Ahead of Father’s Day last Sunday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) named Liam Hemsworth ‘Doggy Dad of the Year’.
The Independence Day: Resurgence actor and passionate vegan famously rescued his animal companions, Tani and Dora, from a shelter and is a huge advocate of animal adoption, frequently sharing photos of his furry family on his Instagram account with the hashtag #rescuedogs.
“If you’re going to get a dog, get a rescue,” Hemsworth said.
“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,” PETA associate director of campaigns Ashley Fruno added. “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 euthanased 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 instead of buying from pet shops or breeders.