Written by Alisa Mullins
Bea, the extremely cute
dog we told you about last month?
we featured her on this blog and on our Facebook page, a kind woman spotted her irresistible mug and, well,
couldn't resist it. But what really sealed the deal was the fact that Bea was
the woman's grandmother's name, so she figured that adopting this winsome
little gal was "meant to Bea."
only hitch in the plan? The adoptive family lives in Massachusetts, 550 miles
from Bea's foster home near PETA's headquarters, the Sam Simon Center in
Norfolk, Virginia. But PETA fieldworker Kelly Kercheval rose to the challenge
and volunteered to make the 12-hour drive to Bea's new home. Fortunately, the
pup proved to be an eager traveler and seemed to relish the chance to relax and
see the sights.
now has a spacious new 1-acre fenced yard that she enjoys running around in.
She has three canine siblings to play with and has already claimed the prime
real estate on the couch. Her family reports that she loves having her tummy scratched more than just about anything else in the world.
What You Can Do
If you are
interested in adopting an animal, visit your local shelter or keep an eye on
this blog for available animals. E-mail Adopt@peta.org if you would like to
be added to our list of potential adopters.
little Olivia was a 5-pound skeleton with fur when a man found her wandering
outside the warehouse where he works, just a few miles from PETA's headquarters at the Sam Simon Center in Norfolk, Virginia. She was suffering from an apparent sinus infection, which
had caused her cheeks to balloon to the point that her eyes were just slits and
she could barely see. On top of that, she was so weakened and anemic from prolonged,
severe malnutrition that she was only a day or two away from needing a blood
rushed her to a veterinarian, and with round-the-clock care, she beat the odds
and pulled through. She's now recuperating at PETA's Sam Simon Center, where she is already feeling well enough to display a
natural aptitude for the Cat
you are interested in opening your home to a feline companion, Olivia comes
highly recommended: PETA staffers bill her as a 3- to 4-year-old sweetie pie
who gets along well with other friendly cats. No one claimed Olivia through the
lost-and-found report that we filed, even though she obviously once had a home (she has been spayed and declawed), and she will be
vaccinated and microchipped before she is adopted out.
Does Olivia sound like she could
be your new best friend? Send an e-mail to Adopt@peta.org to find out more or
to fill out an adoption application.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
We can now add Suffolk, Virginia, to the growing list of
cities that recognize that dogs deserve better than life on a chain—something that
PETA has been advocating for a long time.
In January, when Suffolk Council Member Mike
Duman initially proposed a tethering ban, he met with resistance. But two short months
later, the council voted to ban chaining completely. How did this reversal
wrote to council members and got our friend the comedian Wanda Sykes, who is from Virginia,
to do the same. Daphna
Nachminovitch, our vice president of cruelty
investigations, raised awareness about the issue by writing a blog for a local
And we asked Alice Conner to share with the
council the story of her 2-year-old
cousin who was killed by dogs in Suffolk who
became aggressive after being chained for
Local PETA members and residents also
weighed in. And our message got through loud and clear.
Community Animal Project staff members receive more calls
about abused and neglected chained dogs in Suffolk than in any other area
surrounding the Sam Simon Center, our Virginia headquarters. As of September 1,
2013, Suffolk residents who do this to their dogs will face fines!
We thank Mike Duman, Alice Conner, Wanda
Sykes, and all the other compassionate people who helped make the Suffolk
tethering ban a reality. Now, with the help of Sykes and
actor Patton Oswalt,
we are working with Newport
News, one of the two remaining
cities in the region that still don't restrict or ban chaining, to improve
living conditions for its dog population.
If you would like to help get a chaining ban passed
in your hometown, we offer a wealth of resources.
Written by Jeff Mackey
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.
athletes don't do anything halfway. So studly New York Jets safety Bret Lockett wasn't content simply to
pose with a strategically placed faux-leather football for his PETA anti-fur campaign. Instead, he decided to
play spread offense and turn his ad unveiling into a whole weekend. First, he
helped PETA dedicate our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters to longtime supporter
and Hollywood heavyweight Sam
that evening, Bret hosted an unveiling party at Hampton Roads hotspot the
Granby Theater, greeted fans, and talked about why fur should be sidelined. "What
really hurt me was when I saw that an animal was still able to move and lift [his] head up
after he was completely skinned," he said. "It
brought tears to my eyes."
© Charles Long Photography/PETA
the next night, he went with the PETA gang to laugh aloud as Bill Maher made fun of hunters and
other animal abusers in his stand-up performance. All weekend, wherever he
went, Bret dined on vegan food, sported PETA T-shirts, and enthusiastically discussed
animal rights issues with fans who approached him.
easy to see why No. 26 is No. 1 for animals.
PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters
has a new moniker—the Sam Simon Center—in honor of entertainment giant Sam
Simon, the multiple Emmy
Award–winning co-creator of The Simpsons and the writing genius behind
hit shows like Taxi, Barney
Miller, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Drew Carey
Show, and Charlie Sheen's new FX series, Anger Management. Accompanied by a
Dixieland jazz band, Simon arrived by boat to cut the ribbon at a dedication ceremony today, which was
also attended by New York Jets safety Bret Lockett and other luminaries, including the glamorous Jennifer Tilly, TV host and producer Mark Thompson, and World Series of
Poker champion Phil Laak.
Simon, who serves on PETA's
Executive Committee, has been a vegetarian since he was 19 and a vegan
since joining PETA years later. He is known for his
work with The Sam Simon
Foundation, which rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to help
soldiers who return from war with physical and mental trauma. He attacks
animal homelessness at its roots by sponsoring spay and neuter surgeries in
low-income areas of Los Angeles. He also helped PETA launch our newest mobile spay-and-neuter clinic
and hosts annual PETA fundraisers at his home in L.A.
Perhaps because he works in the entertainment industry, the
plight of animals in entertainment is especially close to Simon's heart. He is
an outspoken opponent of cruelty in circuses, roadside zoos, and marine
parks, and he recently attended a PETA news conference with Bob Barker to call
attention to the plight of
animals on TV and movie sets. "[I]f you can't afford the CGI [computer-generated imagery], either do a
rewrite," he said, "or do a cartoon show like I did."
Simon once donated his fee for an episode of The Drew
Carey Show to PETA because
the plot involved greyhound
racing, and he felt that he could not in good conscience keep the money. As if he's not
busy enough, Simon also hosts a weekly Friday Internet radio show on Radioio.com in which he always keeps animal issues in the spotlight.
"Sam Simon may be a big Hollywood figure, but it's his
big heart that makes him a PETA soulmate," said PETA President Ingrid E.
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