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Even though the 86th Academy Awards wrapped up Sunday night, the Oscar buzz is still very much in the air, thanks in part to Ellen DeGeneres.

Just last week, DeGeneres’ pet food company Halo, Purely for Pets made headlines when it announced a massive donation of 200,000 meals to shelter animals as a part of this year’s Oscar swag in partnership with Freekibble.com.

Then, on Oscar night, DeGeneres made Twitter history by taking a selfie with A-list stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Meryl Streep and tweeting it out, quickly becoming the most retweeted picture ever.

“In less than an hour, DeGeneres’ photo was already up to 871,000 retweets, with 210,000 favorites. She easily surpassed the previous record holder, President Barack Obama, with his election night victory photo of him hugging wife Michelle Obama, which was retweeted 777,000 times,” reports ABC News.

Today, DeGeneres’ photo stands at a whooping 3,294,364 retweets and 1,855,132 favorites.

To honor this historic Internet moment and to thank her for her use of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has stepped up to make a very generous $3 million donation to two of DeGeneres’ favorite charities – St Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Each charity will receive $1.5 million each – that’s $1.5 million more to help animals, Green Monsters!

The HSUS plans to divide the donation to support three of its major companion animal protection programs, Pets for Life, Shelter Pet Project, and Animal Rescue Team.

The most recent achievement out of this program group was a massive animal rescue operation conducted by the Animal Rescue Team just last week, saving 183 dogs suffering in filth at a puppy mill in Jefferson County, Ark., as Wayne Pacelle, HSUS CEO and president, reports in a blog post.

Samsung’s contribution will certainly go a long way in helping the HSUS continue its crucial animal protection work, so thank you, Samsung and great work, DeGeneres, for again playing a part in helping U.S. animals!

Image source: TheEllenShow / Twitter

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91 comments on “Ellen DeGeneres’ Record-Breaking Oscar Selfie Scores $1.5 Million Donation for Animals”

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Joy Allen
4 Years Ago

Ellen is such an awesome person!

Danielle Aho
4 Years Ago

Wow no one is perfect and she still is done so many things to help animals. She is human ya know! Geez!

Rachel McConnell
4 Years Ago

wow--it's money

Preston Vaughan
4 Years Ago

Cover Girl*

Rafa Delfin
4 Years Ago

So what if Ellen eats vegan and has fries with vegenaise? Veganism is not just about diet; it's about diminishing cruelty to animals. Anyone who eats vegan yet eats eggs occasionally and is a spokesperson for Cover Girl (which tests on animals) is delusional and suffers from cognitive dissonance.

Shankeera Lewis Campbell
4 Years Ago


Ly Dia
4 Years Ago

She eats vegan and has fries with veganaise

Robin Kennedy Garvey
4 Years Ago


Anne-Sophie V Cardinal
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Kristin Powell Muir
4 Years Ago

Kathleen Grube you're actually very wrong. They own and operate 6 wild life and exotic animal facilities/clinics throughout U.S.. They are first responders to natural disasters. They are (one of) the ones who putting up reward money to help find animal abusers. They are the reason it is now a Federal law that in cases of evacuation, towns must have a designated shelter for people with pets, it's called, "No Pet Left Behind". Plus many more legislation successes. Are they perfect? Absolutely not. The whole Vick thing was a disaster. Their also helping factory farmers in ways I'm not happy about. Does Wayne get paid too much? $250k really isn't a lot when you live in DC, and he makes less than CEO of ASPCA. There are 2 organizations that stand a lot to gain if HSUS goes away. Humane watch.org (supported by Big Ag) and Winograd (supported by puppy mills and breeders).


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