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A-List Star Gets Tough on Dog Fighting After Fostering a Pit Bull

Fostering an animal can be one of life's greatest joys, because you are changing the life of an animal for the better and they could change your whole perspective as well.

That is what happened to this actor when he brought home a 2-year-old Pitbull, Ginger.

Many people have spoken out to protect dogs, like Ginger, from being the target of abuse.  

With the help of the ASPCA, they are urging people to help end the cruel practice of dog fighting.

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Patrick Stewart's dog fostering journey has been well documented on Twitter and Instagram, and how it has changed the life of the 76-year-old actor.

“I find that my relationship to the world and to the news every day in the papers and on the television has been changed by Ginger, because she has brought such a quality of patience and tolerance and fun into our lives, that it has, in a very short space of time, shifted my sense of where our world might be going,” Stewart told PEOPLE.

He and his partner Sunny Ozell are fostering Ginger through L.A.’s Wags and Walks, with help from the ASPCA.

This has caused the Star Trek and X-Men star to take up arms in the fight against animal abuse.

"No one should profit off animal cruelty and torture," he writes in a Tweet. "Join me and @ASPA to #GetTough on dog fighting."

As part of a campaign that kicked off on April 8, Stewart and the ASPCA are urging animal lovers across the country to #GetTough on this cruel practice by posting selfies with their pets.

Stewart admits that he also believed the negative stereotypes that claims pit bulls are violent and dangerous, until 5 years ago when he lived next door to a pit bull named Sadie in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

“I had a reaction to that, which I am now significantly ashamed of, because pit bulls to me meant only one thing: aggression, hostility, violence. I was uncomfortable with the idea of meeting this dog,” Stewart shared.

Unfortunately due to breed legislation in the U.K., the British actor would be unable to take Ginger home too England, so they are focusing their efforts on finding the perfect forever home for the pit bull.

Even though Ginger won't be able to stay in his family permanently, she has made an impact on Stewart's life. In addition to his work to end dog fighting, the actor is now moving to fight discriminatory breed legislation that is preventing him from taking Ginger abroad.  

“I am very happy to be part of the campaign that is speaking out against this and the urgent need for the law and organizations to intervene whenever they can," he said.

"Fostering #GingerGurl is one of the best things I've ever done," writes Stewart in a Tweet.

“I literally find myself more optimistic than I was, and there is only Ginger to account for this,” he continued. “It is the impact of sharing my life for only seven or eight days with Ginger.

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