Chris Evans' Story of Adopting His Rescue Dog Dodger From the Pound Could Not Be Sweeter

"I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn't belong there," Evans says of his adopted dog Dodger. "I snagged him."

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In case you need another reason to appreciate Chris Evans, a man who visits children’s hospitals, sometimes in costume, and says very sweet things about his ex Jenny Slate, allow him to make you “aww” with the story of how he adopted his dog, Dodger, during filming of his new movie Gifted.

“One of the last scenes we were filming was in a pound, a kennel,” Evans tells PEOPLE. “I foolishly walked in and I thought, ‘Are these actor dogs or are these real up for adoption dogs?’ And sure enough they were, so I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn’t belong there. I snagged him and he’s such a good dog. They aged him at about one, he acts like a puppy, he’s got the energy of a puppy, he’s just such a sweetheart, he’s such a good boy. He loves dogs, he loves kids, he’s full of love.”

The Captain America star is a self-proclaimed “dog lunatic” and says he and Dodger play, exercise and sleep together.

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“Playing with him is exercise, he’s exhausting,” laughs Evans. “He’s up for anything. God dogs, they’re such great animals. I really can’t say enough about dogs, I’m a dog lunatic. He sleeps on my pillow, you wake up face-to-face.”

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Evans is also vigilant about Dodger’s doggy hygiene.

“I keep a very clean dog, I’m a big dog bather, twice a week,” he says. “We get dirty! We run around, he’s in the mud a lot, so yeah, I think it’s nice having a fresh clean dog.”

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