Gregg Sulkin Cuddles Up to Canine Pal in Pro-Adoption Ad for PETA

Actor Urges Fans Not to Buy Animals While Millions of Homeless Dogs and Cats Wait at Shelters

For Immediate Release:
December 11, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – With his arm draped around his new four-legged friend, Marvel’s Runaways star Gregg Sulkin appears in a new PETA campaign that proclaims, “Adopt. Don’t Shop. Begin a Lifelong Friendship at Your Local Animal Shelter.

In an accompanying video spot, Sulkin insists that there’s “no … better feeling” than opening up your heart to an animal in need. “[A]dopting is crucial,” he says. “[T]here are many dogs without a home …. [and] who’ve been mistreated.”

The actor is currently a proud “uncle” to his friends’ pups, and he tells PETA that he intends to adopt one of his own in the new year. Gushing about his plans to become a dog dad, he says, “I think there’s a very special bond between a human and a dog …. So I’m excited to have that back in my life …. I grew up in a … very loving family, and so I think dogs should have that exact same experience.”

Every year, more than 6 million dogs and cats end up in U.S. animal shelters, and half of them have to be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Countless more end up on the street, where they may starve, freeze, get hit by cars, or endure abuse.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages caring people to adopt from local animal shelters, rather than buying from breeders or pet stores, which only exacerbate the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis, and not to give animals away as gifts.

Sulkin is part of a growing list of celebrities—including Bella Thorne, Madelaine Petsch, Sarah Jeffery, Hayes Grier, Noah Cyrus, Evanna Lynch, and China Anne McClain—who’ve joined forces with PETA or its affiliates to promote kindness to animals.

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