Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gets a Rescue Dog – in New Movie

09/26/2011 AT 04:45 PM EDT

In the new movie 50/50, actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan put a funny spin on cancer – with help from a furry friend.

Gordon-Levitt, who plays a man suffering from a rare form of cancer, seems less than thrilled when his on-screen girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) gives him a retired racing dog named Skeletor to help with the healing process.

"What, does he have a medical license?" he says, staring blankly at the doe-eyed pooch who looks like he just wants a hug.

When Howard's character informs him that the dog will be sent back to a shelter with other dogs who will bully him "until he's eventually euthanized," Gordon-Levitt quickly finds the compassion to keep him.

Click above to see a clip of the funny adoption moment.

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