Recently, one star spoke about how adopting his furry best friend was the “best decision” he’s made.
Chris Evans is best known for playing superhero Captain America in a hit series of Marvel blockbusters. But he became a real-life superhero for a boxer mix named Dodger, who Evans adopted in 2017.
It all started while Evans was filming the movie Gifted, and he realized the kennel they were filming in wasn’t just a movie set.🙏🙏🙏
“I foolishly walked in and I thought, ‘Are these actor dogs or are these real up for adoption dogs?’” the actor told People in 2017. “And sure enough they were, so I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn’t belong there. I snagged him and he’s such a good dog.”
“I had no intention of rescuing a dog that day, but the minute I saw him I knew he was coming home [with] me,” Evans wrote in an Instagram post marking National Rescue Dog Day.❤️❤️❤️❤️
In a recent interview with BuzzFeed Celeb, Evans said that he imagined adopting a puppy, and never planned on taking home an older dog like Dodger. But after seeing Dodger, it was love at first sight.
“Dodger was a full-grown dog,” he told BuzzFeed, saying the dog was about 2 at the time. “It wasn’t the story I had in my mind but it ended up being the best decision of my life.”☘️🐶☘️❤️🙏
The actor now says more people should consider adopting older dogs, who need homes but are often overlooked. “I just think a lot of adult dogs and older dogs get overlooked, and that’s a shame,” he said. “Let’s give them some love, too.”
If it wasn’t clear that Evans loves dogs, he also got to play with puppies throughout the whole interview — and couldn’t contain his excitement:🙏❤️🙏❤️
Evans didn’t plan to adopt a dog that day on set, but it clearly changed his life. Dodger is beloved by the actor’s fans, and frequently appears on his social media. Dodger has become such a big part of Evans’ life, in fact, that he got the dog’s name tattooed on his chest.🙏❤️🙏☘️🐶
“I mean that’s probably one of the purest relationships I have,” Evans said in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October 2020. “[Getting my tattoo of his name] didn’t take much convincing. I’ll never regret that tattoo. I’ve regretted a few in my life, not that one.”🙏❤️☘️🐶
While Dodger is an older dog than Evans planned on, he was still quite a handful, as playful as a puppy.
“He acts like a puppy, he’s got the energy of a puppy, he’s just such a sweetheart, he’s such a good boy,” Evans told People. “He loves dogs, he loves kids, he’s full of love.”❤️🙏☘️🙏🐶☘️
“God dogs, they’re such great animals. I really can’t say enough about dogs, I’m a dog lunatic.”
A dog’s love can be the most valuable thing in the world – even for people who are rich and famous.
We’re so glad Chris Evans found such a perfect pet, and thank him for spread the word about adopting dogs, especially older dogs.