Written by Michelle Kretzer
December, a little white dog got his Christmas wish when he was adopted from an
animal shelter by a loving family that
named him, appropriately, Santa Paws. But this year, Christmas nearly took a
tragic turn for the plucky pup.
day when Santa Paws was in his yard, he was attacked by another dog and
suffered a deep puncture wound to his neck. The wound became infected and required
surgery, but the distraught family knew there was no way that they could afford
to pay the entire bill.
desperation, they posted a plea on Craigslist begging for help with Santa Paws'
vet bills. A quick-thinking PETA member alerted our Community Animal Project (CAP), which helps animals in
the area surrounding our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters. CAP helped pay for Santa
Paws' surgery, and he got back home for the holidays.
grateful family posted another Craigslist message—this
one thanking PETA for a "holiday miracle."
This holiday season, don't forget the many ways in which you can be a miracle for an animal in
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