Tom Hardy has come to the aid of four staff puppies.
The pups were abandoned and left for dead in a park in Bow, England. When the matter reached the attention of the Mad Max actor, he posted a heartfelt appeal on his Instagram page. "New staffies found and brought to Battersea this am in a box found in a park. Look at them. I want to house them all, 8 weeks old. Go see them," he urged his 539k strong following. Hardy is an avid dog lover. After losing his beloved sidekick Woody last year, he posted a heartfelt tribute to his pet, who passed away age six. "We at home are devastated by his loss. I am ultimately grateful for his loyal companionship and love and it is of some great comfort that he is no longer suffering. Above all, I am completely gutted. The world for me was a better place with him in it and by my side." Woody starred alongside Hardy in a variety of his productions, including CBeebies Bedtime Stories and Peaky Blinders.
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After the star's appeal, the rescue center was inundated with offers to re-home the adorable black puppies. "We had a lot of people contacting us and there is a waiting list," they told the media, according to the Daily Mail. Steve Craddock, who manages incoming dogs into the center said the staffies had a lucky escape. In the bitter British January weather, they could have easily perished. "Fortunately, they were found in time and - after a drink, asleep and some TLC- made a full recovery, and now they're charging about enjoying life with playful puppy enthusiasm."
It's believed that all four were named after famous suffragettes as this year marks 100 years of the suffragette movement. Emmeline Pankhurst, Lydia Becker, Edith Garrud, and the only boy in the pack, Davison (named after Emily Wilding Davison) all have loving homes waiting, thanks to Hardy.