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Mariska Hargitay's Pets

Does Mariska Hargitay Have Any Pets?

Mariska Hargitay has two adopted pets: A cat named karma and a dog named Kaia.

Albus and Grindelwald (Dog)

Adopted Apr 2020

In April 2020, Mariska Hargitay fostered two puppies that she named after Harry Potter characters, Albus and Grindelwald.

Karma (Cat)

Breed: Siamese | Adopted Nov 2023

In November 2023, Mariska Hargitay welcomed a new feline member to her family, a cat she named Karma. The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress took to Instagram on Thursday to introduce Karma, whose was named after the Taylor Swift song “Karma.” (Check out Taylor’s response to the news)

Boa Constrictor (Snake)

Breed: Boa Constrictor

Mariksa Hargitay had a pet boa constrictor when she was a child. She mentioned the fact when she posted the photo to Instagram seen here with the same type of snake.

So… fun fact-When I was a kid, we had a boa constrictor as a pet. I know I know… I got to hold this gorgeous creature yesterday. It brought me right back! #SnakeKisses #Snake #SnakeLife #Trust #SnakeCharmer #Reputation (my version) #AlbinoSnake. By the way, I’m reading all these comments of everybody that is so scared of snakes and I guarantee that if you were with me I would hold your hand and you would be able to do it too.

@therealmariskahargitay, Instagram, March 2024

Kaia (Dog)

Breed: Mixed Breed

Marissa Hargitay has a rescue dog named Kaia, seen here celebrating Christmas with Karma.

Childhood Dogs (Dog)

According to a neighbor who shared this photo on Flickr, Mariska Hargitay always had dogs growing up.

The Purple Leash Project

Adopted May 2024

In May 2024, Mariska Hargitay teamed up with Purina and RedRover to support The Purple Leash Project, which aims to make domestic violence shelters more pet-friendly. Read what Hartigay, also a survivor, had to say about The Purple Leash Project.

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Mariska Hargitay Pets


January 23, 1964 (60)

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Mariska Hargitay, an American actress and humanitarian, and philanthropist. Best known for her portrayal of Olivia Benson in the long-running television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Hargitay has a career spanning over three decades.

Hargitay’s breakthrough role came in 1999 when she was cast as Detective Olivia Benson in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Her portrayal of the empathetic and resilient detective investigating heinous sexual crimes struck a chord with viewers and quickly catapulted her to stardom. In 2006, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her outstanding work on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

In addition to her remarkable contributions to the television industry, Hargitay has shared the screen with acclaimed actors such as Robin Williams in the film “Happy Feet Two,” where she lent her voice to the character of Miss Viola. Hargitay also worked alongside Hollywood veteran Hilary Swank in the drama film “Freedom Writers” and starring opposite Chris Meloni, her long-time co-star, in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Beyond her acting, Mariska founded the Joyful Heart Foundation which supports people who have been sexually abused. She has worked closely with actress and animal rights activist Ellen DeGeneres, appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to discuss their shared love for animals and the importance of their protection. Hargitay has also collaborated with actor Ian Somerhalder, known for his work on “The Vampire Diaries,” to support the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, an organization focused on environmental protection and animal rights. Additionally, Hargitay has worked with renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, a prominent figure in the field of animal conservation. Together, they have championed various initiatives aimed at preserving wildlife and raising awareness about the importance of biodiversity.