Chris Evans marks National Rescue Dog Day in a heartwarming way

Chris Evans’ devotion to man’s best friend is evident in a heartwarming Instagram photo with Dodger, his pet dog. The actor, 40, celebrated National Rescue Dog Day on May 20 by sharing a photo – Evans can be seen driving a car as Dodger comfortably rests his head on the Captain America the shoulder of the star.

Evans captioned the photo “#NationalRescueDogDay,” along with a red heart emoji. Her famous friends loved the photo in the comments section. Jamie Chung wrote, “The best pup 😍” and Octavia Spencer added, “Awwwwwwwwwww 😮😍.”

Evans adopted Dodger while filming the drama Gifted in April 2017. “One of the last scenes we were shooting was in a pound, a kennel,” He said People shortly after adopting Dodger. “I stupidly walked in and thought, ‘Are these actor dogs or are these really foster dogs?’ And of course they were, so I was walking down the aisles and I saw this guy and he didn’t belong there.”

“I caught him and he’s such a good dog,” Evans added. “They got him about a year old, he acts like a puppy, he has the energy of a puppy, he’s such a sweetheart, he’s such a good boy. He loves dogs, he loves children, he is full of love.”

During “The Cast of the Avengers Unite for Democracy with Senator Kamala Harris” Marvel Fan Live Q&A in 2020, Evans said that as a Boston native, he encountered ribs for his dog’s name. “I get a lot of flak for that because everyone’s like, ‘I thought you were from Boston,'” Evans said. “It has nothing to do with the [Los Angeles Dodgers].” He chose the name Dodger after one of his favorite Disney movies.

“When I first saw him he was in a shelter, and I said man, he really looks like the dog Dodger,” Evans said. “I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Olivier & Company. It’s a bit of a deep cut. It’s an animated movie from the early 90s, maybe late 80s [released in 1988]. There was a character who was the crafty Dodger. He looked like Dodger. I said man, he really looks like that Dodger dog.”

Billy Joel provided the voice of Dodger in Olivier & Company. Evans was initially apprehensive about the name, imagining angry baseball fans. In the end, he felt that Dodger suited the dog too well to change him. “I was thinking of other nominees, but I couldn’t get this one out of my head,” Evans said. “I just thought, you know what? I’m not going to push this one. I’m just going to let it stick.”

Evans’ boxer mix has been a staple of his social media feeds and that’s why he joined instagram in May 2020. “I feel like an old man. I’m so late to the party,” the actor added. “You know what this is? I had too many nice pictures of my dog. I was like, they’re wasted on my phone. I have to put them somewhere.”

Evans posted a video taken when he met Dodger at the shelter in honor of National Rescue Dog Day in 2021. He captioned the Publish, “Happy #nationalrescuedogday. “That’s when I met Dodger. I was shooting a movie in Savannah, and the scene took place in a shelter. I had no intention of rescuing a dog that day, but as soon as I saw him I knew he was coming home with me.” He added, “There are so many animals magnets in shelters in desperate need of a home. Visit a shelter and leave with a best friend.”