Richard Pryor was not only an actor and a comedian, but he was also a lover of animals.
Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, is honoring his love for animals and his fight against animal injustices with a dog rescue program called Pryor’s Planet. The organization’s mission is to help grassroots efforts in saving lives, provide sanctuary and make the world a better place for all animals.
Jennifer said that she and Pryor had a mutual love of animals, and this is what led the divorced couple to reconcile and remarry. After Pryor’s death in December 2005, Jennifer said she has worked even harder to help animals in need.
Jennifer said: “Richard always had a connection to animals, this passion. Even when he was ill and could no longer perform he could still find great purpose and great meaning with his work with animals.” (Just a week before his death, Pryor sent a letter to an Indiana county sheriff expressing his outrage over an animal cruelty case.)
She spends her time transporting dogs, and feeding, housing and playing with all the dogs. Currently, Jennifer and a group of volunteers care for 46 dogs that are in need of loving homes.
Jennifer said that Pryor’s love for animals truly inspired her. She added: “Cesar Millan [the Dog Whisperer] told me something the other day which is very true. Dogs don’t care if you are a celebrity, or rich or poor, or if your bag is Gucci or Prada…they just want to be loved unconditionally.”
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