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‘Fixing’ Animal Homelessness the Right Way

Written by PETA | February 7, 2011

After reading the last few posts about animal homelessness, euthanasia, and hoarding, some people might be wondering what they can do to help. Perhaps a few of you have even considered starting your own animal rescue group. If so, thank you for caring so deeply, but please—help us focus attention on stemming the flow.

Think of it this way: The animal overpopulation crisis is like water flooding into a sinking ship. We don’t need more people bailing; we need to fix the gaping hole in the bottom of the boat! When it comes to ending animal homelessness, the most humane and sustainable solution is to pour our time, money, and effort into having animals spayed and neutered. Preventing more animals from being born stops the problem at its source. Here are some creative ways that we can work toward a no-birth nation: 

Another crucial component of ending animal homelessness is educating the public about why it’s so important to adopt animals instead of buying them from pet shops or breeders. If you are considering adding a cat or dog to your family, your decision will literally mean life or death for an animal waiting in an animal shelter. If you choose to buy from a breeder or a pet store, an animal at the local shelter must be euthanized. Please, always choose to save a life by adopting your animal companions from animal shelters or reputable adoption groups.

PETA has teamed up with dozens of celebrities—including Justin BieberYvonne StrahovskiLance BassKellan LutzJoanna KrupaAudrina PatridgePatricia Arquette, and others—for pro-adoption public service announcements (PSAs). You can help encourage people to adopt animals, never buy, by sponsoring or obtaining free placement for one of these PSAs in a newspaper or magazine.

Thank you for caring. Animals like these are counting on compassionate people like you:

Like so many other rabbits, Bobbi was acquired on a whim and surrendered after her owners discovered how much time and effort are required to care for a rabbit. PETA found Bobbi a loving home, and she now enjoys playing with three other rabbits and sleeping in a bed with her new family.


One freezing day, PETA’s straw-delivery volunteers found Sunday living in filth and mud, tethered by a chain that was only a few feet long. Sunday perked up immediately after PETA’s volunteers gave him a doghouse and replaced the short chain with a new, lightweight tie-out.


Julie was once trapped at the end of a chain—one of the worst punishments possible for a dog, especially a collie—but PETA’s fieldworkers convinced her owners to surrender her and helped place her in a wonderful home with a family who adores her.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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  • Jesse says:

    And when all your spayed and neutered shelter dogs die of disease and old age what will you do without breeders? Stop breeding and yes, one day all homeless animals will have homes, but now that they are all spayed and neutered, we have no more dog reproduction, therefore, the extinction of dogs. Only irresponsible backyard breeders along with puppy mills need to be stopped. Those breeding to truly better the breed are the careful breeders who are against overbreeding and inbreeding. We will always need breeding, but the real reason dogs end up in the shelter is irresponsible pet owners.

  • Animal Advocate says:

    I am hoping you will sign and share my anti-breeding, pro-spaying/neutering/adoption petition. There is no such thing as responsible breeding, as long as millions of adoptable dogs and cats are being killed in our nations’ shelters, due to a lack of homes.

  • lynda chabane says:

    Dont get a dog if you are going to chain it up outside in all weathers for its life!!!!!!

  • Michelle says:

    How ironic that I came across this today. I have been on the web the last two days looking to adopt a pet.

  • Abe says:

    Let’s wish and hope the pain that these people are conveying on these animals, one day will come back to them!

  • Linda says:

    Why don’t the people who have Sunday let Peta take her.  Jesus, this drives me crazy when they are left outside and tied up.  

  • roxanne says:

    i just started doing TNR , i am also involved in a protest against a new pet store that sells puppies.  i am disappointed that many acvitists and animal lovers are being maniupulated by center of consumer freedom, petpac and nathan winograd.  we need to stop breeding and selling animals.  this is what needs to be stopped before the killing of homelessnes pets stops.  very sad.

  • Ania says:

    People are idiots :/

  • Michelle Oxenham says:

    Animal overpopulation crisis?  Not happy to see the words ‘animals’ and ‘overpopulation’ in the same sentence.  Yes, there is a problem with increasing numbers of displaced animals, and this sickens me, but when I think of the word overpopulation – humans come to mind. It is overpopulation of humans, and subsequent wide spread ignorance, which causes animal suffering in the first place.

  • m. manning says:


    i had an idea for population control-maybe pay certain vets a set amount a year to spay the strays or animals whom have owners without enough money to get them spayed or give vets that do work for population control endorsements or recommendations.

  • nancy says:

    As always, thank you PETA for helping these animals. I’ll try to help too.