For Immediate Release:
31 August 2017

Actor Recognised by Animal Rights Group for Inspiring Animal Adoption

Sydney – Ahead of Father’s Day this Sunday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has named Liam Hemsworth “Doggy Dad of the Year”. The Independence Day: Resurgence actor famously rescued his animal companions, Tani and Dora, from a shelter and is a huge advocate of animal adoption, saying, “If you’re going to get a dog, get a rescue.” Hemsworth, who is also a passionate vegan, frequently shares photos of his furry family on his Instagram account with the hashtag #rescuedogs.

“As any guardian of a rescued animal knows, no pedigree is equal to the joy you get from giving a homeless animal a happy life,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “Not only has Liam Hemsworth saved the lives of Tani and Dora, he’s also inspired countless people to go to their local shelter and adopt.”

Every year in Australia, hundreds of thousands of puppies and kittens are born in unwanted litters. Many are abandoned on the streets or left to languish in shelters, and at least 200,000 healthy dogs and cats are euthanised every year simply for lack of good homes. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that animals are not ours to abuse in any way – urges Australians to follow Hemsworth’s compassionate example by getting their animal companions desexed to help end the overpopulation crisis by adopting, never buying from pet shops or breeders.

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