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Dennis Quaid, the Hollywood star, adopts Dennis Quaid, the black cat, from Virginia animal shelter

Dennis Quaid has made headlines by adopting a cat called.... Dennis Quaid.

The actor, 66, learned about the black rescue kitty available at the Lynchburg Humane Society in Virginia thanks to a local TV news segment featuring the pet as part of a 'clear the shelters' campaign.

'I just couldn’t resist. I had to,' Quaid explained in an interview with 10 News in Roanoke on Wednesday.

It was fate: Hollywood star Dennis Quaid, left, has adopted a black rescue kitty called Dennis Quaid, right, from the Lynchburg Humane Society in Virginia

No choice: 'I just couldn’t resist. I had to,' Quaid explained in an interview with 10 News in Roanoke on Wednesday. 'I’m out to save all the Dennis Quaids of the world'

The Hollywood star added: 'I’m out to save all the Dennis Quaids of the world.'

Dennis Quaid, the cat, is six years old and had been in search of his forever home for more than a year.

According to the humane society, he has a 'big heart' and 'likes to curl up on the couch'.

News travels: The actor learned about the cat, which has been waiting for more than a year for a forever home, thanks to a local TV news station's 'clear the shelters' campaign

Funny: Adoption Center Manager Danielle Ulmer said at first, shelter staff naturally thought they were being pranked when Quaid contacted them to adopt the cat

At first, when they were contacted about Quaid, the human, adopting Quaid, the cat, shelter staff naturally thought they were being pranked.

But once they were convinced that it was the real deal, they arranged for the two to get to meet each other via Zoom. 

This weekend, Jimmy Jellinek, who co-hosts The Pet Show podcast with Quaid, is set to travel to Lynchburg to pick up the cat and bring him back to his new home in Los Angeles. 

Quaid, who co-founded the entertainment company Audio Up that produces his podcast, told 10 News. ''He's going to be the office cat. He's going to be right here with us. We can't wait.'

Meanwhile, the star of The Parent Trap, Any Given Sunday, Frequency and The Day After Tomorrow thinks a lesson could be learned from this story.

'Maybe they should start naming animals in shelters after different celebrities and see who bites,' Quaid suggested.

New role: Quaid, who co-founded the entertainment company Audio Up that produces his podcast, told 10 News. ''He's going to be the office cat. He's going to be right here with us'

Famous feline: Quaid posted about the adoption on his Instagram Story and promised more info about the kitty on his The Pet Show podcast

Earlier this month, it was announced that Quaid will star in Audio Up's scripted country music podcast Make It Up As We Go.

The star-studded cast also includes Billy Bob Thornton, Miranda Lambert and bobby Bones and the show will premiere on iHeartPodcast Networks on October 1. 

The scripted podcast will follow a young singer and songwriter, played by Scarlett Burke, as she tries to make it in the music industry. 

Latest project: Earlier this month, it was announced Quaid will star in Audio Up's scripted country music podcast Make It Up As We Go along with Billy Bob Thornton, Miranda Lambert and Scarlett Burke

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