Emma Kenney Is ‘Shameless’ in Her Support of Companion Animal Adoption

Like her Shameless character, Debbie “Debs” Gallagher, not only is actor Emma Kenney a badass—she is also wise beyond her years. At only 17, Emma is never afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believes in. PETA has particular appreciation for her voice because she so often uses it for animal rights.

Emma is a staunch supporter of companion-animal adoption, often hashtagging #AdoptDontShop on social media. She pulled no punches when sharing that message with PETA. Check out what she had to say:

We couldn’t agree more!

Since virtually no breeders require that every puppy or kitten they sell be spayed or neutered, these animals can soon have litters of their own, furthering the overpopulation crisis and denying homes to animals who already need them. Every time an animal is purchased from a pet store or breeder, one in a shelter loses the opportunity to find a loving home.


Emma’s animal advocacy doesn’t end there: She wears only faux leather and proudly modeled a shirt in support of Corky, the longest-held captive orca, enslaved since 1969.


Go, Emma!

Are you ready to add a companion animal to your home? Take Emma’s advice: Always adopt. Virtually any breed of dog can be found in a shelter or at a breed-specific rescue group. Petfinder.com is a great resource that showcases eager mutts of all ages who would love to become a member of your family.

If you can appreciate Emma’s dedication to supporting animal adoption, freeing captive orcas, or anything and everything else related to animal rights, join PETA’s Action Team. Our Action Team is designed for people over the age of 22. If you are under 22, please check out peta2 to get active for animals, or contact us here if you are a current college student and would like to receive free outreach supplies and campaign guidance.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind