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Zac Efron's New Rescue Dog Was Saved from Euthanasia in the Nick of Time

Pit bull MACA is living in a Hollywood dream pad — but her life could have been very different.

For at least one four-legged creature, Zac Efron is a hero. The actor recently adopted a rescue dog, whom he named MACA. (No word on why her name is all caps, but we do what Efron's Instagram captions tell us to do!) Thankfully, the pit bull is now living in her new dad's luxurious Hollywood home — but life could have been quite different for the pup. 

The High School Musical actor fell in love with the dog (previously named Tilly) when he spotted her at Los Angeles' humane pet shop, Bark n' Bitches. The shop posted an image of Zac cuddling with his new friend, and shared the dramatic backstory behind the adoption.

"Tilly now MACA was being led to the kill room when we stepped in and said we would take her. She was turned around and brought to us! This guy named Zac Efron came in (we hear he is an actor, but we think he actually waits tables) came in and fell in love. He went through our application process and fostered MACA and just could not give her back," the shop owners wrote.

Already a proud dad, Efron shared the same photo on his Instagram feed, writing: "Hey planet, this is MACA," before imploring fans: "adopt don't shop."

Take a look at this sweetie pie, and you'll understand why: 

Hey planet 🌎, this is MACA. #adoptdontshop

A post shared by Zac Efron (@zacefron) on

Over on Twitter, the actor also showed off his adorable new companion. And if you've ever wondered whether celebrities are too cool to coo: who's a good girl ... well, here's your answer!

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