Every time I see a photo of Kellan Lutz and his rescued dog Kola, it just melts me, and I’m sure that it has the same effect on most of you too. Seeing a hot guy doting on his adorable dog is like catnip.

Kellan Lutz and Kola for peta2 Well, it just so happens that the hunky Twilight saga star is so passionate about helping homeless animals that he and Kola are starring in an “Adopt, Don’t Buy” ad for peta2. Look at the cuteness!

Each year, more than 7 million dogs and cats are turned over to U.S. animal shelters that are already crowded with wonderful, healthy animals, and nearly half of them will be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes. Think of it this way: For each adorable puppy or kitten purchased from a breeder or pet shop, an equally adorable animal at a shelter loses his or her chance at finding a home and is euthanized.

Conditions for animals in puppy mills, from which pet shops often get the animals they sell, are deplorable. They live in cramped, filthy cages, are denied proper veterinary care, and often go insane from confinement.

Says Kellan, “[I]t’s our job to … take [animals] under our wing and take care of them and give them a place to live.” “Team Kellan” all the way!

Watch as Kellan talks about meeting Kola at the animal shelter (have tissues handy) and how he feels about fur, and listen to his special message to Twilighters.

See what I mean? Oh, Kellan. Please join Kellan, and take a stand for homeless animals today. Click the link below and pledge always to adopt and never to buy animals from pet shops or breeders and always to spay or neuter your companion animals.