Ryan Gosling isn’t kidding when he talks about animal welfare. The actor made the news recently for his quick rescue of a dog who had run into a busy road.
Gosling and girlfriend Eva Mendes were on a romantic getaway in Palm Springs. While on his way to grab some takeout, Gosling noticed someone frantically chasing after a dog.
So he did the hero thing — stopping the car and retrieving the dog for the pup’s relieved human.
— The Insider (@TheInsider) March 10, 2016
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) March 9, 2016
Gosling isn’t just about those in-the-moment saves, though. He has been a strong supporter of animal welfare for years:
- As far back as 2003, Gosling was imploring companies such as KFC and McDonald’s to provide “a more humane and less painful existence” for their chickens.
- In 2013, he wrote a blog post titled “A Tiny Cage is Not a Life,” regarding the plight of pigs bred by the pork industry in Canada.
- Gosling has even expressed concern for the stray cats and mice at Disneyland.
And when it comes to his own pet? No thousands-of-dollars pedigree here. Gosling rescued his dog, George, from an L.A. animal shelter.
I’m going to echo the words of Huffington Post news editor Hilary Hanson here: “Hey Ryan Gosling, this whole ‘being an amazing person’ thing is frankly just getting old!”
So here’s to our new hero, who uses his influence as a celebrity to not only promote animal welfare, but also act as a great role model.