Movie star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, of Kick-Ass and Avengers fame, is the voice behind a powerful two-minute film urging the world, and Australians in particular, to adopt a shelter or pound dog this festive season—a time when dog death rates skyrocket.
Working with dog and animal welfare organisations across Australia, the campaign features the voice of Taylor-Johnson, the owner of two rescue dogs, and brings to life the plight of the 50,000 dogs put down each year.
“Every year, over two million dogs are euthanised around the world,” Taylor-Johnson said. “Together we can end such a senseless disregard for life. Choose compassion and adopt a rescue dog today.”
Monika Biernacki from Doggie Rescue added: “Pounds and shelters across Australia are inundated during the holiday season making it the ideal time to adopt a rescue dog.
“Dog abandonment rates climb sharply during Christmas as families and individuals can often be overwhelmed by the emotional and financial strain brought on by the festive season.”
While pounds and shelters do the best that they can with the limited resources available to them, they can’t provide homes for hundreds of dogs indefinitely. This is why Australians who want a family pet or who are thinking of gifting a pet for Christmas, are being urged to consider adopting a rescue or pound dog. Given that 1000 dogs are being put down each week nationally, doing so could literally save the life of one of them.