Chris Evans and His Dog Dodger

One of Hollywood’s best buddy stories
By Karen B. London PhD, April 2018, Updated June 2021
Chris Evans and his dog Dodger

Chris Evans and his dog Dodger

In a real-life “cute meet”, Chris Evans found his rescue pup Dodger while filming the movie Gifted. One of the last scenes they shot took place at a shelter and Evans didn’t realize at first that the dogs weren’t working dogs hired for the scene, but were actually up for adoption. It was love at first sight for Evans, who was so sure that Dodger was destined to be his that he filmed their meeting.

That was years ago, and since then, Evans has regularly posted pictures and videos of Dodger being unbelievably adorable and of the two of them sharing happy times. Including one of Dodger singing along with a musical lion and one is with Dodger and Chris being reunited after weeks apart while Chris worked on a movie. Of course, Dodger greeted Chris by giving him loads of kisses and licks all over his face. Dodger was clearly excited his person was back home!


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His love for dogs goes way back, his first dog East, was a Bulldog who passed in 2013 at 12 years of age. He recently shared an old photo of the two snuggling in remembrance of his best pal for National Pet Day. In 2015, Evans adopted Dodger, described as a mutt, his current BFF.

When Evans was recently asked about getting through current events and how he’s handling it he said, “I spend most of my time in the garden with my dog, or in the kitchen. My dog is clearly the big winner here. I’m trying to keep some routine in my day. I am someone who prefers to be at home, so I do not feel the urge to go outside every day. The vast majority of my free time now goes to reading books and to Dodger.”

He added in some some excellent advice about the current state of affairs. Here’s what he said:

You know what my advice would be? Adopt a dog! Everyone should go out and get a dog. If you don't have a dog in your life, especially during this time, you're missing out.

Much like other celebrity pet enthusiasts, like Viggo Mortensen and John Oliver, Chris Evans is more than a fine actor. Beyond being Captain America, Evans also a huge proponent of rescue dogs and adopting from shelters, saying, “Rescue dogs are the best dogs!”

Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral issues, including aggression. Karen writes the animal column for the Arizona Daily Sun and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of six books about canine training and behavior, including her most recent, Treat Everyone Like a Dog: How a Dog Trainer’s World View Can Improve Your Life