Chris Evans Says Adopting Dog Dodger The "Best Decision" Of His Life, Urges People To Rescue Older Pups
Chris Evans says older rescue dogs are special because you have to earn their love.
Chris Evans says adopting an older dog was "the best decision of my life".
Evans has opened up about bringing home his beloved boxer-mix Dodger from a rescue centre and admits he never previously considered giving a home to a "full-grown dog" — but it worked out perfectly.
In a BuzzFeed Celeb interview, Evans, who's currently the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the latter's eponymous spin-off, said, "I always thought when I adopted a dog or rescued a dog, it would be a little puppy. Dodger was a full-grown dog.
"It wasn’t the story i had in my mind, but it ended up being the best decision of my life.”
Evans went on to explain that many prospective owners overlook older dogs in shelters because they are looking for a puppy — and insists adult pooches really should be given a chance.
He added: "I just think a lot of adult dogs and older dogs get overlooked, and that’s a shame,” he said. “They just have such a connection with whoever they’ve been around for a while. That’s what makes an older dogs' love so special — you gotta earn it."
Evans originally adopted Dodger after filming a scene for his 2017 drama Gifted. During a previous appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Evans explained how Dodger got his name.
He said: "It's a far more embarrassing story that I now get to explain every time someone asks me. There's a movie called Oliver and Company, it's a Disney movie, an animated movie, that I grew up watching.
"When I first saw him in the shelter, I just said, 'Oh man, that looks like Dodger from Oliver and Company."
The Avengers: Endgame actor went on: "After I decided I was taking him home with me, I went through the process of thinking of other names, and I just couldn't get off Dodger. So, I said, 'I'm not going to overthink this one.'"
Watch Evans' BuzzFeed Celeb interview here (and look how distracted he is...can you really blame him?)
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