Today Show’s Hoda Kotb Adopts from PAWS Chicago


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Kathie Lee and Hoda dedicated their Today Show this morning to co-host Hoda Kotb’s search for her new furry love. PAWS Chicago founder Paula Fasseas joined Kotb and Gifford in-studio to talk about important things to consider when adopting a new pet. Six adorable homeless PAWS Chicago pups, and a few from other rescue organizations, vied for the love and affection of the Today Show co-host on the set. In the end, one lucky pup named Blake Charlie (PAWS Chicago name Goldfish), a five-month-old male Cockapoo, won Hoda’s heart and will now call the Big Apple his permanent home.

“This is a life-changing day for me,” said Kotb. “I am going to choose my dog. I’m busting.”

On Tuesday, Hoda spent time with her co-host Kathie Lee Gifford in New York’s Central Park getting to know each pet’s personality. She spent quality time with them to determine who would be the perfect fit for her lifestyle. “For a long time, she’s wanted a dog,” said Gifford. She told Kotb, “If you’re lucky, they’ll be with you for a long, long time and will be the best friend you ever had.”

During this morning’s live broadcast of the Today Show, Hoda announced that Blake Charlie was the pup who would be her new furry friend.  “He was not a dog I thought I’d select,” said Kotb. “But when you know, you know.”

PAWS Chicago rescued Blake Charlie from the city pound after he was found as a stray on the streets of Chicago. Thousands of homeless pets are euthanized in Chicago each year. Paula Fasseas is thrilled that Hoda decided to make her decision to adopt part of her show, saying “When public figures and celebrities adopt and draw attention to the tragic reality that so many wonderful homeless animals are killed every year, it brings the importance of adoption to the public’s attention and saves thousands of lives.  Since the segment aired, the phones at PAWS Chicago have been ringing non-stop with people wanting to adopt.”

PAWS Chicago’s No Kill mission and life-saving programs have attracted other notable adopters, including Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Oprah Winfrey, who adopted her last three dogs, Sadie, Sunny and Lauren, from the organization.

For more information on adopting a pet from PAWS Chicago, please visit, call us at 773-935-7297 or visit PAWS Chicago’s Adoption Center at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue.

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Special thanks to Sabrina Nizzi for dog and cat videography.

Additional thanks to Sebastian Sparenga Photography, Caitlin Lisa, Heather Haseley, Dan Kasberger, Jennifer Girard, Malia Rae Photography, Richard Chen, Oscar Mendez, and Von Buzard for event and animal photography used on this Web site.

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