John Stamos has been a sex symbol since he was a fresh-faced 19-year-old on General Hospital, and he’s successfully maintained his dreamboat status as Dr. Brock Holt on Scream Queens. Yet somehow, he’s managed to get even sexier. John shared his soft spot for animals with PETA by posing for an ad promoting adoption from animal shelters.
Every year in the U.S., more than 6 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats enter animal shelters. Some of them are lucky enough to be adopted into loving, responsible, and permanent homes. But there are far more animals in need of a caring family than there are kind people willing to adopt them.
Animals are often acquired without considering the lifetime commitment that caring for them requires. As a result, some owners turn their backs on these loyal companions when they become “inconvenient,” “too much work,” or simply “old.”
Are you ready to add an animal companion to your family? If so, be sure to adopt! Every time an animal is purchased from a pet store or a breeder, one in a shelter loses an opportunity to find a loving home. Head over to your local open-admission animal shelter, where you’re sure to find many eager animals of all breeds, shapes, sizes, and ages who’d love to join your family. And always keep these tips in mind:
- Get your dogs and cats spayed or neutered. Watch PETA’s “370,000 Reasons to Spay and Neuter” video for more information.
- Adopt from reputable shelters—and don’t forget adult animals, who are often overlooked by people who are enamored with the idea of having a puppy or a kitten.
- If possible, adopt two animals. Dogs and cats need both human and animal companionship. Having an animal friend can help alleviate their boredom and loneliness while they’re waiting for you to come home.
- Cats and dogs are safest and happiest living indoors with their human families. For safety’s sake, they should only be allowed out into securely fenced areas or on a leash under close supervision.
- Speak up if someone is planning to breed an animal or buy from a breeder. Urge people who desire the companionship of animals to adopt from shelters instead.