On Nov. 12, actor Scott Foley joined forces with Swiffer in New York City to launch Swiffer’s “Welcome Home” child’s first pet campaign. The goal of the campaign is to spread the word that cleaning concerns should never be an obstacle to adopting a child’s first pet this holiday season. To celebrate the launch, Swiffer and Bark & Co., the makers of BarkBox, announced that they will be giving away ten thousand Welcome Home Kits to shelters nationwide. Scott Foley is a father of two and an animal activist. His family adopted a dog that they love very much. Foley is probably best known for starring on the ABC hit “Scandal” with Kerry Washington. He spoke with atombash.com at the event about why this campaign is important to him, shared his advice for those considering adopting pets and also discussed “Scandal.” Read on to learn how his character has changed this season and why he loves playing Jake.
“I have been an animal advocate for a while now. I’m a father and a pet owner. I think it’s important to have pets in your life and there are some great things pets do for your kids. And when I was contacted by Swiffer and Bark & Co., I wasn’t sure about it. Then they showed me the information and the fact that there are all these parents that want to adopt dogs but don’t because they’re worried about pet hair. I get it, my kids exhaust me and I’m always cleaning up after them and having to clean up after a dog might be a deterrent for some people. In that case, if it is, when they are thinking about adopting a dog maybe if they know that they’ll get free Swiffer products and one of these boxes, it’ll help them adopt a pet and save an animal. I think it’s a great thing,” Scott said.
He continued, “Animals are so important in your lives they give you companionship and responsibility. There’s a reason why they take animals into old folk homes and sick children hospitals. Animals make you feel better. Yes they can be dirty, but just clean it up. There’s all these animals that need a home. Just go adopt one. They’re giving them away for free! My main goal is to get more of these animals adopted. They’re thousands of animals in shelters all over the country that need a good home, a forever home and a place to live and a family to call their own and if we can help people get over whatever hurdles they have to adopt a dog, I’m all for it.”
On playing Jake he reflected, “I love the character. The great thing about Shonda and what she does for all of her characters is no one is all good or all bad. That’s what I love about Jake. I think that my favorite thing is that he believes he’s doing the right thing even when he’s doing something seemingly horrific … He believes he’s doing it for the good of the republic and that’s what I like about him.”
On his character’s evolution, he said, “There’s a huge difference this season. It looks like she chose Fitz. That’s a big deal for once that Jake’s not on this push pull ride of will she like me, won’t she like me, what do I have to do. He’s no longer pining for her love, he said you should go to him and then last week he said ‘this is everything that is wrong with you.’ … I think a lot of people were feeling that way and I think it was a great thing for him to say and that’s been the best change this season is watching Jake stand up for himself. “