Tom Hardy is pretty much a modern-day, real-life superhero. He’s made himself a killer movie career. He’s chased down moped thieves and handed them over to police. And he has the most *incredible* MySpace photos of all time.
And now he’s added to his stellar laundry list of achievements by helping to find homes for a litter of puppies that were abandoned in a London park.
The seven-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies were found crying and shivering by a passer-by in Victoria Park, Battersea, last week and were immediately taken to the animal charity Battersea Cats & Dogs Home, where vets were on hand within minutes to give them a thorough check over.
Hardy took an interest in the pupies and sent out a plea to his 520,000 Instagram followers to help find a home.
He wrote online: “New Staffies found and brought to Battersea this am in a box found in park. Look at them. I want to house them all 8 weeks old. Go see them xxx”
The four puppies now have homes lined up, but are being looked after by Battersea’s foster carers until they’re old enough to go to their new owners.
Battersea’s Intake Manager Steve Craddock said: “These puppies had a lucky escape. The whole experience must have been very frightening for them. It was a cold day and they could have easily got hypothermia, suffocated or died of dehydration. 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.”
Foster carer Kim Tyson, who is looking after two of the adorable dogs, 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’ve got two Dalmatians and they certainly rule over them. They love human company and cry when we’re not around, and they like to sleep cuddled up together.
“They’re very sweet little dogs and I can’t understand how anyone could have abandoned them like that. I hate to think what would have happened if they hadn’t been found when they were.”
Staff decided to name them after famous suffragettes, to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the women’s vote.
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.
Keep up the good work, Tom! And if you want to donate to Battersea you can do that here.
(Images: Rex / Pixabay / Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)