Written by Jeff Mackey
After observing a large number of dogs who were living in
filthy conditions, chained, breeding, fighting, or confined to hot areas—and getting no help from local animal
control—a caring person notified PETA, and one of its caseworkers jumped into
The miserable pups were covered with fleas and living
without veterinary care or socialization. Two of the dogs were kept inside a
trailer that had no air conditioning or any other kind of ventilation. One was
significantly underweight. Those responsible for the sad conditions of the dogs
clearly didn't care about their welfare, so the caseworker persuaded them to
surrender the animals and arranged for an area resident to pick up the 13 dogs
and carry them to a reputable local animal shelter—from which one has already
been adopted into a loving home.
PETA will continue to monitor the situation to make sure the
dogs' former owners don't
acquire more animals, but this case again illustrates the importance of speaking up when you see animals
in trouble and being persistent until they get the help they so desperately need.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
New York state man was shocked to see a tiny kitten drag himself into his yard
by his two front paws. The lower half of the kitten's body was smashed and limp,
so he had likely been struck
by a car and the driver had failed
to stop and check on him. There is no way to know how long the kitten had been
suffering, dragging his broken body.
man called local authorities, but they showed little interest in helping the
injured animal. Frustrated, he called PETA for help. We contacted local animal-control
officials, but because it was after hours, they told us they couldn't send an
officer out until the next day. We persisted, stressing how badly injured the
kitten was and how imperative it was that he get immediate help. Animal control
relented, and within an hour of the man's worried call, the kitten was
mercifully euthanized and freed from his agony.
one hour is all it takes to save an animal from immense suffering. It may
require persistence and patience, but you will prevail if you refuse to take "No"
for an answer. And if all else fails, call PETA.
animals, a summer romance can mean adding to the overpopulation crisis. But after July, nearly
800 animals near PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters won't have to worry
about "getting in trouble"—like Rizzo.
mobile veterinary clinics "snipped" 794
animals, including 154 whose families couldn't afford spay and neuter surgeries and 40 who
couldn't get to the veterinarian without a ride there and back.
patient, Trixie, lives in an area where there are no low-cost spay-and-neuter
services available. Her guardian, a grandmother who is single-handedly caring
for all her grandchildren, was ecstatic to be able to get Trixie spayed.
only did Coco the poodle get spayed, she also got the full beauty treatment.
Staffers removed the painful mats from her fur, and now she and her happy
guardian are sitting pretty.
to show animals some love this summer? Start by signing the pledge to end animal homelessness.
While we don't know exactly how Emma's
life began, her story starts the way that too many dogs' stories do: She was
wandering the streets, homeless, thin, petrified, and alone. Her luck changed when a PETA Community Animal Project
(CAP) staffer found her on a neighbor's front stoop, soaking wet and trembling, and
cajoled the terrified dog into a fenced-in yard. Eventually—with lots of
patience and tempting food—the CAP staffer got the pup leashed and into the car.
She was rail-thin from scavenging for scraps
on the streets and was so terrified of people that she cowered and shook when
anyone came near. But after a few days of hearty eating, a spay surgery, and other veterinary care—and a lot of TLC from her foster family—Emma began to
emerge from her shell.
As luck would have it, a wonderful
family whose dog had just
passed away was searching for a new canine companion, and when they met the blossoming 2-year-old,
it was love at first sight. As she headed to her new home, Emma seemed to
understand that her days of being homeless and unwanted were long gone.
Now, Emma is a different dog from the
one PETA first rescued: adventurous, confident, and full of life. She spends so
much time perfecting her doggie paddle that she could be training for the
Olympics, and her list of "likes" reads like a personal ad: swimming,
boating, going to the dog park, running, and taking long walks. But little Emma
doesn't need a personal ad—she's already found the loves of her life.
After residents complained about a smell coming from a neighboring
apartment, the building's management company left several notices and tried to
contact the tenant. But after getting no response, company staffers entered the
apartment, where they found this abandoned puppy, less
than 5 months old, who had been left tied to a radiator. So they contacted PETA.
PETA's caseworker quickly contacted local animal control officials
and asked them to pick up the dog right away. The poor pup was in good
condition, but her tether was very short. She was surrounded by her own waste
and had no food or water. The puppy was brought to a local animal shelter,
where she was given veterinary care and was spayed. Now she's been adopted by a
loving family, who will never leave her behind—and in return, she'll give them
her whole heart.
So that's the happy ending, and here's the moral of the
story: This puppy could have easily starved to death if apartment management
hadn't helped by contacting PETA. If you ever find an animal in need, speak up.
As the sky-high temperatures across the country make clear,
it's summer. But it's not vacation season for the staffers of PETA's mobile clinics division, who hit the road year-round to take low-cost to no-cost spay and neuter surgeries and other veterinary services to animals in need.
We kicked off the summer in fine fashion—in June alone, the
mobile clinics spayed and neutered 359 cats (84 of whom were feral) and 302
dogs, including 30 pit
bulls. Here are some more stats to break it down even further:
In total, 661 animals were altered in June alone, including Booboo,
whose guardian contacted PETA seeking help with flea prevention and grooming.
He initially planned to breed this little Pomeranian, but when PETA offered to
groom her for free, he gladly accepted the offer to have her spayed at the same
Another animal who caught the summer spay-and-neuter wave was
Daisy, who was just about to come into heat for the first time. Fortunately, her
guardians did not want that to happen, so PETA spayed her before she could have
Long summer days are the ideal time to help make life
brighter for dogs and cats by pledging to end animal homelessness. One great way to start is to support
PETA's work to address the homeless animal crisis—and you don't even have to go out in the
heat to do it!
A PETA staffer walking to the Los
Angeles office one morning spotted an opossum sitting in the middle of the road, bleeding from her mouth. Several men were
jabbing her with sticks.
Look closely: Even when injuries
aren’t obvious, an animal may be suffering.
With the help of several coworkers, the
staffer cleared everyone from the area. Then she gathered up the opossum and
drove to the nearest animal shelter so that the injured animal could be assessed.
Shelter staff determined that the opossum was a mother carrying a pouch full of
babies and that her injuries were quite severe: Euthanasia was deemed the most merciful option for
both the mother and her babies. The staffer's speedy response saved this opossum family from being hit by
another car, being further tormented by cruel people, or suffering and slowly
dying from their injuries or from heatstroke, dehydration, or starvation.
If you spot an injured animal on the road, please don't leave
the animal to suffer. If you can safely collect the animal, transport him or
her to the nearest animal shelter or vet's office for assessment and/or euthanasia.
If you don't think that you can contain the animal, call the police or animal
control, stress the urgency of the situation, and stay with the animal until
help arrives. If all local options fail, please call PETA.
former PETA staffer in Seattle was on her way to work when she spotted a pigeon whose leg appeared to
be broken. When the pigeon didn't try to fly away and let her gently wrap him
up in a sweatshirt, she knew he also likely had other injuries or hadn't been
able to forage for food and was weak from hunger or illness.
former staffer called PETA, and we put her in touch with a local wildlife rehabilitator, to whom she rushed the
took only a few minutes out of her day to get help for the bird, and she saved
him from suffering for days or even weeks from his injuries and possibly
starving, being killed by a predator, or being hit by a car.
actions serve as a reminder to all of us that we are never "too busy"
to help an animal who is in need.
Our servicemembers aren't the only ones
who make sacrifices for our freedom. Their companion animals often endure frequent
moves, months of not seeing one of their beloved guardians, and all the other
hardships that come with life in the military. To celebrate Independence Day,
PETA honored the loyal four-legged companions of servicemembers in Southeastern
Virginia by offering to spay
or neuter and vaccinate them for just $4 each.
Partnering with the Virginia Beach SPCA
(VBSPCA), one of our mobile veterinary
clinics performed the spay and neuter surgeries, and the VBSPCA administered the
vaccinations. Here are just a few photos from this event, after which many military mutts and freedom felines can now declare their independence from unwanted litters and many health problems:
Philbert was a full-grown tortoise in her 30s, she was being kept in a tiny
enclosure at an elementary school in New Jersey and was serving as the "school
even tiny turtles deserve
better than a tank, Philbert's life was just
a shell of the one she ought to have had. A substitute teacher got wind of the
fact that the school was looking for a new home for the tortoise, and she
called PETA to ask if we could help.
wonderful sanctuary, Wildlife
Rescue & Rehabilitation in San Antonio, was
happy to accept the ravishing reptile. And as luck would have it, a reliable
activist in Philbert's area was already going to be making the drive to San
Antonio and agreed to a reptilian road trip.
in place of her tank, Philbert has woods, grassland, and a pond to traverse and
explore. And in place of hundreds of children handling her, she has the
companionship of a male tortoise who has taken quite a shine to her. Tortoises
are natural plant lovers, and for Philbert, everything is coming up roses.
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animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
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