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Hilary Duff Adopts Puppy No One Else Wanted Because He Looks Different

His name is Momo and he was the tiniest in his litter 💗

Mojito and his siblings were born after their mom accidentally got out of her yard and got pregnant. When the dog’s parents discovered that she’d had puppies, they immediately decided they didn’t want them.

After finding the puppies, the family quickly surrendered them to Love Leo Rescue in Los Angeles. The sweet little puppies are half pug, half Chihuahua — affectionately nicknamed “chugs” — and the rescue named them Mojito, Mimosa, Daiquiri and Piña Colada.


“We offered to spay the mom for free, but sadly they declined our offer,” Sasha Rose, president of Love Leo Rescue, told The Dodo. “We run a free spay and neuter clinic for low-income residents and cannot emphasize enough how important it is to spay and neuter your pets.”

On top of being from an unwanted litter, Mojito and two of his sisters have black coats, which often makes it harder for a dog to get adopted. Dogs with darker colored coats don’t always photograph well or come off as outwardly expressive as dogs with lighter coats, making it harder for potential adopters to see their awesome personalities shine through.

“Mojito is the only male from the litter, and he is also the runt,” Rose said. “He is much smaller than his siblings, with shorter legs and a more pug-like face. He is the most affectionate of the crew though, and loves nothing better than snuggling in your lap.”


Mojito and his siblings were with the rescue for about a month — before the most unexpected person stepped up to adopt the little runt of the litter.

Actress Hilary Duff announced that she’d adopted Mojito, now called Momo, on Instagram on Tuesday, and she could not be more excited to welcome her new puppy home. Duff is an avid animal lover, and has a few other dogs in her home as well.

Meet Momo ❤️ @loveleorescue thank you for this sweet addition ❤️💔❤️💔 #rescuepup #chug

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“Another win for black dogs everywhere,” Love Leo Rescue wrote on its Facebook page. “Mojito has found his forever home ... happy in the arms of Hilary Duff. This little chug went from ‘unwanted’ to the best life ever. Thank you Hilary Duff for spreading the adopt don’t shop message and welcoming Mojito into your family.”

Not only is Mojito now extremely wanted, he’s a celebrity puppy, and will be adored by millions of people every day on his new mom’s Instagram account. He’s found the perfect home, and will never have to worry about not being wanted ever again.

If you’d like to adopt one of Mojito’s siblings still waiting for homes, you can contact Love Leo Rescue for more information.