‘Riverdale’ Star Calls His Rescue Dog A ‘Match Made In Heaven’

For many people, quarantine has offered up an opportunity to
welcome a new family member into their homes. Animal foster and
adoption rates have increased since the pandemic began in early
2020. With more time to spend at home, people can devote all that
to caring for and snuggling with their new pets.

Even Riverdale�heartthrob Charles Melton rescued a pup at the
start of quarantine. He’s now completely head over heels in love
with his “daughter†Neya the Huskie. Melton plays ‘Reggie’
on the CW’s Riverdale when he’s not making fans swoon with his
dog-filled Instagrams.

Neya was being fostered through Hollywood Huskies when Melton
met her.
He told E!
they fell in love instantly.

“She was sheltered in three different homes before I met her
before the age of 12 weeks. When I met her, it was a match made in
heaven. It’s just been pretty spectacular creating a bond with
Neya…She’s been such a great companion. I call her my


For the past few months, the two have been traveling, hiking,
and exploring together. They also enjoy staying in bed too long
(who doesn’t nowadays?)


Since Melton and Neya have been spending so much time together,
he feels like they’re becoming one.

“She sleeps anywhere and everywhere so that encourages me to
take naps throughout the day. Did she learn this from me or did I
learn this from her? We are becoming one person.â€

Neya is still a growing girl, and she’s a handful now but
Melton loves being challenged by her.

“She’s 8 months right now, kind of like a teenager, so
she’s challenging me. But she’s so sweet.â€

A Lifelong Dog Lover

Melton grew up with a Jack Russell terrier, so it makes sense
he’d want another dog in his life. This time though, his pup is
less of a brother and more of a daughter.

“I grew up with a dog. Our family dog was more so my brother
than my first pet.â€


Even though we now know of him as a successful actor, Melton had
to start somewhere. For him, that was walking dogs in Los Angeles.
He absolutely loved it, and of course, was a dedicated walker.

He shared with Cosmopolitan

“I would write super-detailed reviews about these dogs as if
they were human beings. I loved getting to know their
personalities. Walking dogs, in a way, saved me back then.â€


I have no doubt he’s an amazing dog parent to Neya now.

Raising Awareness For Shelter Dogs

In addition to rescuing Neya, Melton is committed to helping
other shelter dogs. The actor
partnered with Purina One
 to help get more rescue animals like
Neya healthy so they can get out of shelters and into homes.

“A lot of people don’t know that there are over six million
pets that are in shelter homes. Purina ONE works with shelter homes
across the country providing healthy nutritional needs and food for
dogs and cats.â€

Melton and Neya found true love, and they’re just one example
of how rescuing changes lives.

Featured Image: @melton/Instagram

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