Written by Michelle Kretzer
Food and Drug Administration just lowered the age at which girls can get the Plan B oral contraceptive without a
prescription to 15. Critics argue that that's too young, but PETA insists that birth
control should start as early as 8 weeks—for puppies and kittens. It's
called "prepubescent sterilization," and to illustrate our point, we're
planning to place this billboard in Oklahoma, which has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country:
can't unwrap a condom, open a package of birth control pills, or walk into a
pharmacy and request Plan B. So responsible animal guardians should start their
young charges off on the right paw—by spaying and neutering them as
soon as possible. This prevents "oops"
litters before guardians realize that the animals are sexually mature. Cats,
for example, can become pregnant as young as 4 months old.
Sterilization ensures that your animal companions won't contribute
to the animal-overpopulation crisis. Just one unaltered female dog and her
offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one
female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens.
Early spaying and neutering has health benefits, too: It reduces
animals' risk of some forms of cancer and other diseases. A study by
the University of Georgia found that spayed and neutered dogs live an average
of about a year and a half longer than unaltered animals.
let your animal companions qualify for the next Teen Mom cast: Spay
and neuter them.
are the staffers at the Sam Simon Center—PETA's
Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters—having a hard
time getting their work done right now? Because two little pups are making for
one big distraction.
and Cupcake are as beautiful and sweet as their names suggest. They were given
up by someone whose dachshund and Chihuahua didn't get "fixed," which
resulted in several "oops"
now at the PETA office, they are making for several "Oops, I've gotta get
back to work" moments. What starts out as a brief trip to the kitchen or
copier more often than not involves a detour to take Daisy and Cupcake for a
walk or give them a tummy rub—both of which
the pups love. The staffers who are seated near the "Daisy and Cupcake
room" have resorted to earplugs to block out the near-constant squeals of
delight from employees and pups.
now, we are searching for the ideal home for the two—preferably
together! Cupcake is about 3 months old, and even though she's still a tad shy,
she's showing glimpses of that typical puppy personality: playful and always
ready to make new friends. Daisy is about a year and a half old and is a bit
more reserved. She would appreciate having a patient family who can coax her
out of her shell.
charming girls are crazy about each other, and we'd like them to go to a home
together. And as always, PETA will
provide spay surgeries,
vaccinations, and microchips. If your family can give
Daisy and Cupcake the forever home that they deserve—and
meet our rigorous adoption standards—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.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: After a dog died in a Detroit house fire on Wednesday, PETA is extending our offer of free
emergency stickers to 1,000 Detroit-area residents.
The following was originally posted on February 12, 2013:
Following the deaths of two dogs in a
recent fire in Cleveland, PETA is offering free "Please Save Our Animals"
stickers to the first 1,000 Cleveland-area residents who request them via e-mail during
The heartbreaking loss of cherished animal companions should
serve as a reminder of the importance of emergency planning that includes all your family members. Firefighters
and disaster-relief workers frequently perform heroic rescues
of animals, but it's vital to let them know to look for your dogs, cats, or
other animals who might be missed amid smoke or wreckage.
If you share your home with animals, placing PETA's bright-yellow
emergency window stickers near your front and back doors and on side windows
can mean the difference between life and death for them in case a weather
emergency or fire strikes when you aren't home. For those outside the Cleveland
area, stickers may be ordered
from the PETA Catalog—or you can
easily create your own sign on your computer and get it laminated at a copy or
As the BP
oil-spill civil case unfolds in New Orleans, we thought this would be a good time to update you on some
of the companion animals PETA rescued as people fled the region in the wake of the catastrophe.
Disasters such as the one in the Gulf flood animal shelters with
dogs and cats whose families lose their jobs or see their businesses go bust. With
support from the fabulous Pamela
Anderson, PETA workers drove a Winnebago carrying more than 40 homeless dogs and nearly 30 special-needs
cats from New Orleans–area shelters to Virginia, where they were placed in permanent
homes, including three who live in PETA's Norfolk headquarters, the Sam Simon Center.
It's a testament to their resilient spirits that these animals
have rebounded from abandonment and are now thriving in their new homes. Here's
where some of them are now:
PETA's rescue work is made possible by the support of kind
people like you. To help PETA save animals in danger, become a member today.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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.
It's fitting that a man who sold dogs to
laboratories may end up behind bars himself. A federal court sentenced Floyd Martin to a year
in prison after he and his wife, Susan, illegally purchased hundreds of dogs and sold them to laboratories.
Susan Martin was convicted of conspiracy and received probation. The couple was
fined $300,000. They had pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars from selling
dogs to be tormented and, in all likelihood, killed.
And the dogs weren't tormented only when
they got to the laboratories. A U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation of
the Martins' dingy facility, Chestnut Grove Kennel, resulted in citations for violations
of animal welfare laws, such as housing incompatible dogs together, leaving dogs
with injuries seemingly untreated, having dangerous enclosures, and more. PETA
obtained these never-before-released pictures from inside the facility:
It's not illegal for animal dealers like
the Martins to buy animals from "bunchers," people who pick animals
up off the streets, steal them from backyards, or obtain them from animal shelters
or "free to a good home" ads. But federal law limits the Martins and
other "random source" dealers—like notorious R&R Research, which
PETA exposed not long ago—to purchasing only 24 animals a year from each buncher in order to
try to keep illegal acts to a minimum. The Martins purchased hundreds of dogs
from just two individuals, then lied on documents to cover it up.
Because of such
rampant illegal activity and abuse of animals, PETA and others have long
campaigned for lawmakers to shut down random source dealers. And our efforts are paying off: The National
Institutes of Health, which funds most experiments on animals in the U.S., won't allow the use of animals from Class B dealers after 2015. And
last session, Congress introduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011,
which would prohibit Class B dealers from selling animals to laboratories.
The 2013 Iditarod
dogsled race is approaching, and it has been preceded by a string of canine deaths in other races, illustrating yet again why PETA works to stop this miserable "sport,"
which can be grueling and even deadly for the animals forced to pull heavy loads over long distances at high
speeds, often in extreme weather conditions.
But what you might not
know is that the dogs used for pulling sleds live miserable lives off the trail, too. When they aren't
pulling heavy sleds, they're often tethered by
short chains to plastic doghouses or ramshackle sheds, living on small patches
of dirt amid their own urine and feces. Chained dogs are at the mercy of
the elements and susceptible to attacks by dangerous wildlife. Recently, for
instance, a pack of chained dogs used for pulling sleds in Alaska was attacked
by a musk ox.
dog-sledding operators shamelessly admit that, to them, dogs are little more
than disposable "equipment" and are often denied adequate food,
shelter, veterinary care, and even humane euthanasia. The following are just a
What You Can Do
our adored animal companions, dogs used for pulling sleds are highly social
pack animals who need to be part of a family, not treated like snowmobiles with
fur. Please help them by sharing the above photo on Facebook and Twitter—especially with
any friends or family members who might be inclined to support the cruel and
is World Spay Day, which people celebrate by leafleting, assisting at low-cost
spay-and-neuter clinics, and doing their part to combat the animal-homelessness
crisis. Of course, for PETA's Mobile Clinics Division,
every day is Spay Day.
The clinics travel to underserved areas surrounding PETA's Norfolk, Virginia,
headquarters seven days a week to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries
and vaccinations—and we even supply
transportation to and from appointments when necessary.
Here are just a handful of the animals the clinics have helped
lives indoors, but she had somehow managed to become pregnant before her PETA
clinic appointment. Still, we were able to spay her in time, before she could
bring more puppies into a world already overwhelmed with animals who need good
aren't sure who's more adorable, Mese or her human. But one thing's certain:
They are both definitely happier since we drove Mese to our clinic and spayed
her for free.
is just as sweet as his name would suggest, and making sure that he got neutered was
pretty sweet, too.
spayed Lexie's sister in December, and that dog's guardians recommended our
services so highly that we ended up sterilizing the entire litter!
far this year, the clinics have spayed or neutered 1,672 animals! Considering that one unaltered female dog
and her offspring and their offspring and their offspring, etc., can produce
67,000 puppies in just six years and that in seven years, one unaltered female
cat and her offspring, etc., can produce 370,000 kittens, we were able to
prevent hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals from being born.
Day is the perfect opportunity to sponsor a surgery at one of PETA's clinics or learn how you can volunteer to help get animals in your own area spayed and neutered—and help make every day Spay Day.
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.
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