The family have a lot of dogs. She recently was asked by Us Magazine how many they actually have.
She said, “I always say too many to count. I have a lot. I converted my garage into a dog bedroom. And it’s good for my girls. For my daughter’s birthday party, in lieu of gifts, we asked if anyone was interested in donating blankets and dog food and cat litter and my daughter dropped it off at the shelter. So, it’s nice for them to know and to learn to give back. And they’re very nurturing, which is great for the animals, too.”
Right after Hurricane Sandy swept through New York – the actress flew over to Long Island’s North Shore Animal League America to help promote animal rescue efforts. She ended up adopting a dog named Tara.
Richards also takes in older dogs too.
She added, “My heart always goes out to the ones that are older. We adopted a 16-year-old dog because I just could not see her ending her days after 16 years at a shelter.”