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."
Did you know that PETA did some wonderful things in 2011
that you probably didn't read about in the newspapers? I do—because I've read
PETA's latest annual report, and you can too.
Here's a sample of the interesting stuff that you'll find in just the "Year
in Numbers" section alone:
©iStockphoto/ Andrew Helwich
There's lots more to learn—but check it out for yourself.
And if you want to be a part of a record-breaking 2012, there's no better time
to join us than
I just received the gift of a 2012 calendar illustrated by Mutts artist Patrick McDonell to go along with my PETA "Rescued" calendar. But my walls won't be the only ones sporting the designs of this talented and compassionate artist in the new year. PETA's mobile SNIP (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) clinic received a facelift earlier this month when it was rewrapped with colorful Mutts artwork, courtesy of McDonnell.
PETA's fleet of state-of-the-art mobile low-cost to no-cost clinics—we now boast three—spayed and neutered more than 10,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits in 2011, and we hope to surpass that number in 2012, thereby preventing thousands of unwanted animals from being born into a world long on suffering and short on good homes. We've spayed and neutered more than 75,000 animals in the last 10 years!
If you'd like to support SNIP's lifesaving work (the clinics operate at a loss and rely on donations to keep "snipping"), we can hook you up.
PETA suffered a "van down" earlier this year, longtime President's
Circle members Adam and Leni Sender stepped up to the plate. The Sender family—tireless
animal advocates who have opened their home to numerous rescued animals,
including a refugee from Hurricane Katrina—donated the money for PETA to buy a
new and improved van, and we dedicated the vehicle to the memory of their
beloved cat Patti.
"Patti Wagon" will urge people to save lives by spaying and neutering their animals while it
ferries animals in need to and from appointments with PETA's no-cost to low-cost
We love the Senders as much as the Senders love animals. Thank you for being the animals' "Spay Santas"!
the van's namesake? Well, we think Patti would be purrfectly pleased with her mobile memorial.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Rocky, like so many
other pit bulls,
was used as a living burglar alarm. He was kept outdoors in all weather
to a flimsy doghouse, with no life, no love―no nothin'.
Brutus had broken
free of his chain and gotten his ear nearly ripped off by another dog, but his
owner was oblivious to the extent of the injury―not that he had made any effort
to find out how severe it was. Instead, he just chained Brutus up again and
went back inside his own warm, comfortable home, while Brutus cowered inside his
These are just two
of the countless pit bull cruelty and neglect cases that PETA's Community Animal Project and Emergency Response Team have dealt with recently, and the abuse and neglect
of pit bulls in particular seem to be getting worse. Everyone knows that animal
shelters are full of these vulnerable dogs. Pit bulls are left at shelters in
record numbers—and since they are difficult to adopt out, reputable shelters
(that don't slam the door in the dogs' faces) are finding that they must
euthanize more pit bulls
and pit bull mixes
than all other dogs combined.
That's why we are trying
to stop pit bull abuse at its roots by preventing pit bulls from being born
into a world that largely views them as cheap bodyguards, burglar alarms,
punching bags, and back-alley gladiators. No one needs to bring even one more
dog into this world while there are so many still homeless.
PETA's mobile clinics
provide no-cost to low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to hundreds of pit bulls every year, and we'd
like to push that number even higher. Love pits and don't want to see more of
them tied up by tractor-trailer chains or torn up like Brutus was? PETA has now
launched a special fund through which all donations
will go toward free pit bull spay
surgeries. Click here
to make a donation today to help prevent more pit bulls from falling into the
Written by PETA
you know that in Ukraine, a dog or cat found wandering the streets can be shot
on sight or poisoned and left to suffer? Their bodies are tossed into a cremation
truck and burned, and some are reportedly burned while alive. It is estimated
that in the city of Kiev alone, 20,000 dogs have already been killed in these cruel
authorities are trying to "cleanse" the country of homeless animals
before it hosts the European Football Championship in 2012. At a preliminary
match between Germany and Ukraine in Kiev last weekend, members of PETA Germany and the Kiev Society
for the Protection of Animals protested, calling on Ukrainian authorities to
stop the cruel killings and asking the Union of European Football Associations to
German soccer (known as "football" in other parts of the world) players
have now joined PETA Germany in publicly criticizing Ukrainian
authorities for the torture of these dogs and demanding that the city use
humane methods to manage the homeless
animal crisis. The only solution to
animal overpopulation is a spay-and-neuter initiative, but in the
meantime, the city's unwanted animals at least deserve a peaceful, painless end to their lives.
contact the Ukrainian Embassy and politely urge officials to stop these cruel
killings immediately. Click
for the e-mail address for your state, or if your state is not listed, you can
Written by Michelle Sherrow
A big brouhaha
erupted after the Detroit Animal Control Center euthanized an emaciated, injured
and extremely ill dog named Ace
(after the hardware store into which he painfully stumbled before being rescued
off the streets) on Thursday. Photos of Ace make it abundantly clear that he
was suffering; they show him looking weak, hunched over, grimacing, bleeding
from a neck wound, and barely able to stand. He looks as if he can't get
comfortable, and there is obvious pain in his eyes. Unfortunately, Ace had to
endure the state-mandated four-day waiting period for strays, and no owner could
be located for him (or they surely would have faced cruelty charges). This suffering
dog didn't deserve to linger a minute longer.
We just have one question: The
shelters are overloaded with homeless dogs―if anyone is upset because this dog
was put down, why don't they stop screaming "Murder!' and do something
truly helpful, like adopting another dear dog who doesn't need as much vet care
and resocializing but just needs a home? There's certainly no shortage of
homeless dogs in every single animal shelter in the country―no, make that, in
the world! If you think that every single one―or even one in 20―can be placed,
then you're living in a dream that we all wish would come true, but picking one
dog and going nuts about his euthanasia is just a feel-good exercise not
grounded in reality. Shelters need financial help for spaying and neutering in
order to stop more dogs from being born and to find truly good homes even for
dogs with no problems, the "easy" ones. Meanwhile, "no kill"
shelters take in their quota and then leave the dirty work to everyone else.
back to Ace―for dogs who have been through so much and are obviously suffering
and miserable, a dignified release from their pain is often a blessing and the
most humane option. Let's not misplace our anger and
frustration, which should be directed at those who neglect animals so badly
that they end up ravaged with parasites and barely able to keep their heads up as
well as at those who cause animals to end up homeless and euthanized at shelters
because they buy from pet stores or breeders and/or fail to spay or neuter
And let's use our energy to save
lives by promoting spaying
and neutering and lobbying for legislation
that would restrict breeding so that we can arrive at a day when no
animal is born unless a loving, permanent home is waiting for him or her. Animal homelessness is a preventable tragedy.
by Lindsay Pollard-Post
almost time for Halloween, and while some folks are being sweeter than candy to
animals, some are making us wish that we were only watching a scary movie.
to Los Angeles' Ghost Ship. The country's only
haunted sailing vessel promises its victims a 75-minute voyage of horror, but
only if they aren't wearing the victims of the horrifying fur industry. Even ax-wielding
maniacs know that fur is cruel.
to The Office for showing the very
real danger of leaving a dog
in a hot car in very memorable Office style.
to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture for talking out of both
sides of its mouth about the foods that people put into theirs—pushing people to eat vegetables but granting huge
subsidies to the meat
to women's clothing store Dress
Barn for proudly displaying "Fab Faux Fur" in its windows.
to the U.S. Air Force for considering turning
animals into fuel for planes. With all the biofuel options available, even Fred
Flintstone would think that this cruel fuel is archaic.
to Tom Wargo of Lilburn, Georgia,
and to 13-year-old Victoria
O'Connell of Rapid City, South
Dakota, for realizing that companion animals also suffer in a recession and
starting animal food banks. Wargo gets an extra smooch for requiring owners to
obtain low-cost spay-and-neuter services.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Today was a lucky
day for black cats: PETA's mobile Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please (SNIP) clinic
got into the spirit of Halloween and "fixed" 44 of the black beauties
for free. What a way to wrap up Cat Week!
If there's one thing scarier than armies of the undead, it's the animal overpopulation crisis.
Every year, millions of unwanted kittens are left at
crowded animal shelters, where many of them must be euthanized
for lack of suitable homes. Others are casually passed around from one
temporary home to the next or are dumped on the roadside.
Just one unaltered
female cat can lead to 370,000 feline descendants in only seven years; an unneutered male cat can help
create limitless litters
of kittens. PETA's mobile clinics have
sterilized more than 75,000 animals since the program's inception in 2001,
preventing the births of hundreds
of thousands of unwanted
kittens and puppies.
Black cats are often the target of cruel people who
torture or kill them around Halloween. Keeping cats inside
is the best way to keep them safe, and if you have an unaltered cat of any
color, make an appointment today to get him or her sterilized. In addition to
preventing unwanted litters, spay and neuter surgeries
eliminate the risk of certain cancers of the reproductive system. It is
the best treat that you can give your cat—any time of year.
If you've already "fixed" your cat, you can
make a donation
to help others do the same and to help keep our SNIP clinic going.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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