Academy Award nominee and star of CBS' Person of Interest Taraji P. Henson is taking a personal interest in
helping dogs that spend their lonely days and cold nights at the end of a chain.
Taraji—who stars in a new PETA ad with her beloved canine Uncle Willie—wants to
encourage people to bring their dogs indoors,
where they will be safe and warm. Taraji makes an undeniable claim, saying, "Dogs,
to me, are like children. They are the closest thing to God. They are so pure
in their love, and all they do is aim to please." In addition to
having their emotional and social needs completely ignored, dogs who are forced to live at
the end of a chain are often deprived of adequate food, water, and veterinary care. They are vulnerable to cruel people and other
animals and rarely have sufficient shelter to shield them from harsh weather
extremes. Chained dogs are also much more likely to be aggressive and to attack—endangering
children and the public at large—if they break free. Chaining is arguably one
of the cruelest things that you can do to an animal who wants and deserves
nothing more than to curl up at your feet at night, greet you with a happy
face, and be a part of your family.
In her previous
ad, Taraji urged people to be comfortable in their own skin and let animals keep
theirs. She is already an angel for animals, but in this ad, shot by famed photographer Don Flood, she has the wings
to prove it.
In this behind-the-scenes video, Taraji tells you
how you can help dogs forced to live at the end of a chain and how PETA is
helping to get a roof over their heads. Watch and see how you can be an angel
Join Taraji and make a difference for dogs forced
to spend a life of loneliness and neglect at the end of a chain. There are many
steps that you can take to help individual dogs—or you can help an entire community of dogs by contacting your local government.
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