Patrick Stewart Supports Initiatives Against Dog Fighting
People.com: Patrick Stewart’s dog fostering journey, which has been documented in adorable detail on Instagram, has been more than just a delight for the actor — it’s been a life-changing experience.
“I find that my relationship to the world and to the news every day in the papers and on the television has been changed by Ginger, because she has brought such a quality of patience and tolerance and fun into our lives, that it has, in a very short space of time, shifted my sense of where our world might be going,” Stewart, 76, told PEOPLE about the precious pit bull he fostered with wife Sunny Ozell through L.A.’s Wags and Walks, with help from the ASPCA.
“I literally find myself more optimistic than I was, and there is only Ginger to account for this,” he continued. “It is the impact of sharing my life for only seven or eight days with Ginger.”
The sheer magic the 2-year-old pup instilled in the Logan star’s life also inspired Stewart to seek causes that will protect dogs like Ginger from being the target of abuse.
As part of this effort, Stewart partnered with the ASPCA to put an end to dog fighting. As part of the National Dog Fighting Awareness Day campaign kicking off on April 8, Stewart and the ASPCA are urging animal lovers across the country to #GetTough on this cruel practice by posting selfies with their pets to social media throughout the month of April, flexing their muscles as a sign of solidarity to the organizations working to end this inhumane form of entertainment.
Along with sharing selfies, supporters are encouraged to post their thoughts about the cruelty of dog fighting with the hashtag #GetTough and learn more about dog fighting and how to end it at aspca.org/gettough.
Stewart himself admitted to believing the negative stereotypes that say pit bulls are violent and dangerous — until five years ago, when he moved next door to an aging pit bull named Sadie in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
But the actor was happy to realize just how wrong he was