Palm Dog Award winner and star of the Academy Award winning film “The Artist,” Uggie, has taken on a new star role: helping abandoned animals in shelters. Joining a campaign with PETA, Uggie has become the new face of promoting adoption rather than purchasing pets.
According to the ASPCA, approximately five to seven million animals enter shelters every year nationwide. Out of these numbers, 60% are euthanized. The crisis concerning a public that purchases animals rather than adopting them is a cause that Uggie, who was also abandoned and put into a shelter, is trying to change.
Before capturing the hearts of people, Uggie was just another shelter dog looking for a loving family and a warm home. After two families gave him up, Uggie was finally adopted permanently. His story has ignited concern over the amount of animals abandoned, and now with his help he can save other unwanted pets.
Pet stores are notorious for purchasing puppies from inhumane sources, like puppy mills. Adopting animals who never got a chance at a life could help end the puppy mill business. With support from this celebrity animal actor and PETA, the future for millions of unwanted pets in shelters could become as bright as Uggie’s.
Photo Credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com