Sir Patrick Stewart has accomplished a lot in his life. He has over 150 acting credits to his name. He was granted a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. He carried the torch as part of the opening ceremony of the Olympics in 2012. But of all his accomplishments and honors, he says that fostering Pit Bulls has been one of the best things he’s ever done.
Stewart and wife, singer Sunny Ozell, welcomed their newest foster, Lenny, into their home just this weekend! He posted this adorable photo of the three of them together Sunday afternoon. They look so happy to have him, and he looks just thrilled to be there!
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Please meet our new foster dog, Leonard. “Lenny” for short. He is a gentle gentleman, and @madameozell and I are smitten already. At roughly ten years of age, Leonard is our first “senior” foster. We know very little about his life, except that it was one full of neglect. To be able to give this handsome fellow a soft bed, and all the cuddles and kisses he asks for…well, it’s just such a privilege. Thank you as always to @wagsandwalks for bringing another angel into our lives. #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives #pitbullsarefamily #pitbullsarelove
The couple has fostered two other Pit Bulls for their favorite shelter, Wags and Walks. First was Ginger – she was in their home for less than a year but left a mark that will last a lifetime! Stewart and Ozell fell in love with their Ginger girl right away, and she lived the spoiled life of a loved pet who was doted on by her parents.
They were excited to fail their very first foster, but were sadly unable to due to what Stewart refers to as “draconian breed specific legislation in the UK.” Still, for they spent nine months full of happy walkies and sloppy kisses together until it was time to say goodbye.
Ginger charmed several people, and had a lot of applications for adoption, but found her forever home with the owner of Crossroad Pet Resort, who helped her heal from a surgery. Stewart and Ozell keep in touch and get to visit with Ginger from time to time! (Follow her at @missgingergirl on Instagram!)
Their next foster was a pretty pocket-pitty with cropped ears and a sweet smile named Emma. She was found as a stray, but was clearly used for breeding before entering the shelter.
Her weakened abdominal muscles led to a complication after a routine spay, and she had to have three emergency surgeries while with Wags and Walks. She became ready to adopt earlier this year, but waited for months without finding a home.
Then, Stewart and Ozell welcomed her in. She spent a lot of time giving kisses and taking naps with her foster family, and just two weeks later found her forever home!
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Miss Emma has a meet and greet today with a potential forever family. I’m so excited for her to have everything she deserves…in the short two weeks that she’s been with us, she has taught us so much. Every foster doggie opens your heart just a little more, reminding you that the human capacity for love is infinite and boundless. Thank you again to @wagsandwalks for giving us this opportunity. #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives #pitbullsarelove #pitbullsarefamily
Lenny is their third foster, and it’s clear that cupid has already hit the couple pretty hard!
“At roughly ten years of age, Leonard is our first ‘senior’ foster. We know very little about his life, except that it was one full of neglect. To be able to give this handsome fellow a soft bed, and all the cuddles and kisses he asks for…well, it’s just such a privilege.”
Lenny looks like he’s in love, too!
Thanks to their work as foster parents and activism with the ASPCA and Wags and Walks, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell have been able to show what wonderful pets Pit Bulls are.
They’ve also used their large social media following to give a voice to a breed that needs it more than any other. They have raised awareness for unfair issues that affect Pit Bulls most, like low adoption rates, breed-specific legislation, and dog fighting.
And if they get a few sweet kisses out of it, what could it hurt?
You can help their favorite shelter and the pets in it by following Wags and Walks on Facebook and donating, or sharing their posts with friends!
Featured Photo: @sirpatstew/Instagram
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