By Natalie Abrams
October 08, 2014 at 04:00 PM EDT
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Hilary Swank has teamed with Fox for a two-hour dog-themed special that will air Thanksgiving night.

The two-time Oscar winner and animal advocate will host and executive-produce The Great American Dog-a-Thon, a family-friendly special celebrating rescue dogs and giving viewers at home a chance to adopt or foster them. The special will include musical tributes, viral videos and even an awards segment. (Yes, Cutest Puppy is a category.)

“I have long been an advocate for animal adoption and know first-hand the immense joy a shelter animal brings to our lives,” Swank said. “Yet, every year more than four million animals are euthanized because of overcrowding in shelters. We are so fortunate to have an animal advocate in the Fox network that not only sees the need for more awareness surrounding this issue, but is willing to set aside a two-hour block for this important cause. This partnership will change the path of a soul for thousands of animals looking for their forever home.”

Throughout the special, Swank will be joined by other celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Josh Duhamel, Miranda Lambert, Kristen Bell, Fergie, Paula Abdul, Betty White, LeAnn Rimes, Kesha, and Carrie Ann Inaba.

The Great American Dog-a-Thon, also executive-produced by Michael Levitt, will air Thursday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.