Jon Stewart is best known for his part on The Daily Show, but he’s a huge dog lover. He’s even gone on record saying, “pit bulls are very nice dogs.” Well, it’s great he says that considering he has three rescued pit bulls- Shamsky, Monkey and Champ.
Stewart is a huge animal person. In 2013, he chaired the Animal Haven’s Third Annual Performance for the Animals. His family also went above and beyond it help raise funds and awareness.
One day, when Steward started helping Animal Haven, he visited one of the shelters where his children were volunteering. Well, he was so moved and inspired by the organization, he adopted a three-legged pit bull named Champ. He’s been quoted saying, “It was a good move on Animal Haven’s part…They put him right next to me and I was like, yeah, this is our dog now.’” Champ gets loads of attention, even making appearances on The Daily Show.
Shamsky is another awesome Pit Bull rescue that Stewart and his wife adopted before Champ. Shamskey was an agoraphobic pit bull who lived in a small cage; after the Stewart’s adopted him, he slowly came out of his fear. Shamsky was named after the only Jewish member of the 1969 “Miracle Mets.”
During the 2008 presidential elections, when Sarah Palin said that the only difference to a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick, Jon Stewart went on air and countered with, “One is unfairly maligned in spite of evidence that it is no worse than any other dog, and one is an artificial demographic that is no better or worse than any other mom.”
And, during the Michael Vick dog fighting scandal, Stewart went on air and said, “He calls [dogfighting] a sport! I’d like to cover him in liver and let the dogs see if he’s as fast and elusive as they say he is. My guess is no.”
Jon Stewart is such an animal lover that he allows employees to bring their dogs to work. The first thing new employees and guests notice are at least four dogs, at any given time, wandering, playing or just lying around with dog toys everywhere. The dogs are an integral part of the office landscaping, just like having a Mac computer or a special boss’s chair.