This Avenger was powerless to shield his heart from puppy love upon locking eyes with a stray, shelter-bound pooch in 2017.
Five years on, Chris Evans has posted yet another mutt-erly adorable snapshot of his beloved rescue dog, Dodger, to Instagram yesterday in recognition of National Rescue Dog Day.
The Marvel actor and his canine BFF appear to be mid-joyride, with Evans, 40, at the steering wheel and the boxer mix resting his chin on his movie star dad’s shoulder.
Evans originally found Dodger in a Savannah, GA, animal shelter while filming the fatherhood-themed drama flick “Gifted,” according to the ‘gram he posted on last year’s National Rescue Dog Day.
“This is the moment I met Dodger,” Evans wrote in the May 20, 2021, caption. The fortuitous encounter occurred during an on-location shoot for a “scene [that] took place at a shelter. I had no intention of rescuing a dog that day, but the minute I saw him I knew he was coming home w me.”
He added, “There are so many loving animals at shelters who are in desperate need of a home. Visit a shelter and leave with a best friend.”
Back in February 2019 for the similarly companion animal-centric Love Your Pet Day, Evans dug up a clip to share across social media of his “first ‘hangout’ at the shelter” with Dodger, then known as Benny.
The “Captain America” leading man added of his goodest boy, “He was there for about a month. I can’t believe no one snagged him sooner!”
Among the other boldface names to join in the rescue pup photo-sharing fun yesterday were Ariel Winter, Lauren Conrad and Dr. Holly Hatcher-Frazier of “Dance Moms” fame.