Written by Jeff Mackey
Meet Boss. As you can tell, he's one happy dog:
But Boss wasn't always so happy. In fact, here he is just a
short while before:
What made the difference? One of PETA's Community Animal Project (CAP) fieldworkers noticed Boss during one of her visits to a trailer park in a
very impoverished part of North Carolina, where CAP delivers straw and signs up residents for SNIP's
Boss' owner had moved out and was paying someone to give the
dog food and water, but the "caretaker" was simply throwing food over
the top of the pen, which hadn't been raked or cleaned in some time. There was
no clean or dry place for Boss to sit or stand. Even his Igloo doghouse was
full of urine and feces, and his feet were wet, red, and irritated from
standing in his own waste.
Determined not to leave him in that miserable condition, the
fieldworker who found Boss persuaded the owner's mother to care for the dog and
then drove Boss to her house, where he rolled in the grass. "He was so
freaking happy," the fieldworker says, "I thought I was going to cry."
Please always be prepared to help animals in need and you may be rewarded with a smile that you'll never forget—like the one on Boss'
Written by Michelle Kretzer
When a police officer asks you to
do something, it’s generally a good idea to comply. And when a police officer
asks you to help animals, well that’s a no-brainer! The Virginia Beach Police
Department was routinely fielding calls in certain low-income neighborhoods
about animals getting sick because they weren’t vaccinated or shivering outdoors
with little to no shelter from the elements. The police asked PETA and the
Virginia Beach SPCA if we could all work together one weekend and help. Did we
PETA rolled out our new mobile
altered nearly 30 dogs and cats. We also handed out bundle after bundle of
straw bedding for outdoor dogs, so that they could at least have a warm place
to lie down, and signed their families up for our free doghouse delivery program. The VBSPCA
offered free rabies and distemper shots for animals who had already been spayed
and neutered, administering a whopping 250 vaccinations.
Aside from the danger of some
animals being arrested for excessive cuteness, the day was a huge success. Said
PETA vice president Daphna Nachminovitch, “We'd like
to see this example of teamwork to help stop animal suffering emulated in
cities across the country."
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.
Follow PETA on Twitter!
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.