Dr. Leslie Capin tops our list of extraordinary pet lovers, including Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah and Betty White.
Every day, an avalanche of articles vies for our attention, both in print and online, so if you missed the headlines about our picks for this year's news-worthiest pet people, you're not alone.
Don't worry, we've got you covered. We based our rankings on the individual's impact on the welfare of pets this year, their capacity to raise the public profile of pets in need, and finally their ability to inspire others to action.
Check out what some of these famous -- and not so famous-- people are doing to help animals here and around the world.