Written by Michelle Kretzer
honor of "Adopt a Shelter Cat" Month, here are some of our favorite
cute cats and cool kittens:
Lil Bub knows that being the Web's
favorite cat is serious business. She uses her platform to encourage people to
spay and neuter, to say no to declawing, to adopt instead of buying, and to be
all-around awesome animal guardians.
literally walked right into Dancing With
the Stars judge Carrie
Ann Inaba's life—through her front
door as a stray. He quickly won her heart and then went after several hundred thousand
more with his PETA ad.
do you think about a cat who's a Morrissey fan? Obviously, he has
great taste in music, has a wry sense of humor, and is a big spay/neuter advocate!
Nix lived up to his name when he helped his favorite human, Tricia Helfer, nix the problem of cats being neglected by their guardians. And
clearly he did it with panache.
Willie won hearts and minds on
Twitter when he and his guardian, Nyjer Morgan, starred in an ad for
PETA. But before Slick Willie was famous, he was in an animal shelter looking
for a home like millions of other cats. So he used his platform to encourage
everyone always to adopt, never buy.
The Situation is used to being
surrounded by females, but even he realizes the importance of protection. These
frisky felines help show everyone why it's crucial to spay and neuter.
was pretty clear what rescued cat Toni thought of her costar, Torrey DeVitto, during the shooting of
her anti-dissection ad: "She's grrrrreat!" And Toni was great at
showing kids that they have a choice not to dissect any animal.
you are ready to share your home with a new cat, please take a cue from these
famous felines and adopt one
from your local animal shelter, spay or neuter him or her, and give your cat a lifetime of quality care and
Written by Alisa Mullins
a woman driving along a muddy rural Virginia road stopped at an intersection,
she spotted a soggy, disintegrating cardboard box sitting on the shoulder.
Curious, she got out to investigate. Imagine her surprise when she opened the
box and saw nine pairs of eyes staring back at her.
called animal control officers to report the abandoned kittens but was told
that they "don't handle cats," an appalling but not uncommon policy
among rural animal control agencies (and also among a growing number of "no-kill" facilities).
then called PETA to alert us to the kittens' plight, and one of our stellar volunteers
immediately rushed to the scene an hour and a half away. Miraculously, the
kittens had not escaped from the box and been hit by a car.
kittens are now safely ensconced at PETA's Sam Simon Center in Norfolk, Virginia, and stealing hearts right and left. They are about 6 weeks
old and, despite everything that they've been through, are friendly and playful
and appear to be in good health. They are mostly brown and gray tabbies and are
all 100 percent adorable.
on or near the East Coast and want to adopt one (or two)? Drop us a line at Adopt@peta.org. The $75 adoption fee includes
spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, testing for feline
immunodeficiency virus and feline
leukemia virus, and microchipping.
What You Can Do
you ever see a box or bag on the side of the road, stop! You never know what—or
who—may be inside. And of course, stop to
help any strays you see running alongside the road as well. Keep a rescue
kit—including a cardboard carrier, leash, towel, and treats—in your car for just
such an emergency.
always, always, always spay
and neuter your animal companions, and urge everyone you know to do
the same. Cat homelessness
is at crisis levels, so it is vital that all cats be spayed and neutered, even
kittens (females can come into heat at just 4 months old) and cats who never go
outside (they can slip out accidentally). If a friend can't afford the surgery
or has no car, offer to help with the cost and transportation. Cats need you—don't let them down!
a girl for Emma Roberts
and Evan Peters! After the couple adopted a beautiful dog named Audrey Hepburn, PETA sent the
trio a basket filled with toys, treats, and our "Always Root for the Underdog" tees.
http://dirtywhorelebrity.com/ | cc by 2.0
In other celeb news, Alicia Silverstone wants to see animal
abusers pay. So when she learned that no charges have been filed against the
operators of Global
Captive Breeders, LLC, even though authorities
seized more than 18,000 rats and 600 reptiles from deplorable conditions in the
facility, she swung into action—joining PETA pal
Jenna Dewan Tatum—and urging fans through her website and
Twitter accounts to add
their names to PETA's petition calling on the
Riverside County, California, district attorney to file felony cruelty charges
against the people who left animals to suffer without food, water, or
veterinary care; allowed their cages to flood; and slammed them against hard surfaces in attempts to
kill them. And considering Alicia's
staunch animal advocacy, this likely won't be the last that the D.A. hears from
other celebs joined Alicia this week and spread animal-friendly messages
throughout the Twitterverse:
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
a PETA staffer left her desk for a few minutes, she returned to find that the sweetest
case of theft ever had occurred. The
culprit was Franco, a 7-week-old puppy who is greatly increasing the office's
cuteness quotient while he awaits his forever home.
Franco was first surrendered to PETA, we feared that he might have parvovirus.
Thankfully, it turned out that his lethargy and anemia were caused by a severe
case of intestinal worms, and he is recovering nicely with treatment. And the
better he feels, the more his rambunctious personality comes out to play. He stumbles
around the office on his wobbly puppy legs, grabbing pant legs and skirt hems
and making a toy out of everything.
most puppies, Franco has tons of energy. When he wants attention, he will
readily let people know by following them around and "talking," and
he rewards everyone's affection with a thousand kisses.
He is searching for a family that will take him on long walks, give him plenty of playtime
and attention, and housetrain him gently. If your home is the
perfect place for Franco, please e-mail Adopt@peta.org.
Little Olivia was found in a warehouse district and brought to PETA by a distraught worker. She needed round-the-clock veterinary care to treat an infection that almost left her blind, anemia so severe that she was a candidate for a blood transfusion, and advanced malnutrition. Soon, Olivia slowly started to regain her strength. She had clearly been someone's companion since she was spayed and declawed, but she wound up wandering about by herself and no one knew why. PETA ran ads, but no one responded to them or to the "found animal" reports that we filed or to our fliers. Her background remains a mystery.
Despite everything that she had endured, Olivia still loved humans, especially the devoted PETA fieldworker who spent the night on the floor with her the first few nights of her sojourn with us. We wanted to make sure that her gentle spirit and seemingly endless desire for affection would never be taken for granted again. Even though we placed Olivia's picture and an appeal to adopt her on the front page of PETA's website, alerted our members and supporters through Facebook, and put fliers around town, we didn't find a suitable adopter. Luckily, a PETA staffer who had taken her in to foster
decided that the precious cat should stay. She loves her feline brother, Clyde, who is also a PETA rescue.
Although some people can pay top dollar for a Yorkshire terrier, that doesn't always mean that the little dog will have a great home. And poor Benny certainly didn't. PETA found him dodging traffic on a dangerous street and took him to our headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. He had a collar but no tags or microchip, and again, although we filed reports and posted fliers and ads, no one bothered to claim him.
Even though Yorkies are popular, Benny had been through enough, and not just anyone who wanted a cute tiny dog would make a suitable adopter. It took a lot of looking for a home, but thanks to a local vet clinic, PETA found a retired couple who had just had to euthanize one of their two Yorkies because of old age and failing health. When we visited with the family at their home, they fit Benny to a T, and Benny is now helping the other dog stop grieving.
It isn't easy to find decent, lasting homes for animals—not just homes where they will be sheltered, fed, walked, and sometimes petted but homes where animals are respected members of the family. Every animal deserves companionship, excellent vet care, playtime, fun outings to the park or beach (for dogs), and a peaceful, painless release when their lives have come to an end. PETA won't compromise our standards and send an animal into a substandard home just to make our adoption rates look good.
So, can you help? We are now searching for the perfect home for Bea. She was found wandering the streets, and although she is in good health and thus likely hasn't been on her own for long, no one seems to want to claim her.
Bea is a calm, sweet beagle-Chihuahua mix who weighs about 25 pounds. She is young and housetrained. She gets along well with children and other dogs and would be happiest with someone who is often home. She is irresistible.
If you think that your family is the perfect adoptive family for Bea and you would like to help with our next success story, please e-mail us at Adopt@peta.org.
Written by PETA
Back in February, PETA sent out a news release about the number of sick, injured, elderly, and
otherwise unadoptable animals we had to euthanize during the previous year.
PETA openly publishes these figures every single year and simultaneously calls
on the government and citizens to help promote anti-chaining ordinances (many
of the dogs our caseworkers encounter are aggressive or horrifically neglected
after having been chained outside for their entire lives), to help reduce the
cost of euthanasia of old and ill animals who belong to people with a low income
(these account for many of the animals PETA helps), and to implement
sterilization programs and laws to reduce the homeless-animal crisis.
In other words, old news is now
being regurgitated with a vindictive spin by—among others—a front group for Philip Morris, Outback
Steakhouse, KFC, cattle ranchers, and other animal exploiters that kill
millions of animals every year—and which do so not out of compassion but out of
greed. Before falling prey to the hysteria, please have a look at BermanExposed.org and ConsumerDeception.com.
PETA's statistics are also often used,
as they are being used now, in a truly perverted way by some "no-kill" evangelists to try
to turn people away from the "evil" of what is actually a dignified,
merciful release from suffering. They never give a complete picture, and they always
use inflammatory language and labels like "puppies" and "kittens,"
even if the animal was a 17-year-old dog who was unable to breathe properly because
of a heart condition. Such people are sure that if you shuffle enough animals
around from shelters to hoarders' basements or just throw stones at shelter
workers and call them "psycho" and so on, people will join their
number. But they offer no realistic
solution to the multiple tragic problems associated with easily acquired and easily discarded "pets."
who reads our website or receives our newsletters, in which we discuss this
issue regularly, knows that PETA has a division that does hands-on work with animals.
We run a shelter but in the most merciful way. We help—because no one else will—the
animals who are society's rejects in the area near our Virginia headquarters.
These animals are aggressive, feral, on death's door (often with large tumors
hanging from their bodies), or
otherwise unadoptable. We have published many blog posts about our caseworkers' heartbreaking work over
the years, and more information can be found at PETASaves.com.
It's important to note that the figures used by
anti-PETA campaigners are deliberately chosen because they are just the euthanasia figures. They do not
the more than 10,000 dogs
and cats PETA provided with no-cost
to low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and other veterinary services in
the last 12 months alone, the hundreds of animals delivered to large
high-traffic shelter facilities for adoption, the counseling and aid services
that PETA provides in order to enable people to keep and properly care for
their animals, and the animals we
have put up for adoption, like the cat currently featured on our website, whom we nursed back to (almost)
good health and who
is still seeking a
The "no-kill" shelters in the area
headquarters, like many such
places that sing the "no-kill" refrain for fundraising purposes,
actually not only refuse admission to animals (because they are constantly "too
full") and reject dogs and cats who are injured, sick, or dying but also refer
these "undesirable" animals to PETA, which bears the veterinary or euthanasia
costs. For more information on this topic, visit PETASaves.com.
People who are shocked to learn how many healthy or
adoptable animals have to be euthanized annually or are questioning PETA's
euthanasia record should ask themselves if they are spaying and neutering their
own animal companions, helping
people with a low income "fix" theirs, adopting from shelters instead
of buying from breeders and pet stores, funding education campaigns about
proper animal care and adoption (among other things), and demanding higher animal-protection standards
in their own communities. They should also look carefully at the photographs of
the animals who come out of the impoverished areas that PETA serves. Of course,
they should definitely not be eating or wearing animals or their skins, using
products tested on animals (who are usually killed at the end of the tests), or
engaging in any activity that results in killing animals not out of mercy but
for selfish reasons.
PETA is proud to continue to stand tall and roll up
its sleeves to help animals.
people talk about PETA's euthanasia statistics, those aren't just abstract
figures to me—my dog was one of those animals. Kodah, aka "Bug," was technically
"taken into custody and euthanized within 24 hours." It was more like
euthanized in minutes. That's because she was dying.
was diagnosed with cancer on a Friday and went downhill quickly. By 1 a.m. the
next night, she was suffering, struggling to breathe. I called PETA, and without
a moment's hesitation, someone met me at the building in the wee hours of the
morning. The PETA staffers who are certified to perform euthanasia are the most
caring, compassionate, gentle people I know. My sweet girl deserved the most
peaceful and painless end possible. She found it at PETA.
Almost a year after Kodah's
passing, a PETA worker found a dog running loose on the streets. She was a
starving, terrified stray who had to be lured with food morsels over the course
of several hours. I fostered Emma for several months, getting the word out by
putting up fliers, posting her picture on social media, and blogging about her and
her need for a good home. No takers. Luckily for her (and me), I was in a
position to adopt her. What would have happened to Emma had PETA not rescued
euthanasia numbers are decried by "no-kill" fanatics and others in
order to upset people. But behind those numbers, there are animals who need
help, and they wouldn't get it elsewhere. No one seems to talk about the much
higher numbers of animals helped by PETA's spay-and-neuter program—PETA has sterilized more than 90,000 animals for free or at a fraction of a standard vet's office fee since 2001, preventing
millions of animals from being born into a world already overflowing with
homeless ones. But those numbers aren't as "sexy." "PETA Saves Countless Dogs and
Cats From Abandonment, Abuse, and Neglect" just doesn't have quite the
same shock value.
PETA's mobile spay-and-neuter
clinics can't get to all the animals in need, and there just aren't enough good homes out
there for the millions of animals who need them. The shelters are full, and people
keep buying from breeders or giving up
their animals when their lives change.
you're angry about euthanasia, volunteer at an animal shelter or donate to PETA's spay-and-neuter
efforts—go out and do something. No one should point
fingers and complain because everyone is
needed to do something good, to take action and make a difference.
Written by Kristen Stine
It breaks our hearts to report
the passing of Roxie "Rock Star" Patterson, a little wiggly slip of a
dog with an exuberant personality as big as a 20,000-seat stadium. Roxie was
rescued 11 years ago by PETA cruelty caseworkers after one of the other dogs in
her home killed the family's cat and started eyeing her next. The caseworkers
discovered that poor little Roxie was also being bullied by the family
patriarch because she wasn't "macho" enough. Roxie won the heart of
former PETA Foundation Director Jannette Patterson and thereafter went with her
everywhere. She seemed to enjoy flying and napping under Jannette's airplane
seat, always ready to give her a smooch upon arrival.
We knew Roxie by another name,
too—"Noodlehead," for her silly natural '80s
hairband hairdo. She became internationally famous after she was featured on
the cover of Animal Times and the
PETA calendar, on PETA holiday cards, and in a spay-and-neuter public
service announcement with John
McEnroe. She was even chosen
by the New York Daily News as New York
City's Ugliest Dog (go figure).
To commemorate the 11 years that she
shared with Roxie, Jannette is dedicating the next 11 days to helping other animals
who are abused, as Roxie once was. For every dollar that Jannette spends on
non-essential items (such as shoes, clothing, books, and coffee-shop
lattes) during the next 11 days, she is going to donate an equal amount to PETA's
Matching Fund—and she's asking
her friends, family, and fellow PETA members to do the same.
We know that Roxie's passing leaves a big hole in Jannette's
heart and in the universe. We are grateful that Jannette, in typically kind
Jannette fashion, has chosen to channel her grief into helping us rescue the next
canine rock star out there waiting for a chance to show everyone what she's
got. Rock on, Roxie.
little dachshund was allowed to roam, and that's what he was doing when he probably
got attacked by another dog, sustaining an eye
injury that became painfully abscessed and swollen. Untreated, Slim's infected
eye bulged grotesquely out of its socket.
PETA learned about Slim, we pressured local animal control officials to compel the
owner to get veterinary care for the suffering dog. The owner made a vet appointment,
but the cost of the recommended surgery was beyond his means. When animal control
told the owner that his only two options were to get Slim the surgery that he desperately
needed or to surrender him to people who would, the owner relinquished him.
72 hours, Slim had the surgery.
Now, he is on the mend in a foster home, and as he awaits adoption, he is finally receiving
the loving care and attention that every dog deserves.
one of Ricky Gervais'
young fans tweeted the
star with the message "my parents agreed if you retweet this they will buy
my sister a dog & let you name it," Ricky
agreed but with one important stipulation. "A rescue dog tho,"
he mandated. We would expect nothing less from the man who is a constant voice for homeless
animals, urging people to adopt, never buy, and bashing greedy breeders and puppy mills. And like many
compassionate celebrities, Ricky consistently uses his Twitter account to reach
millions of people with animal-friendly messages.
can always count on Ricky to get an animal rights point across while he's
making people laugh. And Jon
Stewart did, too, with The
Daily Show's humorous coverage of Iran's launching a monkey into space: "Iran, you think
the CIA is tough? You just got PETA on your ass, and those guys don't f**k around." We'd love to hear Jon's take on Funny or Die's spot-on spoof of Dodge Ram's pandering
"God Made a Farmer" Super Bowl ad, "God Made a Factory Farmer."
Waka Flocka Flame's
hilarious Instagram photo
had us laughing at how ridiculous people look in fur:
Beyoncé went fur-free at the
Super Bowl, but she draped herself in python skin, iguana skin, and leather instead.
urging the singer to take a cue from other beautiful, talented performers such
as Carrie Underwood,
who puts on a dynamic show in cruelty-free fashions.
it was the epitome of a dynamic cruelty-free show when Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart
presented the first completely vegan runway show at
New York Fashion Week. Celebrities are flocking
to the line, which is named after "haute couture" but spelled with a "v"
York isn't the only city celebrating cruelty-free fashion. Across the pond, our
affiliate PETA U.K. presented the first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards, with celeb judges Sadie
Frost and Meg Mathews honoring animal-friendly fashion from top designers and
retailers such as Stella
McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Topshop.
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.
Follow PETA on Twitter!
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.