Strictly Star Karen Hauer Leaps Into Action for ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ PETA Campaign

Strictly Star Karen Hauer Leaps Into Action for ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ PETA Campaign

London – Flying through the air in a voluminous black dress alongside her three adorable rescued dogs, Strictly Come Dancing star and dancer Karen Hauer appears in a new PETA campaign encouraging everyone to “quickstep to your local shelter” and steer clear of breeders and pet shops.

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“So many dogs out there need a home. They just want to be loved and they want that opportunity to be part of a family,” Hauer says in an accompanying video spot for PETA. “Animal shelters and rescue centres are filled with lovable, affectionate dogs and cats who would make wonderful companions – and their lives depend upon being adopted.”

The TV star also discusses her bond with her pups Betty, Marley, and Phoebe. “Those days when you feel low, those days when you feel sad, my dogs make me want to get out of bed and go for a walk and give me that emotional support,” Hauer says. “They give me that love every single day, every second.”

Not every animal is as lucky as Betty, Marley, and Phoebe. Every year, hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters in the UK, and many of them have to be euthanised simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them. That’s why Hauer and PETA advocate for adoption and urge guardians to have their animal companions spayed or neutered.

Hauer joins a long list of celebrities – including Tove Lo, Tom Hardy, James Brittain-McVey, Greg James, and Brian Cox – who have teamed up with PETA to promote adoption.

“Adopting Betty, Marley, and Phoebe were three of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Hauer says. “If you’re thinking of adding a dog to your family, please remember to always adopt – don’t shop.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA’s website or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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