Lions and tigers and bears! Well, mostly just dogs...
Unlike most Los Angeles based actresses who spend their spare time in pilates or the hair salon, writer/comedian/actress Sarah Coomes spends her days cruising the shelters to jail break pups in need. It all started one Christmas in Los Angeles. Sarah was wandering Main street in Santa Monica when she spied a huge possum foraging in the dumpster. At closer inspection the bedraggled creature turned out not to be a possum but a hungry, stray puppy. Sarah took her home, treated her to a make over which included a thorough shampoo and a fur cut, and after a visit to the Vet, decided to make Tessie a member of her family. Sarah tells Popdust exclusively:
"Once I realized there was so many animals suffering right outside my door step I was really compelled to take action, I couldn't turn a blind eye."
The ex pat, who is known for her comedic work, has since rescued many a beleaguered beast. Only two months later Sarah was noshing outside Wholefoods in Venice when a homeless lady walked by with a sickly looking lab mix on the end of a piece of string. With her eyes focused only on the poor puppy, the canine crusader couldn't help but intervene.
She asked the homeless lady about the puppy and instead of replying, she broke down in tears admitted that the dog was sick and in desperate need of medical attention. Sarah rushed the dog to the nearest vet, and despite being near death, managed to save him in the nick of time. Ralphie, as he's come to be known, is now a happy 90lb dog living a life of luxury with a producer in Venice.
Sarah continues to add neglected and abused animals to her growing menagerie in Venice, California. So far, she is up to 4 dogs, 2 cats, and continues to find homes for the stranded souls at the Carson Animal Shelter, and the DRLA.
Sarah's charity work stands in stark contrast to her professional life, which is decidedly comedic. She is known for her brilliantly funny characters and will be performing a new live show this fall in Los Angeles with characters that she's been developing and playing in local clubs over the past two years.
"I can't wait to unleash my new beasts on a wider audience,"
Coomes says with a wry smile as she pats one of her canine companions. "Lets hope the audience doesn't think I'm a possum, take me home and shave all my hair off!"
And with that, the wolf pack leapt off the sofa, filed through the doggy door and headed outside to play. Check Sarah's web site soon for new dates and shows www.sarahcoomes.net