Written by Michelle Kretzer
the cat and his guardian had spent 20 happy years together. Of course, the time finally came when, because of Max's advanced age, his
health deteriorated. This always-friendly cat was losing weight fast, crying out
often, and suffering from dementia. He even began biting people out of
confusion or pain or both. Max's guardian had waited too long to end his
suffering, and he knew it. He called PETA.
wanting Max to suffer another minute more, we quickly arranged for euthanasia
at a local vet's office. Although saying "Goodbye" to his constant
companion of two decades was agonizing for him, Max's guardian knew that he
owed it to this beloved cat to do the right thing, no matter how difficult it
was. This was not a time to be thinking about himself. Max was all that
folks let their animal companions go on too long because they feel guilty about
euthanasia or are afraid of letting go. But we must be strong and always make
the best decisions for them. Isn't that the very least that they deserve?
Aussie Cody Simpson has girls around the globe in full-on swoon as
they scramble to grab his new EP, Preview to Paradise, today and catch him on tour with Big Time Rush this summer. But who's really
got him good? His dog, Buddy.
his new campaign for PETA, Cody asks all his fans to take excellent care of their own
animals and always speak up anytime they see or
suspect animal abuse:
joins a growing list of compassionate stars, including Justin Bieber, Sean
Kingston, Jay Sean, Travie McCoy, Lea Michele, Megan Park, and Daniella Monet,
who have taken time out of their intensely busy schedules to ask that people never be silent when animals are not
being treated with the kindness and respect that they deserve.
Written by Jeff Mackey
While it's important for our dogs and cats to wear collars (although
never choke or prong collars) and proper identification when they go outdoors, just putting a collar on and
assuming that it'll be fine for the animal's entire life is a recipe for disaster.
As animals grow or gain weight, a too-tight collar can result in severe neck wounds, as the following cases illustrate:
A PETA fieldworker spent the day on Saturday
waiting for this feral dog—with a deeply embedded collar—to appear after being
alerted to her condition by an out-of-town visitor to the area. It was the
deepest collar-related wound that the fieldworker had ever seen.
Remember: If you can't comfortably slip two fingers between
the collar and the animal's neck, the collar is too tight. To learn more about how
to care for companion animals properly, check this out.
PETA always encourages guardians to take the best care
possible of their animal companions. These three recent news stories about dogs
at risk remind us why it's so important to stay mindful of canine care:
a frightening echo of the illnesses and deaths tied to melamine-tainted foods
from China five years ago, Chinese-made Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats for dogs and
Milo's Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats have been implicated in kidney failure, liver disease, and other
illnesses in almost 1,000 dogs, with one death reported so far. Milo's Kitchen has even paid off at least one
sick dog's guardian in exchange for a release of liability. Please check your
cupboards and be sure you're giving your dogs only healthy, wholesome treats—you
can even make your own!
is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can help reunite a Texas man with his
beloved dog, Dolly, who has been missing ever since PETCO groomers carelessly let her escape from the
store. Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident—another dog was lost (though,
fortunately, found) after bolting
from groomers at an Illinois PetSmart.
Choose your groomer carefully, and stay away from PETCO, PetSmart, and other big-box stores.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
all hazards are physical. Anyone who's suffered a broken heart knows that a
divorce or other romantic bust-up takes an emotional toll on the former
sweethearts and on their children, but companion animals can be hurt, too. An
excellent feature in the Chicago Tribune
points out what can go
wrong—or right—when guardians go their separate ways.
more tips on repaying our four-legged pals' love and devotion, check out PETA's
guide to caring for dogs.
Sophie lives with a PETA staff member and receives lots of TLC
is believing for a team of researchers from the University of Nevada–Reno who are
developing an app to help blind people navigate independently. Giving the
visually impaired more mobility without bringing more dogs into the world to
serve as guide dogs certainly qualifies as
progress in our book, so PETA has given the team a Proggy Award.
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app functions much like a GPS system, gauging the user's pace, warning of
obstacles, and giving spoken directions. And unlike its canine counterpart, the
app doesn't contribute to the animal overpopulation crisis. Guide-dog breeders take homes away
from dogs in animal shelters, as dogs who have become too old to work, along with
those who don't make the
cut to begin with, must be put up for adoption. The app also doesn't
mind being required to work day after day or being forbidden from socializing
call that a doggone good invention.
Written by Alisa Mullins
Which TV show is tops with cats?
No, it isn't Real Housecats of Beverly Hills, CSI: Meowmi, or even Purrsey Shore. As PETA staffer Lindsay
Rajt's kitties illustrate, cats would rather watch real songbirds perform
aerial acrobatics than watch Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler put human
songbirds through their paces on American
Idol any day of the week:
Are your lap cats in danger of
becoming couch potatoes? Consider investing in a DVD like Lindsay's cats'
favorite, Cat Sitter, and turn your flat screen into a cat screen for some interactive feline fun.
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animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
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