Tom Hardy steps in to save abandoned puppies who had been left for dead
Is there anything not to love about Tom Hardy? The 40-year-old actor and producer isn't just an attractive dude with a charming personality - he's also a huge dog lover.
The Inception star has owned various different mutts in his life, and his last dog, Woody, actually made a couple of TV appearances alongside him.
At one point, he even implied that his dog was more important to him than any friend could be. "I don’t have any friends," he said. "I don’t keep them or entertain them for any of that kind of problem. So I like to keep [to] myself. I have a dog and a son. A dog couldn’t do anything to upset me, you know, and neither could my son."
So, when he saw that a box of eight-week-old puppies had been handed over to a shelter, he spread the word in order to help them get adopted.
There were four tiny pups in total - three girls and a boy - and all of them have been named after suffragettes. Unfortunately, because they are Staffordshire Bull Terriers, there was a chance they wouldn't find a loving home, as the breed has an (inaccurate) reputation for being aggressive.
But, after Hardy shared the post from Battersea Dogs Home, applications to adopt the dogs came pouring in.
"We had a lot of people contacting us and there is a waiting list," said a spokesperson for the shelter, which takes in over 7000 cats and dogs every year. "It is a really nice position to be in."
Steve Craddock, the Intake Manager at Battersea, said the abandoned pups were very fortunate to be alive, as they could have easily been affected by hypothermia or dehydration in the time they had spent outside.
"Fortunately, they were found in time and - after a drink, a sleep and some TLC - made a full recovery, and now they're charging about enjoying life with playful puppy enthusiasm," Craddock said.
According to Battersea's website, the dogs were found in a park in central London.
"[A] kind passer-by was walking through Victoria Park on Tuesday 9 January when he heard the puppies crying and discovered them shut in a box on the sidewalk, shivering," it said. "He brought the seven-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terriers straight into our London centre, where vets were on hand within minutes to give them a thorough check over."
It went on:
"2018 has been called The Year of the Woman as it marks 100 years since women in the United Kingdom were given the right to vote. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, our staff decided to name the puppies after famous suffragettes.
"The three girls in the litter - Emmeline, Lydia and Edith - are named after Emmeline Pankhurst, Lydia Becker and Edith Garrud, while the only boy was christened Davison, after Emily Davison."
The four pups now have loving homes lined up - no doubt thanks to Hardy spreading the word - but are currently living with foster carers until they are old enough to meet their new families.
Kim Tyson, who is currently looking after Emmeline and Davison, said: “They were a bit quiet when they first arrived, but within a few hours they found their feet and now they run the house ... I hate to think what would have happened if they hadn’t been found when they were.”
Well done to the person who found the pups in the first place and the people giving up their time to look after them, but also thank you to Tom Hardy for sharing his love for dogs and proving that - no matter the breed - every dog deserves a loving home.