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Does James Gunn Have Any Pets?

James Gunn has three rescue dogs and one rescue cat.

Dr Wesley Von Spears (Dog)

Breed: Mixed

Dr Von Spears was the inspiration for James Gunn’s Gaurdians of the Galaxy‘s character Groot. Following a doggy DNA test, Gunn found out that his dog is an extreme mutt, showing lineage from a Siberian husky, a cocker spaniel, and a greyhound.

Emily Monster (Cat)

Adopted 2012

Formerly feral, Emily is James Gunn’s rescued cat that he adopted in 2012.

Over seven years ago I thought I heard a baby crying in the bushes outside my house. It ended up it was an eight-month-old stray cat kitten. I pet her a bit – she was friendly for a stray – and I gave her a can of tuna. My parents came to visit and said, “I think there’s a crying baby outside.” I said, “No that’s just a cat who sounds like a crying baby.” For a couple more days I fed her and pet her. I started calling her “Emily”, because that just seemed like her name and, when you’re naming a stray animal you never expect to see again, the pressure to come up with an inventive name is almost nil. As the days went by, I hoped to see “Missing Cat” notices on the local telephone poles, but no go. This kitten was one of L.A.’s many unloved, unclaimed cats, whether feral or abandoned or a runaway from a bad situation. So, with the help of a neighbor, I corralled her into a dog crate and took her into the house. She darted under the couch and stayed there for two days before coming out. My plan was to foster her out. As you can see in this photo today, HER plan was a bit different. She still cries like a human baby; it’s not necessarily a sign of distress, just her weird way of saying hi. She’s a complete pain-in-the-ass, but I’ve never once regretted taking her in. Happy #Caturday, everyone, from me and #emilymonster. #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #adoptdontshop

@JamesGunn, Instagram, August 2019

Lola (Dog)

Breed: Puggle

James Gunn has a Puggle named Lola.

Ava Bear (Dog)

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier

Mikaela Mehrizi Hoover has a Yorkshire Terrier named Ava Bear. Good friend and director James Gunn often doggy sits Ava Bear and calls her his “Goddaughter”.

Ozu (Dog)


James Gunn has a rescue dog named Ozu that he adopted in May 2022.

Meet Ozu, the newest member of our family. Ozu was two hours away from being put down at a kill-shelter when @WagmorPets saved him & about 30 of his brethren. He was living outside with little to no human contact.

@JamesGunn, Twitter, May 31

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James Gunn Pets


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James Gunn is a director, writer, and producer. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and has worked on a number of films and television shows over the years. His directorial debut came in 2006 when he wrote and directed the horror-comedy film “Slither.” Since then, he has gone on to work on a number of notable projects including the superhero film “Super (2010),” and “Guardians of the Galaxy(2014)” and its sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).”

Gunn’s directed the 2014 the Marvel superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The movie was a huge success and went on to earn over $770 million at the worldwide box office. The film was praised for its unique blend of humor, action, and heart, and Gunn went on to direct the sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The films starred Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot.

He has also worked with Elizabeth Banks on the horror-comedy film “Slither,” and Nathan Fillion on both “Slither” and “Super.” He wrote and directed the superhero comedy film “Super” in 2010, which starred Rainn Wilson, Elliot Page, and Liv Tyler. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” and has worked on a number of TV shows, including “The Office,” “Angel,” and “Lollilove.” In addition to his work in film and television, Gunn has also written several novels and comic books.

In addition to his work in Hollywood, Gunn is also an advocate for animal welfare. Gunn has also been vocal about his love for his own pets, frequently posting photos and videos of them on social media. In 2021, he even shared that he was able to adopt a dog while filming “The Suicide Squad” in Panama, and he urged his fans to consider adopting pets from shelters.