actor Bryan Cranston. Credit: North Shore Animal League

If you’re looking for a new furry companion, there are some interesting options at North Shore Animal League America, according to late-night host Stephen Colbert.

There’s Poppy, a shepherd mix and “Norwegian Wishing Dog,” if you want your dreams to come true. Brody, a hound mix, may or may not have a background in intelligence, and shepherd-terrier mix Sterling is the perfect companion for those who like to have a good time.

Of course, none of these descriptors are true — they’re the work of Colbert and actor Bryan Cranston on Monday night’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

The two showed off a number of animals available for adoption at the Port Washington shelter in the latest edition of the segment “Rescue Dog Rescue.”

This is the second time North Shore animals have been featured in “Rescue Dog Rescue.” The inaugural segment on Feb. 23, which featured actress Aubrey Plaza, introduced 10 puppies for adoption.

Within a week, all 10 were adopted, said Kathleen Lynn, North Shore’s director of communications.

“It’s always wonderful exposure, and it’s going to get people interested,” Lynn said. “That’s the most important piece. In addition to the funny piece, is they’ve given a platform to talk about adopting.”

Colbert noted in Monday’s segment that the success of the February segment prompted his staff to organize a second one. Then, it was up to Colbert and Cranston to help find the animals a good home, using whatever tactics possible.

There were three hound mixes with various talents, according to Colbert and Cranston: Grace, who supposedly can sing the soundtrack of the Disney movie “Tangled”; Lady, who works a day job as the second unit director for “Game of Thrones”; and Scout, a puppy with a decidedly more mature taste in entertainment, French cinema.

“Scout can open up your eyes to the value of [French director Jean-Luc] Godard’s work without making you feel small,” Colbert said. “Also, four legs — perfect number for a dog.”

They also briefly featured Columbus the cat, who wore a puppy costume and sign that read, “I am a puppy, not a kitten in a puppy costume.”

Monday’s segment featured eight animals on screen, though 10 were brought to the studios, Lynn said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, applications and website traffic had picked up, Lynn said, largely because of interest in the adoptable pets featured on the show.

“The weather is getting nice out, what better time to find an animal?” she said.


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