Renée Zellweger secretly volunteered in Austin Wednesday

You had me at...doggos?

Austin Pets Alive! had a celebrity visitor Wednesday— Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger.

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The Katy-born University of Texas alumna stopped by the Austin pet shelter to do laundry, clean crates, and just generally anything that needed to be done. She even snapped a few photos with Lois Rodriguez, another volunteer who was there to help.


So yesterday, I said my goodbyes to Renee Zellweger. Parting is such sweet sorrow! As promised in my Sunday post, I was...

Posted by Lois Rodriguez on Thursday, September 14, 2017

According to an earlier Facebook post, Rodriguez was volunteering at APA to honor her rescue cat Zoe, who turned 2 on Wednesday. Rodriguez showed up ready to work, and to her surprise, she found Zellweger. 

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“Renee [sic] was a big bonus in serving APA's needs, but the cause (as I got to witness more fully) is worthy,” Rodriguez wrote. “Besides laundry, we cleaned crates, did afternoon dog reinforcement snacks/treats, and she did a lot of transport of goods and animals before I came in for my shift. No glam.”

In the same post, Rodriguez asks for donations to the shelter. Her fundraiser on behalf of her cat has raised $40 so far. 

Zellweger, who didn’t appear to publicize her volunteer shift, recently donated the money she received from the Changemaker Award at the Greenwich International Film Festival in Connecticut to the Austin-based SIMS Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing mental health and substance abuse services to the local music community.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, APA has rescued more than 2,000 pets and opened two temporary shelters to keep up with the demand for volunteers. To donate, go here. 

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