Nicholas Gonzalez of ‘The Good Doctor’ Prescribes Kindness to Dogs in New PETA Ad

Actor Reveals How to Treat Dogs Like Family: Adopt, Keep Them Indoors, and Never Chain Them

For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Sidling up to a bar alongside his adopted dogs, Biff and Cisco, The Good Doctor star Nicholas Gonzalez appears in a new PETA campaign that proclaims, “Be Your Dogs’ Best Friend.” The ad goes on to say, “Don’t chain or crate them. They wouldn’t do that to you. Please don’t do that to them.”

In an accompanying video spot, Gonzalez stresses the importance of treating dogs like the family members they are—including by keeping them indoors. “Sometimes it’s really hot or it’s really cold out there, and dogs aren’t meant to just live [outside],” he says. “They’re meant to be a part of the family and be inside and share your hearth and share the air conditioning when needed. Dogs like to be treated just like everyone else.”

He and PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—also stress the importance of adopting dogs from animal shelters and never buying them from breeders or pet stores, which contribute to the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis. “I think it’s really important to adopt,” Gonzalez says. “There are so many dogs [who] are waiting for a good home and waiting to be loved.”

Gonzalez, who previously starred in a PETA anti-fur campaign, is part of a long list of celebrities—including George Lopez, Gillian Anderson, Constance Marie, Edward James Olmos, Krysten Ritter, Mayim Bialik, Kate del Castillo, and many others—who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.

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