The stars of the Disney Channel’s instant-hit movie Descendants brought thrills, laughs, and the important lesson of acceptance and friendship to the screen. Now, before the sequel airs tonight, check out the rad things that the compassionate cast of Descendants 2 has done for animals.

1. Booboo Stewart

Booboo—who plays Jay, Jafar’s son and the ultimate “tourney” player—has a huge heart for animals. He doesn’t hesitate to stick up for elephants’ rights and urges others to #AdoptDontShop. The actor and his amazing rescued pooch, Pookie, dropped in to chat about animal homelessness. He explained that you should never buy an animal from a pet store or breeder because millions of homeless animals are in need of loving homes and because breeders keep their dogs in terrible, cramped conditions. Instead, he encourages you to adopt an animal from your local shelter.

2. China Anne McClain

China may play Ursula’s villainous daughter in Descendants 2, but she’s super-sweet IRL. She and her adorable rescued pup, Cujo, teamed up with peta2 to prove that spending time with your beloved animal companion is never overrated. This mega-talented singer and actor urged people interested in adopting animals to show their best friends serious TLC and get them spayed or neutered.

3. Mitchell Hope

Perfect day to sit down in alleyway with my dog @stano_murin_photography cheers for the rockin camera skills!! #Harvey

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Mitchell plays Ben, a noble king who rules the United States of Auradon with fairness and grace, and he’s just as sweet toward animals. He came across a dog in need of help and protected the animal from danger.

This guy has a heart of gold, and we adore him for it.

Special Shout-Out: Sarah Jeffery

Can't wait to share something I just shot… so grateful to work on something so close to my heart ?

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We won’t catch Sarah’s character, Princess Audrey, in Descendants 2, but we had to give props to the actor for all she does for animals. In addition to making the compassionate choice to be vegan, she’s vocal about animal rights issues like banning animal testing and protecting your animal companions. Simply put, she’s our hero.


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