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Uggie Left Paw Prints on the Walk of Fame—and on Our Hearts

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post | August 12, 2015

UPDATE: Beloved Uggie, who starred in one of our popular pro-adoption ads, was euthanized Friday, August 7, at the age of 13 after a battle with cancer. We send our sympathy to Uggie’s guardian, Omar von Muller, who adopted him from an animal shelter. Uggie was the first dog to have his paw prints added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame—and he will forever leave his mark on our hearts.

His remarkable life is a reminder that countless dogs and cats are waiting in animal shelters for someone to “discover” them. Like Uggie, each of them is a star—they just need a loving home where they can shine. If you’re ready to give an animal a leading role in your life, please adopt one from your local shelter.

Originally posted on April 30, 2012: 

Scene-stealing canine star Uggie won people’s hearts in the award-winning film The Artist. Now the world’s favorite pup is the star of a PETA campaign encouraging everyone always to adopt—never buy. Before Uggie was a Palm Dog Award winner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, he was just another statistic—an unwanted dog, who was passed off by two families before he found a wonderful permanent home. Every animal deserves the same happy ending that Uggie experienced.

When you are ready to welcome an animal into the family, please don’t support pet stores or breeders, who are largely responsible for the 3 to 4 million animals who must be euthanized in animal shelters every year because there are not enough homes for them. Remember always to adopt—never buy.

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  • Vicky says:

    Beautiful advert, although there are responsible breeders who look after their animals I don’t trust online sales or pet shops, it is disgusting that a living being should be bartered like a pound of corn and I support the abolition of puppy farms.

  • monica says:

    Please save lives and adopt.