Ahead of Father’s Day on 3rd September 2017, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia named Actor Liam Hemsworth “Doggy Dad of the Year”.

The Independence Day: Resurgence actor famously rescued his animal companions, Tani and Dora, from a shelter.  The two dogs, a brown pit bull called Tani and big Labradoodle Dora, frequently appear on the 26-year-old’s social media and have been described as his ‘true loves’.

Hemsworth is a huge advocate of animal adoption, saying, “If you’re going to get a dog, get a rescue.” Also a passionate vegan, Hemsworth frequently shares photos of his furry family on his Instagram account, which has 9.2 million followers.

“As any guardian of a rescued animal knows, no pedigree is equal to the joy you get from giving a homeless animal a happy life,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno.

“Not only has Liam Hemsworth saved the lives of Tani and Dora, he’s also inspired countless people to go to their local shelter and adopt.”

Every year in Australia, thousands of puppies and kittens are born in unwanted litters. Many are abandoned or left to languish in shelters, and thousands of dogs and cats are euthanised every year mostly for their behavioural issues or owner’s change of circumstances.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that animals are not ours to abuse in any way – urges Australians to follow Hemsworth’s compassionate example by getting their animal companions desexed to help end the overpopulation crisis by adopting, never buying from pet shops or breeders.

For more information about animal homelessness, visit PETA.org.au.