Apparently, dressing up like Star Wars characters at adoption events was a favorite pastime of members of this particular animal sanctuary. Then, earlier this year, Saxena got the idea to juxtapose the gritty characters from Star Wars with fluffy animals that need homes.
ForStar Wars Day (May the 4th, duh), he did a photo series titled"Bad Guys Doing Good,"which featured some of the "bad guys" from a galaxy far, far away.But now, with the recent release of The Force Awakens, why limit the series to just evildoers?
Then comes the next question: Who gets paired with which animals? Well, Saxena knew immediately that he should match up Chewbacca with a shih tzu, who, as he told Upworthy, "might be a distant relative."
And if your days are too busy following the whims of the most feared Sith Lord in the galaxy, you can still get a cat, as they don't need a ton of maintenance. Saxenamused to Pet360, "even a Stormtrooper can benefit from cuddling a furry friend after a long day at the Death Star."
We have to commend the Ottowa Humane Society's moxie with this campaign. According to the ASPCA, there are approximately 7.6 millioncompanion animals in shelters every year. As far as we're concerned, any chance to bring publicity to the issue is a good one.
According to Pet360 and Saxena, it wasn't that hard, actually. Saxena explained that the faces behind the masks were animal lovers who worked to keep the pets calm for the photos, while someone even bribed some of the animals with peanut butter.
Even if you don't have space in your home for a new pet, there are still things you can do to help. As Saxena tells Upworthy, "we want people to be aware of the great work being done at their local animal shelters and to support their local shelters by adopting, donating or volunteering."
Because again, not to be a downer, but according to the ASPCA, only about 60 percent of dogs that enter the shelter system find homes or are returned to their owners. And for cats, it's more like 40 percent.