Written by Jeff Mackey
article on CNN's website helps explain why many animal advocates—PETA included—support policies
requiring in-depth assessment before placing companion animals into new homes:
By screening properly, rescue workers and animal shelters can help make sure
that animals who have often survived cruelty, neglect, or abandonment will find
safe homes in which they will be treated with love and respect for the rest of
As a result of carelessness or negligence, adopted animals have
been killed, horribly tortured, fed to snakes, and sexually abused, among other things. And in response to pressure from "no-kill" supporters, there has been a push to increase adoption numbers and manipulate euthanasia
statistics, causing children and others to be harmed and killed by adopted animals, which is a tragedy for families as well as for
adopted animals and serves only to frighten people away from adopting vulnerable
animals from shelters.
Animals deserve to be treated like individuals, not
discounted merchandise, yet more and more animal shelters are resorting to a
variety of ill-advised tactics in order to increase adoptions, including free or grossly discounted
adoptions, black cat giveaways during Halloween, buy-one-get-one-free kitten promotions,
and other nonsense meant to make for more appealing adoption statistics—without
really checking where (or with
whom) the animals end up. These irresponsible "bargain adopt-a-thons" send
the message that animals' lives are worth little to nothing—the very mindset that
causes millions of animals to be relinquished to animal shelters in the first
If you or someone you know can no longer care for an animal
companion, never advertise the animal
on Craigslist or in a "Free to a Good Home" ad, and never adopt out an animal who
has not been spayed or neutered. Follow our other tips here to seek out a permanent home for your animal friend. A reasonable fee, an
application, a contract, and a home visit are essential to ensuring that animals
are placed in truly forever homes—after all, anyone not interested in being
part of the process to adopt an animal can hardly be expected to spend the
time, money, and energy needed to care for an animal for his or her entire life.
Want to help? Become an ABC (Animal Birth Control) volunteer today to help reduce the number of unwanted animals who need to be adopted in
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Written by PETA
When Kansas Representative Ed Trimmer sponsored
House Bill 2513, proposing that the cairn terrier, best known because a dog of
that breed played Toto in The Wizard of
Oz, be named the state's official dog, he said that he expected to be "barked
at." But the growl that PETA let out in a letter to Trimmer would have
sent chills up the spine of even the Wicked Witch of the West. The House landed
on the bill Monday, squashing the proposal, which PETA pointed out would only
encourage well-meaning guardians to purchase dogs from breeders and pet stores
supplied by puppy mills. The move opened up a kind of "Yellow Brick Road"
for shelter dogs in the state.
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To a shelter dog, there really is "no place
like home." Every time a breeder brings another animal into the world, an
animal sitting in an animal shelter loses his or her opportunity to find a
loving home. An estimated 6 to 8 million animals are taken to U.S. animal shelters
each year—of which, about 25 percent are purebred. No matter what kind of
animal companion you're looking for, have a heart like the Tin Man—always adopt
and never buy!
Written by Alisa Mullins
It took months and several news stories
about her plight, but Gracie, the spunky three-legged, earless dog who was
rescued by an American soldier in Afghanistan and fostered by PETA staffers,
has finally found a home.
After Gracie was featured in The Virginian-Pilot, her story touched the heart of Virginia Beach teacher Beth Hall, whose
13-year-old dog had died a couple of months earlier. Beth sent us an eloquent
e-mail listing the many pros her home had to offer ("lots of love and
attention," a "3/4-acre fenced backyard," and a "cat
companion"). Under "cons," she wrote, "N/A."
Gracie moved into the Hall home on Friday
and has already wriggled her way into the hearts of Beth; Beth's 17-year-old
son, Andrew; Beth's brother, who acts as Gracie's stay-at-home "uncle";
Beth's mom, who pops in for daily visits; and, of course, Marmalade, Beth's
cat, who was adopted from a local animal shelter.
Gracie is safe, but tens of thousands of
homeless dogs in animal shelters and at rescue groups are still waiting to be
adopted. They don't have the great P.R. that Gracie had—they are simply relying
on people to do the right thing by adopting from animal shelters instead of
buying from breeders or pet stores. If you have the time and resources, consider adopting an animal!
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an animal, please click
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animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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