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Dennis Quaid the Actor Rescued Dennis Quaid the Cat

For a black cat, Dennis Quaid is pretty damn lucky.


Whoever named a black rescue cat in Lynchburg, Virginia “Dennis Quaid” could not have possibly imagined that Dennis Quaid the human would be the one to adopt him. But that’s exactly what happened.

As part of a “Clear the Shelters” effort, the local NBC station in Roanoke, Virginia, introduced its audience to Dennis Quaid, a six-year-old black cat who “likes to curl up on the couch” and has “a big heart.” He had been available for adoption from the Lynchburg Humane Society for over a year.

Dennis Quaid the actor caught wind of his feline namesake and simply had to investigate. “It was really off the wall but we couldn’t resist,” he told the station.

“I’m out to save all the Dennis Quaids of the world,” the actor joked. “Maybe they should start naming animals in shelters after different celebrities and see who bites.”

Quaid dispatched Jimmy Jellinek, his co-host on “The Pet Show” podcast, to reach out to the shelter, where his inquiry was treated with some skepticism.

“I was like there is no way this is real, like, someone is pranking us,” said Danielle Ulmer, the manager of the shelter.

Once she was convinced that the Dennis Quaid asking about the cat was the same Dennis Quaid who starred in The Parent Trap and Any Given Sunday, Ulmer set up a Zoom call between the two Dennises. Long story short, Jellinek is flying from LA to Lynchburg this weekend to pick up the cat, who will become the new office pet and, along with his namesake, live happily ever after.