Yvonne Strahovski Is an ‘Angel for Animals’

Handmaid’s Tale actor Yvonne Strahovski takes her rescued best friends, Chazzie and Wilbur, everywhere, and that includes the set! Now, the trio is doing their part to help millions of homeless animals by starring in an “Adopt, Don’t Buy” PETA campaign.

Yvonne Strahovski PSA

“I think it’s really important that people become aware of the amount, the mass of animals that are sitting in shelters as opposed to people going out and just buying puppies that are being bred,” Strahovski explains. Every year, 6 to 8 million stray and abandoned animals enter animal shelters across the U.S., and about half of them must be euthanized because of a lack of good homes. People who buy animals from breeders or pet shops and don’t spay or neuter their animal companions are fueling the animal overpopulation crisis. Every dog or cat purchased from a breeder or pet store takes a home away from an animal waiting in a shelter.

“There are just so many dogs that are just as gorgeous―whether they’re mixed or purebred or whatever―they’re all gorgeous, and they all have personalities, and they all need a home,” shares Yvonne in an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with PETA. Watch her interview below to learn more about the animal overpopulation crisis and how you can help.

Join Yvonne Strahovski and be an “Angel for Animals”!

There are many things that you can do to make your voice heard. Looking for inspiration? Here are some easy ways that you can help animals:

There are many things that you can do to make your voice heard. Looking for inspiration? Here are some easy ways that you can help animals:

  • Speak up if you see a “backyard dog”: Check out some simple tips for helping dogs in your area who are forced to live outside.
  • Join PETA’s Action Team: Help local activists around the world organize for animal rights.
  • Order leaflets and pass them out: Grassroots work is essential to the success of the animal rights movement.
  • Tell all your friends about the importance of getting companion animals spayed and neutered: It’s the most effective way to combat the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis and prevent cats and dogs from suffering and dying.
  • Order some PETA merchandise so that you can be loud without saying a word: Stock up on animal-friendly items, such as classic PETA T-shirts and activist literature.
  • Request a free vegan starter kit for someone you know: Help your friends and family members take the first step toward going vegan by ordering them a copy of our free guide to healthy and humane eating.

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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