Shannen Doherty is joining the ranks of celebrities who are using their fame and fortune to advocate for various causes, like animal rights. In Doherty’s case, it’s for the safety of wolves.
In one of her recent Instagram posts, the actress pleads with her followers to leave wolves in the wild where they belong and to avoid taking them in as pets. Doherty shared a picture of herself hugging a wolf, but clarified in the caption that wolves are not meant to be house pets. She started by thanking an organization called Apex Protection Project, whose focus is to rescue and protect wolves and wolfdogs.
“They are not pets. They are wild and belong in the wild but thankfully there are non profits like #apexprotectionproject that take in wolves that people got as pets and then realized they were too much to handle [sic],” wrote Doherty in her post, adding that the wolf in her picture was one that was rescued from someone who had tried to take him in as a pet. Doherty’s post has since been liked over 6,400 times on Instagram.
Such a wonderful night learning about wolves from @apexprotectionproject They are not pets. They are wild and belong in the wild but thankfully there are non profits like #apexprotectionproject that take in wolves that people got as pets and then realized they were too much to handle. This cutie is one of them and I was lucky enough to cuddle with him for a minute but make no mistake, he's a wild animal. #wolves #notpets thank you @kissgisselle and @tristarelectric for hosting such a wonderful nightAdvertisementAdvertisement
This isn’t the first time Doherty has used social media to bring attention to animal cruelty. For instance, back in June she shared a photo of a dog that had been set on fire, followed by another picture of dogs packed into cages, to try and push people to sign a petition to ban a dog meat festival in China.
The following month, Doherty shared horrific photos of a white rhino that was shot and had her horn stolen by poachers. The series of posts were to promote the Saving the Survivors project, which tries to save and rehabilitate rhinos that have been victims of poaching.
Shannen Doherty, Instagram page, accessed November 13, 2015.