Morris the Cat
Morris the Cat, who has been played by three cats since his creation, is the mascot for the 9Lives cat food brand and the star of various 9Lives commercials throughout the years. One of the unique aspects of the Morris the Cat character is the fact that all of the animals portraying the cat have been rescued from a shelter. This is so important to the character, in fact, that an advertisement campaign featuring Morris rescuing a kitten was used to kick off a cat adoption event.
Appearing in six movies between 1974 and 2004, Benji the dog was known for providing aid and comic relief to individuals when they needed it most and eventually established a cultural trend of portraying small dogs in a similar manner. Throughout the Benji timeline, the dog was played by two separate animals: Benji himself and, later, his son Benjean.