Written by Jeff Mackey
(Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) clinics and Community Animal Project
(CAP) are on the job year-round to help animals in need in Virginia and North
Carolina—and in 2011, they succeeded again and again in improving the lives of
animals and the people who care about them.
SNIP's fleet of mobile spay-and-neuter clinics has "fixed"
nearly 80,000 cats and dogs over the past decade—10,564 of them in 2011 alone!
In the past year, PETA also helped thousands of guardians keep their animal
companions by offering counseling tips, information about animal-friendly
housing, and assistance with offering humane care.
Today, we'd like you to meet just a few of the animals whose
lives were big-time brightened—and even saved—by CAP and SNIP this past year:
Moose's coat was severely matted, a painful and dangerous
condition that can lead to sores and maggot infestations. Moose's family didn't
realize how serious matting was and couldn't afford to have the little guy
groomed. PETA's fieldworkers spruced him up!
Bailey was suffering from a large mammary tumor that was
affecting her ability to walk. PETA's veterinarian successfully removed the
tumor, and Bailey was spayed at the same time.
Unlike many pit bulls PETA's fieldworkers meet, Prue lives
indoors, but she had already had one litter of unwanted pups. PETA helped prevent
more pit bulls from being born by spaying this sweet girl. No more pups for
Bentley's guardian lives in a very rural area. The closest
vet clinic is almost an hour's drive from her house, and she didn't have the
$200 that the vet charges for neutering dogs, so PETA took care of Bentley's
sterilization, transporting him to and from surgery.
Brownie's guardian is a young single mom with two children.
PETA spayed Brownie—who, like Prue, had already had one litter—and provided the
family with a leash to walk Brownie (which they now do daily), toys, treats,
and a sturdy handmade doghouse, along with warm, dry straw.
Biscuit's guardian took this kitten in as a stray and
desperately wanted to keep him but couldn't afford to have him fixed at a vet
clinic. If it weren't for PETA, who transported Biscuit to and from his neuter
appointment, Biscuit's guardian would have had to surrender him to the local animal
join PETA in calling on elected
officials to pass mandatory spay-and-neuter laws in your state, county, and town.
Please also help make sure animals continue to get the help that
they so desperately need by making
to help keep SNIP's mobile clinics going strong, sponsoring a doghouse
(or two) to be built and delivered by CAP, and being ready to help neglected animals in your
Companion-animal neglect and homelessness is a preventable tragedy. By working
together, we can end it!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
When a police officer asks you to
do something, it’s generally a good idea to comply. And when a police officer
asks you to help animals, well that’s a no-brainer! The Virginia Beach Police
Department was routinely fielding calls in certain low-income neighborhoods
about animals getting sick because they weren’t vaccinated or shivering outdoors
with little to no shelter from the elements. The police asked PETA and the
Virginia Beach SPCA if we could all work together one weekend and help. Did we
PETA rolled out our new mobile
altered nearly 30 dogs and cats. We also handed out bundle after bundle of
straw bedding for outdoor dogs, so that they could at least have a warm place
to lie down, and signed their families up for our free doghouse delivery program. The VBSPCA
offered free rabies and distemper shots for animals who had already been spayed
and neutered, administering a whopping 250 vaccinations.
Aside from the danger of some
animals being arrested for excessive cuteness, the day was a huge success. Said
PETA vice president Daphna Nachminovitch, “We'd like
to see this example of teamwork to help stop animal suffering emulated in
cities across the country."
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
Written by PETA
What do dogs forced to live outside
in all weather extremes long for? Being inside with their human "pack,"
of course. But when they are denied that basic opportunity, a sturdy doghouse
stuffed with straw to help keep out the freezing winter weather can make a huge
difference in these dogs' tiny backyard
a pit bull who recently received a PETA doghouse to replace the plastic barrel
that had been his poor excuse for shelter (imagine it filled with rainwater and
the cold wind blowing night after night all miserable winter long), was delighted with his new digs.
In addition to aiding
sick, injured, and abused
around the clock, PETA's Community
Animal Project (CAP)
delivers houses to dogs like Tonka in the area surrounding PETA's headquarters—southeast
Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. CAP staffers check in regularly with the
dogs to make sure that they have adequate food and clean water and talk with
their owners about proper care. They also routinely deliver toys, treats, and,
of course, love and affection to these neglected animals. Many doghouse
recipients are also clients of PETA's mobile spay-and-neuter
clinics and, therefore, will not be contributing to the homeless animal crisis.
Never pass by a "backyard dog"
who doesn't have adequate shelter: Contact local animal-control officials
immediately. Click here to make a donation to support the doghouse program and CAP's
vital work to bring relief to neglected and abused animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
When natural disasters strike around the globe, rescuers from PETA and its international affiliates travel straight into the hardest-hit areas to rescue animals who have been displaced, abandoned, or lost. We recently caught up with three dogs who had happy endings thanks to those brave souls.
Sporty's elderly guardian tried everything he could to stay with his dog during Hurricane Katrina, including swimming for two blocks with Sporty in his arms, but he was eventually forced to evacuate and leave his dog behind. PETA rescued the little poodle, and three months later, Sporty and his guardian were reunited. The guardian, who lost nearly everything in the hurricane, still sends us updates on Sporty, and PETA continues to pay for the dog's vet care, including a recent tooth extraction.
Licorice's mom was at the bedside of a hospitalized relative when Hurricane Katrina hit and rescue workers wouldn't let the panic-stricken guardian retrieve Licorice from her home. PETA fostered Licorice for several months and provided her with vet care until we could locate her guardian. Grateful to have Licorice back, she tells us that the poodle is enjoying the high life, going for rides with her family and getting her "mani-pedis."
Brophie somehow outsmarted Hurricane Irene, and after the worst was over, he had the good sense to walk into a Norfolk fire station and lay down on the floor. He was weak, emaciated, and suffering from a flea allergy so severe that he was severely anemic and had lost much of his fur. The fire department staff treated him like royalty during the hurricane and then called PETA for help. A PETA Foundation staffer fell hard for the sweet southern gentleman, and he now enjoys five walks a day, romps on the beach, and plenty of square meals. His ribs are no longer showing, and his fur is growing back. He even went back to pay a visit to his pals at the fire station recently.
PETA relies on donations to our Animal Emergency Fund to make rescues like these possible. With the holiday season coming up, consider giving someone on your list the gift of saving an animal's life by making a donation in your loved one's name.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
© Kaitlin Bledsoe
The hotel Fairmont Pittsburgh has one very popular employee—a sweet mixed-breed dog named Edie. Edie is the hotel's "canine ambassador," greeting guests and providing comfort for those missing their own animal companions, and she does a wonderful job—people make appointments to get time with the lovable, jolly dog. Her plush bed and chef-prepared treats are a far cry from Edie's beginnings. She was found wandering the streets, homeless and starving, her broken tail a silent testimony to a painful past. Edie was taken to a local animal shelter where her irrepressibly joyful demeanor instantly attracted the attention of the director of an organization that teaches dogs "job" skills. Just a little more than a year later, the sweet dog with the crooked tail whom no one wanted is beloved by travelers from around the world. When she's not on the job, Edie relaxes at home with her guardian, who also works at the hotel.Every day, PETA's Community Animal Project (CAP) rescues dogs like Edie from life on the streets. To help us give more dogs a happy ending, please consider a donation to CAP. And if your home is ready for its own canine ambassador, visit your local shelter to meet the many "Edies" ready for adoption. Written by Michelle Sherrow
The first four years of Oliver's life
consisted of little more than a small patch of dirt, a metal barrel, and a heavy chain.
This sweet mixed-breed's owner gave him food and water in dirty, rusty metal
bowls—and little else. Day after day, he waited for the kind word or gentle pat
that never came.
Desperate to help the dog, a frequent passerby
made numerous calls to animal control and the local humane society but to no
avail. Faced with the onset of another harsh Midwestern winter, the man then called
PETA for help.
It took some persuasion, but we convinced
the neglectful owner
to surrender Oliver. A PETA member in the area offered to foster him until we
found an adopter, but it soon became clear to the foster "mom" that Oliver
was right where he belonged.
Now the lovable dog sleeps in bed with
his doting guardian every night. Free from the chain, he has discovered the joy
of running and makes his guardian laugh while he gleefully zips around 2 acres
of land under her watchful eye.
Oliver's story would not have had a
happy ending without the persistence of his rescuer. If you know of a chained
dog in your area, please
may be the dog's only hope.
by Michelle Sherrow
After Hurricane Irene
blew out of Hampton
where PETA is headquartered, we described some of the animals PETA rescued during the
One frightened dog, Nikita, was found alone in a pen, where he had only one sheet
of plywood as "shelter."
Since then, Nikita has thrived with his foster family, who
tell us that he loves to run and play, gets along well with other dogs and with
children, adores having his tummy and ears rubbed,
allowed, "will lick you to death until you yell 'Uncle!'" They
quickly correct themselves, saying, "No wait, even then he'll continue
an extra-special lifetime home, so PETA is looking for just the right family to
adopt him. Nikita is about 1 year old, and he has been neutered, vaccinated,
and microchipped, courtesy of PETA's mobile clinic.
If you live within driving distance of Norfolk, Virginia,
and are prepared to give Nikita the love, care, and attention he needs, please contact us at email@example.com.
everyone who has requested news of the poor dog we showed you in "A Helluva Night for Animals"—the
who wandered into a firehouse early on Sunday morning after Hurricane Irene hit
Norfolk—well, Mr. Jones is adapting nicely, thank you! Here he is on a cushy bed in
PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch's office, chilling between meals and snacks and pats and
walks in PETA's Bea Arthur Dog Park. We have located his former guardian and
had a real chin-wag with him. Mr.
Jones will be re-homed elsewhere, and we already have a prospect. Also headed
for a new home is this angel, whom you will recognize from "A Helluva Night for Animals." Nikita's "guardian"
had an excuse as to why he was left in a pen alone with basically nothing to
protect him from the elements (and boy, were there
elements!) for three days but has signed him over for adoption too. Nikita
will be neutered on our mobile clinic tomorrow!
more storm story that you might wish to hear about: Our neighbors and friends at
Newport News Animal Services called us for assistance, and although the tunnel from
Norfolk to Newport News was closed because of the storm, we had a fieldworker,
Misty Collins, on their side of the peninsula who went out to help. In one
yard, there were 12 dogs and puppies simply left behind during the hurricane.
The area is a flood zone, and the tide was rising quickly. Some were tied up; some
were running loose. We got everyone except five puppies who were so terrified
that they fled under a deck. Because of the danger, the police determined that we
had to leave the area immediately. Misty begged for five more minutes to try to
get the puppies. The crawl space was so small that she couldn't reach them, so
she quickly flung open the garage door and left the gate wide open so that the
pups had an escape route, then all humans were ordered out. First thing in the
morning, when the storm had passed and the water had receded sufficiently, Misty
drove to the house again. All five pups were safe and dry. Animal control picked
them up and cruelty-to-animals charges are now pending.
all those dogs now called "Katrina"? Well, there's a new
storm in town. Or, now, out of town―thank goodness.
Written by Ingrid
people ventured out after the hurricane, they started to find vulnerable
animals who had fallen from trees or hunkered down to hide when the hurricane
hit. Full-time animal-rescue work continues, even as the heavy metal
canisters that floated into our parking lot while our street was masquerading
as a river were taken away by men on forklifts and volunteers worked alongside
our Operations crew to clear up all the fiberglass, plaster board, metal pipes,
and whatever else had been blown out from the underside of our building, leaving
it all exposed. We worked, too, to get our Bea Arthur dog park cleaned up for
canine visitors, but our beautiful, solid (well, it used to be solid!) dog deck
buckled and was uprooted and shredded—and, unfortunately, it’s too pricy to
replace. But here's Mr. Jones, the dog who wandered into a fire department at the
tail end of the storm, all decked out in his new harness, inspecting the dog
park before going back to the vet. Thank you to everyone who has been asking
about these dogs―being so old and confused, Mr. Jones touched a lot of hearts.
All day Sunday, the emergency pager went off. At
the crack of dawn, we took in a dying kitten who had been picked up by a kind
ambulance crew; then came two wild bunny babies suffering from exposure and
starvation, followed by calls for help with baby squirrels, most of them found
on the ground and badly injured. Seeing those tree branches shake and twist
most of Saturday and into the night, it was clear that the local squirrel nation
was going to suffer some major casualties. We picked baby squirrels up out of
puddles left by the massive pounding of rain, many of them drowned, some on
their way out of this life. I will spare you the sad pictures. There were
some bright spots, as there always are in search and rescue: Here are two photos.
In the first one, these
three very cold, hungry, wet baby squirrels were found hidden inside the hollow
trunk of a tree by a man who had begun cutting it up because it had fallen onto
his house. It had obviously been
their home, but it had come crashing to the earth in the storm (our soil is
quite sandy and roots are often shallow). A long wait and watch ensued but
no mother was found, so the squirrel babies are now being fed by bottle. PETA
spay/neuter clinic fleet manager Cindy Emmanuel is still without power, but that
didn't stop her from feeding baby squirrels who were found in a wildly swaying
hanging plant squirrel formula all weekend, then getting the basket hung back
up again. Fortunately, their mother came racing back to them!
other photograph is of Victor, who came to us from El Salvador 25 years ago
this month and hasn't stopped working since. He thought cleaning up the debris that
fell off our building would be a good way to celebrate his anniversary—what a great
guy! You can help too. Please consider making a donation that will help with our rescue efforts after Hurricane Irene and beyond.
Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk
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