For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2022
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Holding a bouquet of plush red roses for his favorite scene partner—his beloved dog, Jody—NBC’s New Amsterdam star Ryan Eggold appears in a new PETA campaign encouraging fans to find their own “BFF” by adopting a shelter dog. The ad comes amid reports that animal shelters are facing a flood of homeless animals because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are so many great dogs out there who need a home and just have so much love to give,” Eggold says in an accompanying video interview with PETA. “I understand people’s desire to want this ‘perfect’ dog, but you’re not going to beat a rescue dog. They just have the biggest hearts in the world.”
The TV star also discusses his bond with Jody, whom he adopted more than a decade ago. “Since that day,” he says, “we’ve been pretty much inseparable. Dogs become a part of the family so quickly. They’re in your family photos. They sleep with you at night.”
Not every dog is as lucky as Jody. Around 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time. An estimated 10% of them end up in animal shelters, where many must eventually be euthanized for reasons including injury, illness, old age, emotional and psychological damage, and a lack of good homes. That’s why Eggold and PETA advocate for adoption—including for senior dogs, who have all the wisdom of their years and so much love to give—and urge guardians to have their animal companions spayed or neutered.
Eggold is part of a growing list of celebrities—including Tom Hardy, John Stamos, Cristin Milioti, Brian Cox, and Laurie Metcalf—who have teamed up with PETA to promote adoption.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.