As she sang “The House that Built Me” during Wednesday night’s “Healing in the Heartland” benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims, Miranda Lambert burst into tears as heartbreaking photos of pets displaced by the disaster were shown on a jumbo screen.
The audience began singing the song for her as Lambert quietly said, “Sorry.”
“Our next performer made it very clear to me that she wouldn’t miss being here for the world,” her husband, Blake Shelton, who organized the event, said in her introduction. “And I can say – without contradiction – that she is an amazing woman, a compassionate human being, a great talent. Oh, and by the way, an amazing wife. Raising awareness for the animals affected by the tornado … here’s Miranda Lambert!”
Lambert and Shelton are pet parents to several former pound pups. Lambert created the non-profit MuttNation Foundation to help end pet suffering and homelessness around the world. The foundation has been helping pets affected by the tornado in Moore, Okla.
While Lambert and Shelton are obviously dedicated dog lovers, apparently the couple’s fondness for animals doesn’t extend to reptiles.
In an October 2010 episode of “Country Boys Outdoors” on the Sportsman Channel, Lambert killed an alligator to make a purse from its skin. Last summer, Shelton tweeted a “joke” about intentionally running over an endangered turtle. He told people who objected to his tweet to shut up, calling them “booger eaters.” While he later apologized for his “ignorant joke,” he continued sending insulting tweets to those who told him they didn’t find it funny.
The “Healing in the Heartland” concert raised money for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
Here’s a clip of Lambert’s performance. To help animal shelters in the Oklahoma City area care for many of those pets seen on the jumbo screen, click here.