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!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
After nearly two months of rehabilitation, the rescued hyena ate her last meal
in captivity and was released back into the jungle one night last week. The area where
she stepped out of her transfer cage was close to where she was found. The
local forest department reported that more than a dozen hyenas—possibly from the rescued hyena's clan—are known to live in the area.
The following was originally posted November 22, 2011:
evening in the Maharastran countryside in India, a terrified hyena was running
to escape a pack of street dogs when she tumbled into a well that was not visible
to her in the darkness and plunged 50 feet down to the bottom. She had evaded
the dogs, but now she was banged up and hopelessly trapped.
happened to witness the hyena's fall, and he jumped into action, calling PETA India for help. The Animal Rahat ("rahat"
means "relief" in Hindi) rescue team quickly hatched a plan. The team
lowered a large net and, after several tries, was able to scoop up the hyena
and pull the scared little animal to safety.
the team took the hyena to the Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation Centre to be checked
for injuries and treated, and she will eventually be returned to her clan. Hyenas
can hear the calls of
their clan from more
than 2 miles away when they
become separated, so it's possible that her family members heard her cries and
are anxious for her safe return.
Most of us
won't rescue a hyena in our lifetime, but with simple actions like moving turtles off the road and taking stray dogs and cats to an animal shelter, we can save animals
whose lives are just as important to them as ours are to us.
had been relegated to a
tiny cage for weeks when a PETA staffer noticed
her and asked her owner if she could give the rabbit a new home. Gracie's owner
agreed. After all, she said, she didn't really want a rabbit companion—she'd bought Gracie to feed to her snake, but the rabbit
had proved to be too big.
didn't let her harrowing start to life dampen her spirit, and she became a
superstar, posing with actor Charlotte
Ross in a PETA anti-fur ad. And in her new
home, where she is wanted, Gracie
enjoys romping through the vegetable garden and digging holes. She doesn't like
it when her chicken companions try to eat her food, but the wily rabbit never
hesitates to steal theirs.
sweet Gracie got her happy ending, she would be saddened if she knew
that rabbits just like her are confined to tiny
cages every year in laboratories in the U.S. They have cosmetics and household cleaners dripped into their
eyes. Their backs are shaved, and corrosive chemicals are painted onto their
raw skin and left to burn away the tissue for weeks. Then they are killed.
rabbits a little grace. Buy
Written by Jeff Mackey
pledged in 2005
that it would end the sale of large birds in its stores. Last month, a concerned
PETCO customer noticed that a PETCO store in his area had a white-capped pionus,
a kind of parrot, for sale. The bird had apparently spent 14 months in a cage at the store, waiting for someone to buy her.
PETCO's price tag for the bird was $799, but for some time, there was a "Manager's
Special—50% Off" sign on the cage she was in, as if this sensitive bird were
an out-of-style shirt to be placed on the clearance rack.
PETA reached out to its contact at PETCO's corporate office
and got the complainant in touch with the pet trade giant. For once, PETCO did
the right thing and allowed the person who contacted PETA to adopt the bird, since
named Tegan, for a donation to the PETCO Foundation, which provides funds for
animal welfare organizations and spay-and-neuter efforts, among other things.
Tegan now has the run (fly?) of
the house and the company of other birds. The kind man who took her in
says that Tegan is a very affectionate bird who enjoys taking showers and who spends
at least 4 to 5 hours a day riding around on his shoulder, where she seems
happiest. You can find tips on caring for birds on
our companion animals webpage.
Two important lessons emerge from this case. One:
Never hesitate to speak up
when you suspect an animal needs help.
And the other? Don't support the pet trade—shop only at pet-supply stores that don't sell live animals.
poor mother dog was so emaciated that she barely had the strength to nurse her
six puppies. She was confined to a bare wooden box located behind a pizza
parlor and was weighted down with a heavy chain.
a member of Hoovers Hause All Dog Rescue spotted one of the pups wandering near
the busy street beside the restaurant, she soon discovered the mother dog and called
the sheriff's department. But catch this: Law enforcement gave the owner two to three weeks to put weight on the
mother dog. Hoovers Hause All Dog Rescue had a better idea—the group posted
pictures of the dogs on Facebook and asked people to get the sheriff's department
to act now.
a PETA supporter alerted
us to the situation, we asked
the poster to try to persuade the owner to give the dogs over to her. Bingo! All
the dogs were whisked off to a veterinarian (likely the first time the mother
dog had ever received medical care). The rescue group paid for the mother dog's
heartworm treatment and agreed to care for her and her puppies while screening
owner had told police that the mother dog was so thin because she had been poisoned,
but with simple helpings of good food, this lucky rescued girl has already
gained 8 pounds. PETA is now urging officials to pursue cruelty charges.
If you see anything
on social-networking sites that suggests an animal could be in danger, please contact
authorities—and, if they are unresponsive, call PETA.
Written by PETA
Brrr! A cold spell
has gripped us here in Los Angeles, with night temperatures dipping down into
the 50s—much too cold for Angelenos … and for goldfish.
When the guardians of one rescued goldfish, Sadie, turned on her tank's water
heater this week, she immediately swam over to bask in the warmth, just like a
kitten seeking a sunny patch or a dog seeking a place by the fire.
A sympathetic PetSmart
employee rescued Sadie when she was deemed "valueless" because of a
genetic defect. She was born with one eye—likely caused by overbreeding, a
practice that is rampant in the hideous "pet" trade.
The employee, an aquatic animals expert who cautions that caring for fish
requires expensive equipment and frequent tank cleanings, subsequently left PetSmart
in protest over the way the retailer treats animals as if they were commodities
rather than recognizing that they are feeling individuals.
support companies such as PetSmart that put profit first—at the animals'
expense. Reputable local rescue groups and shelters
often have fish who need new homes. If you or someone you know has aquatic animals,
please also constantly check to be sure that the water temperature is in the
proper range for the animal during winter months. After all, they can't dust
off their spare blankets or snuggle up with a friend
for the night.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
We don't know how
long several horses
on a property in rural Iowa spent mired in their own waste, but when a witness
alerted PETA to their plight, the horses' barn floor was covered with manure up
to 4 feet deep in some places.
PETA's Cruelty Investigations
contacted local animal control officers immediately, and the agency forced the
property owner to improve the horses' situation. It took several visits from
law-enforcement officials, but the continued pressure was enough to convince the
owner to build a spacious new barn. The horses now have a clean, new living
space and plenty of pasture to graze.
If you notice an
animal who is forced to live in filth or who is in trouble in any way, contact police
and/or animal control, and follow up—repeatedly, if necessary—to make sure that
the animal gets help. (You can look up the number now and save it to your cell
phone or post it on your fridge to be prepared for emergencies.) If you do not
get an appropriate response, let us know.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
For the past 65 years during Yellville,
Arkansas' annual "Turkey Trot Festival," residents have hurled live turkeys out of
at high altitudes for the "pleasure" of watching the wild birds—who
naturally only fly short distances at low altitudes—drop to the Earth. Many are
badly injured or killed, and others are tackled and taken home to be eaten for
Thanksgiving dinner. But this year, not only were no turkeys tossed, two lucky
birds were also rescued and are now living in a loving home!
The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) swarmed the area, promising that any pilot caught throwing turkeys would
risk losing his or her license. Apparently, the would-be turkey-tossers decided
it wasn't worth the risk—not one turkey was dropped! PETA is also offering a $5,000 reward
(which still stands) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of
anyone caught throwing turkeys out of airplanes.
To "get back at PETA" for objecting
to this cruel tradition, one woman tried to buy two flightless, domesticated
turkeys so that she could hurl them from the roof of the town courthouse! A
PETA activist quickly intervened, warning the sellers that they would be aiding
and abetting in a crime by selling the birds for this purpose, and she convinced
them to give the birds to her instead. After getting veterinary care for one of
the birds, who had suffered injuries to her face and neck, likely from abuse, PETA
found the birds a wonderful home. Now named Lori and Walfredo, the turkeys are
living the good life on a spacious
farm with a loving family.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Look at the photo below and you'll
see her—in between the fertilizer spreader and the recycling bin. No, that's
not a stuffed rabbit in the tiny cage behind the plastic toy truck—that's a
living, breathing being consigned to a miserable, lonely existence along with
the other things people stick outside
and forget about. This rabbit was never allowed out of the cramped metal cage, and
aside from her owner's tossing her some food and water once in awhile, she
never received any attention at all.
A concerned person saw the bunny and
knew that with the harsh northern winter already knocking on the door and only
an open staircase for "shelter," the rabbit might not live to see another Easter.
She tried talking the owner into surrendering the rabbit to her, to no avail. She
called PETA for help, and working with local law enforcement, we put pressure
on the owner to provide a suitable home for the rabbit. The owner soon tired of
hearing from both PETA and the police and agreed to surrender the rabbit into her
rescuer's waiting arms.
Now the bunny is living the sweet life indoors because of one woman's
persistence and dedication to justice for animals. She is proof positive that even
if you can't change the entire world, with a little work, you can change one animal's entire world.
Written by Michelle
The first four years of Oliver's life
consisted of little more than a small patch of dirt, a metal barrel, and a heavy chain.
This sweet mixed-breed's owner gave him food and water in dirty, rusty metal
bowls—and little else. Day after day, he waited for the kind word or gentle pat
that never came.
Desperate to help the dog, a frequent passerby
made numerous calls to animal control and the local humane society but to no
avail. Faced with the onset of another harsh Midwestern winter, the man then called
PETA for help.
It took some persuasion, but we convinced
the neglectful owner
to surrender Oliver. A PETA member in the area offered to foster him until we
found an adopter, but it soon became clear to the foster "mom" that Oliver
was right where he belonged.
Now the lovable dog sleeps in bed with
his doting guardian every night. Free from the chain, he has discovered the joy
of running and makes his guardian laugh while he gleefully zips around 2 acres
of land under her watchful eye.
Oliver's story would not have had a
happy ending without the persistence of his rescuer. If you know of a chained
dog in your area, please
may be the dog's only hope.
by Michelle Sherrow
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