Written by Jeff Mackey
PETA first learned about Boomer when his owner was seeking a
new doghouse for the 4-year-old Rottweiler, who was left outside 24/7 in the
Pacific Northwest. A PETA cruelty caseworker urged her to allow Boomer to live indoors
or else give him up so that he could have a chance to be adopted by someone who
would. When she balked at doing either, the caseworker worked with a local
animal advocate to try to persuade her to act in Boomer's best interests.
Happily, Boomer's owner eventually opted to give him up so that
he wouldn't have to spend the whole winter shivering outside all alone. Now the
personable pup is in a foster home, and his foster mom is so smitten with him that
she says if she can't find the "perfect, perfect home" for him, she
will just keep him herself.
It's the best possible outcome for a dog or cat—a bright
future filled with care and affection instead of cold and loneliness.
What You Can Do
Please help dogs like Boomer by working to pass anti-chaining legislation in your community, and if you know of any animals left outside all the time,
don't assume that the owners won't listen to you—speak up and try to make a
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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