For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Palm Springs and How I Met Your Mother star Cristin Milioti brings Old Hollywood glamour to a pair of new pro-adoption PETA ads featuring a “date night” with her adopted dog Rupert.
And in an accompanying new PETA video, Milioti offers some tough love by poking holes in every possible excuse for purchasing a purebred puppy from a pet store or breeder instead of adopting a dog from a shelter. Want a breed you saw on Instagram? “Never make a major decision because of s**t you see on the internet!” Think that buying an animal is the quick route? “If you don’t have the stamina to go through an adoption application and answer some simple questions, then you might not have the patience to care for a living, breathing animal.”
An estimated 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time. Only about 10% of those make it to animal shelters, where many have to be euthanized for humane reasons or because there simply aren’t enough suitable homes for them. “[E]very spot taken up by a purchased dog means less space for dogs like Rupert,” Milioti explains. “And we should live in a world where all the Ruperts out there can find loving homes!”
That’s why Milioti—along with Emma Kenney, John Stamos, Tom Hardy, Theo Rossi, Gregg Sulkin, and many others—has teamed up with PETA to promote animal adoption, and she even has some Valentine’s Day–appropriate advice for anyone looking for a specific breed: a “life hack called Petfinder.com.” “It has as many filters as Tinder,” she says, “but these pups won’t ghost you at an Olive Garden.”
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and the group opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.