Charlize Theron made an impassioned plea for pet adoption in a post shared to her Instagram account on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old actress informed her 7million followers that animal shelters across the country are currently ‘overwhelmed at capacity,’ which is putting the lives of homeless pets in jeopardy.
She also shared images of the four dogs she’s rescued and welcomed into her home over the years, including a selfie snap with an adorable Shih Tzu mix.
Theron began her statement by sharing an anecdote from her childhood where she made her love for her four-legged pals clear.
‘As a kid growing up on a farm in rural South Africa, my only friends were animals. I’m not kidding, my best friend was my goat, Bok,’ she recalled.
The Academy Award-winning actress then noted that, following her move to the United States, her love for livestock changed to more conventional pets.
‘Once I moved to the US, it became clear that I couldn’t move my pet goat into a NYC apartment…..but dogs were everywhere I looked –– and I haven’t been without one since,’ she said.
Theron went on to give a shout-out to her favorite rescue center and encouraged her followers to stop shopping for pets.
‘@bestfriendsanimalsociety is ALWAYS the first place I go when I need a new furry heart in my life. If you ask me, pet adoption is the only way to go.’ she wrote.
The performer also noted that a great number of potential pets were still waiting to find their forever homes and called on her friends to adopt new pets.
‘This fall, animal shelters across the country are overwhelmed at capacity, putting tons of lives of homeless dogs and cats at risk. If I could save them all, I would (trust me), but this is gonna take all of us,’ she stated.
Theron concluded her message by imploring her followers to adopt any pets ‘who need saving from a local shelter near you.’
The actress has shared several images of her various dogs to her Instagram account on several occasions.
In her most recent pet shot, which was shared last September, her pampered pooches, Leo and Cleo, were seen celebrating their very first birthday with a canine-friendly cake.
The performer also wrote a short message that was dedicated to her dogs and expressed that she loved them, ‘even when you destroy all my furniture.’