Written by PETA
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In a trailblazing move that would earn
tail-wagging approval from dogs everywhere, shopping mall developer Macerich has
banned pet stores that
sell animals in its more than 70 malls
across the U.S. and is offering up the pet stores' old spaces as adoption
centers for homeless animals instead. This compassionate decision follows
another the company made at PETA's urging last year to ban the hideous "Pocket
which sell sugar gliders—tiny, exotic, nocturnal marsupials who often die as a
result of improper care and the stress and loneliness of captivity.
Proving that one can make a difference,
the pet-store ban is largely thanks to the efforts of California resident Jennifer
Peterson, who informed Macerich that pet stores
essentially fronts for cruel puppy
mills and worked with the company on a
plan to evict the stores.
Hopefully, many other malls will follow
Macerich's humane lead and ban sales of live animals. Each of us can help, too,
by never buying animals from pet stores and giving a grateful dog or cat from a shelter
a loving, lifelong home instead.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Written by Michelle Sherrow
a PETA supporter saw a picture posted on Facebook of a cat whose face was being
eaten away by ulcers, she knew that she had to act. Her speedy investigation
revealed that the cat was living at an auto mechanic's shop and that even
though animal control had been called, the cat was still suffering. That's when
she called PETA.
we contacted animal control officials, they said that they had required the
mechanic to take the cat to a veterinarian. But alarmingly, the veterinarian had
refused to euthanize the cat, saying that he
would be better off dying at home. Hearing this, PETA's Community Animal
Project dropped everything and went to find the cat.
was in miserable condition—weak, emaciated,
matted, infested with fleas, and in the advanced stages of terminal feline
leukemia. We convinced the mechanic to let us give the cat a peaceful release
from his unrelenting suffering.
you ever suspect that an animal is suffering, don't hesitate—make the call! Don't
assume that someone else will take care of the problem—make sure that someone does by being that
This week is the 83rd annual National Dog Week,
and to celebrate, we're showcasing some of the wonderful dogs (and a few cats) PETA has helped
recently with our mobile spay-and-neuter clinics.
One such dog is Bentley, a charming white
ball of fluff whose guardian does not drive and lives in a rural county where
there is no veterinary clinic. If not for PETA's SNIP
truck, Bentley likely would not have been neutered and may have contributed to
the animal homelessness
PETA's fleet of spay-and-neuter clinics
provides free and low-cost sterilization surgeries in southeast Virginia and
northeast North Carolina. So far this year, clinic workers have spayed and
neutered more than 7,500 animals and provided round-trip, door-to-door transportation
(often to remote residences) to more than 400 animals, free of charge. Nobody
is ever turned away because of financial reasons.
Please consider helping PETA continue to
offer free and low-cost sterilizations by making an ear-marked donation to our animal overpopulation fund. If you cannot
give at this time, consider volunteering at a local spay-and-neuter clinic or
offering to drive an animal whose guardian is without transportation to a
by Michelle Sherrow
Tonight on NBC, the cocktails will flow and the bunny tails will wiggle as the network debuts The Playboy Club, a period drama about the "living, breathing fantasy world" which stars vegan PETA celebrity supporters Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Leah Renee. But bunnies (Playboy and otherwise) aren't the only ones with rampant sex drives—for unaltered dogs and cats living in the "playboy club" of the streets, life is anything but a fantasy. That's why we've asked NBC to air our frisky "Sex and the Kitty" public service announcement during the show—to give viewers a good laugh while showing them that spaying and neutering saves lives.
One unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce a whopping 420,000 cats in just seven years. The result is more animals added to the millions that are already homeless. Animals left to fend for themselves on the streets often suffer from lingering and painful diseases, starvation, exposure, or neglect or are hit by cars, attacked by other animals or cruel people, stolen by laboratory dealers, or used as bait by dogfighters.
Ending the animal homelessness crisis is everyone's responsibility. The solution is easy and practical: spay and neuter all companion animals.
When a calico cat named Willow disappeared
from her Colorado home five years ago, the Squires family put up "lost cat"
posters and placed ads online. But as time passed, they lost hope. This week,
thanks to a computer chip the size of a grain of rice, Willow has been found.
kind man spotted the friendly cat on a Manhattan street and took her to an
animal shelter, where Willow's microchip led workers to her family
more than 1,800 miles away. How Willow found her way to New York and what her
life was like during those five years is a mystery, but what is certain is that
her family never would have seen her again if not for her microchip. "All our pets are microchipped," said
Willow's grateful guardian. "If I could microchip my kids, I would."
If your companion animals aren't already microchipped, why not take this
opportunity to schedule an appointment today? Collars and tags are crucial, but
they can fall off or be removed. As Willow's story shows, a microchip is a
horrific hoarding case
in Chicago is a reminder of why, despite any ill-founded "good"
intentions, hoarding never results in a happy home—for
anyone. It's absolutely vital to report all
known or suspected cases of animal neglect or hoarding to authorities
reportedly found a mentally disabled 14-year-old boy dead in a backyard,
wearing only a T-shirt. Inside the house, they allegedly found more than 200
animals—and three more sick children—living in filth and feces. Reportedly, all
109 cats in the house were suffering from feline AIDS and leukemia and had to
be euthanized, and many other animals were starving and diseased, including a
cockatiel whose spine was visible on his nearly featherless back. The children
reportedly had never been to school or a doctor and slept on the floor, and
their bare feet were caked with feces and dirt. The children's mother has been charged with child
abuse and cruelty to animals, among other crimes.
Hoarders exist in virtually every community, so it's crucial to be
alert to the signs of hoarding:
If you notice red flags of animal hoarding, please don't hesitate—call the police. Hundreds of lives—both animals' and
humans'—may be at stake.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
As observances of September 11, 2001, take place across the
country, PETA thinks back to all the cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, fish, and
other companion animals who waited in vain for the return of their loving guardians
who lost their lives that day. Especially the ones trapped inside apartments in
the cordoned off "Red Zone." PETA received call after call from people
desperate to reach their dearly loved animals after being barred from returning
to their homes. PETA immediately dispatched a rescue team to New York.
PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch—who took a PETA
team from Norfolk, Virginia, to New York right away—will always remember the destruction
and despair. "It was total chaos and heartbreak," she recalls. "We
struggled to get through various barriers and roadblocks to reach animals who
needed us—and whose guardians were desperate for us to retrieve them. We were
able to get some building superintendents and firefighters to bring some of the
animals out, but most perished. We were also able to care for traumatized
animals at an impromptu rescue center and managed to reunite a person here and
a person there with their beloved animals. It was a trip that will forever remain burned
into our brains."
PETA's Emergency Response Team also
than 100 turtles from a market in New York's Chinatown. And PETA was on the
ground following the attack on the Pentagon, supplying dogs who were searching for
survivors through the broken glass and twisted metal with protective booties.
September 11 was a harrowing time for all beings, and one
that continues to affect us as a nation. When you observe September 11 today,
please think of all the individuals
who suffered and died because of an act of hatred. Let's resolve to open our hearts
as much as we can to everyone—regardless of race, color, species, gender,
creed, nationality, or religion—every day.
Written by Joe Taksel
Tomorrow is National Pet
Memorial Day, a time to honor the
animals with whom we have shared our lives and love. We gave them a home, and
in return, they gave us their all.
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for a way to memorialize your best friends past and present? You could do
something kind for animals who haven't had the good fortune to be cherished by
someone like you. For example, you could offer to take a lonely chained dog for a walk and offer
him or her treats and toys. Or you could volunteer at your local humane society
or spay-and-neuter clinic. In these economic
tough times, animal charities are struggling and would welcome a donation in your animal's name.
could also post an online remembrance of your beloved animal companions on PETA's
True Friends Memorial
page. Tribute pages can include stories, pictures, and videos and are easily
linked to blogs, websites, and social-network profiles. People can view the
tribute to your animal and make a donation in their honor that will have a
lasting impact and improve the lives of not-so-lucky animals.
Labor Day meant a long weekend for many nine-to-fivers, but some laborers
can't close up shop and forget about their jobs, even for a day. For animal
shelter workers, the stream of battered and bruised animals in need of refuge
never ends. Few people have a more emotionally challenging job than those who
punch in every day knowing that they will likely have to euthanize the animals
they've devoted themselves to helping.
We can all help ease shelter workers' burdens by doing our part to slow the
stream of homeless animals. That means always having our cats and dogs spayed
or neutered and adopting animals instead of buying them from breeders or pet
As one who has spent years volunteering at my local animal shelter, I know
that shelter staffers are some of the hardest-working people around. They scrub
poop-strewn kennels, comb animals who are matted and crawling with fleas, and
give belly rubs to dogs who have been chained up like old bicycles their entire
lives. They heft dogs onto examination tables, unload vans of 50-pound bags of
food, get bitten by petrified dogs who have known nothing but cruelty, and get
scratched by cats who are frantic after having left the home they've always
known to live in a cage surrounded by other crying felines. They cuddle cats,
throw balls for dogs, slip treats through cage bars, speak kind words, and give
many scratches behind the ears. They do their best to make the animals' stay at
the shelter as full of love as possible.
But shelters don't have a magic wand that they can wave to create loving
homes for all the animals who need them. Those who work in open-admission
shelters must also perform the thankless, gut-wrenching task of holding the
animals they've played with and loved in their arms while the euthanasia needle
slides into a vein and the light in their eyes softly flickers out. These
people are heroes for doing the right thing for animals even though it takes
such a toll on them personally.
Breeders, pet stores, and people who haven't had their animals spayed or
neutered put shelter workers in this tragic position. Every new puppy or kitten
who is brought into the world takes the chance for a home away from one of the
thousands of animals waiting in shelters. And every new puppy or kitten means
another broken heart for a brave shelter worker.
Shelter workers' jobs will never be cushy, but if more people spay and
neuter their animals before that first litter and if more people adopt the
eager-to-please dogs and cats waiting in shelters instead of buying animals, we
could dramatically reduce the number of animals euthanized for lack of a good
home. We could save thousands of lives—and make shelter workers' lives a little
bit easier too.
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animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
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