Pup stars Jedward join adoption appeal
POP twins Jedward have made an appeal to find new homes for abandoned dogs.
With the country's animal shelters overrun with unwanted pets dumped after Christmas, the brothers have called on fans nationwide to adopt a dog.
"This is a national emergency. It's a commitment which we want kids and their parents to think through," the twins said as they posed with Chilly Willy, which is owned by their good friend Linda Martin.
"But if our fans can give a dog a good home right now, they will make a friend for life."
Photographed with the boys by website www.shootmydog,ie, the chihuahua starred as Linda's fairy-god dog in Jedward's Christmas panto 'Cinderella'.
Now the hound, who himself came from a dog rescue centre, could be about to hit the big time, starring in Jedward's new BBC TV Saturday morning show, which they begin filming in the UK later this week.
"We're talking to Chilly's agent to see what his schedule is like. We told the BBC he's had a lot of experience working with us so we need him on board for the new show," Jedward joked.
In the as yet untitled new kids' programme, the Grimes brothers John and Edward will compete against each other in a challenge each week.
A list of animal shelters and dog rescue centres around Ireland is available from website www.irishanimals.com