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Loving shelter dog becomes Disney’s newest star in upcoming ‘Lady and the Tramp’ live-action remake

Loving shelter dog becomes Disney’s newest star in upcoming ‘Lady and the Tramp’ live-action remake

Monte, a 2-year-old shelter dog, once called HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix his "home," until he was adopted. Now he's a Disney star.
Monte, a 2-year-old shelter dog, once called HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix his “home,” until he was adopted. Now he’s a Disney star. Credit: HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Every dog has his day.”

Well, for one Arizona shelter dog, that day has come as he makes his debut on the big screen as the lead role in Disney’s live-action remake of the popular 1955 animated movie “Lady and the Tramp.”

“Monte,” a 2-year-old terrier mix, once called HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix his “home,” until he was adopted.

Monte was rescued from the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, New Mexico, by HALO Animal Rescue in April 2018.

HALO partners with other rescue organizations and shelters– that’s how Monte ended up there, said HALO President and CEO Heather Allen.

Apparently, the Mesilla Valley animal shelter often sends groups of dogs to HALO, sometimes up to 50 at a time. Monte was part of the group sent on April 26, 2018.

Shelter staffers noted that Monte was super friendly, loved to greet people and give kisses, and loved attention. He also knew how to sit and walked well on a leash.

So, when animal trainers came scouting from Hollywood, looking for rescue dogs to cast in the movie, Monte was a natural pick.

Monte was adopted by the trainers, and, aside from his filming and publicity appearances, he was said to be leading a happy, normal life.

“Lady and the Tramp” will premiere Nov. 12 on Disney’s new streaming service. The canine cast of the live-action remake features real-life rescue dogs (with voices provided by human celebrities.)

Monte’s “voice” will be that of actor Justin Theroux, a proud pet parent of his own rescue dog in real life.

And Disney adds that all the rescue dogs featured in the film found “forever homes” when production ended.

The Arizona shelter is particularly proud of Monte’s new gig because it is an opportunity to spread awareness for shelter animals and it shows how far they can actually go.

It’s special when these things happen. It helps show the world that shelter animals are wonderful and people can find their next best friend there,” she said.

“They could also be highly trained to be in movies. It shows that they’re not a bunch of broken and discarded animals. They make great family pets as well.”

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