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Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood was in Chile this week to help rescue pets abandoned after February’s devastating earthquake.

The actor is helping the Yarur Bascunan Foundation in their work rescuing strays – over 200,000 homeless dogs are estimated to roam the streets of the country’s capital alone.

“I’m interested in getting involved, because I love animals,” said the actor. “I have three dogs, and grew up with dogs and cats. I like the initiative. As a human being, I am interested in the welfare of animals and people. There are many dogs in the streets that are without protection. This is the first foundation I have participated in.”

Elijah also visited areas damaged by the earthquake with Chile’s first lady, Cecilia Morel.

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