Hong Kong movie star Chow Yun-fat (inset) is appealing for new homes for puppies. Photos: Facebook / Lamma Animal Welfare Centre

Ten puppies on Hong Kong’s Lamma Island are being helped, in their bid to find new homes, by a famous Hong Kong movie star, Chow Yun-fat – who has appeared in Hollywood films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

Lamma Animal Welfare Centre posted on its Facebook page on Saturday that Chow, who grew up on the island, had offered to help appeal for prospective owners when he saw volunteers transporting the puppies. 

The group also encouraged followers to donate money to support its operations. The post about Chow has so far generated 7,700 likes on Facebook.

Dubbed Hong Kong’s unofficial Chief Executive due to his high popularity, Chow is a dog-lover. He told the Apple Daily newspaper he was worried that the dogs would be sent to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department if they could not find new homes.