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Irene Survivor Mr. Jones Adapts

Written by PETA | August 30, 2011

To everyone who has requested news of the poor dog we showed you in “A Helluva Night for Animals“—the dog who wandered into a firehouse early on Sunday morning after Hurricane Irene hit Norfolk—well, Mr. Jones is adapting nicely, thank you! Here he is on a cushy bed in PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch’s office, chilling between meals and snacks and pats and walks in PETA’s Bea Arthur Dog Park. We have located his former guardian and had a real chin-wag with him. Mr. Jones will be re-homed elsewhere, and we already have a prospect. Also headed for a new home is this angel, whom you will recognize from “A Helluva Night for Animals.” Nikita’s “guardian” had an excuse as to why he was left in a pen alone with basically nothing to protect him from the elements (and boy, were there elements!) for three days but has signed him over for adoption too. Nikita will be neutered on our mobile clinic tomorrow!

One more storm story that you might wish to hear about: Our neighbors and friends at Newport News Animal Services called us for assistance, and although the tunnel from Norfolk to Newport News was closed because of the storm, we had a fieldworker, Misty Collins, on their side of the peninsula who went out to help. In one yard, there were 12 dogs and puppies simply left behind during the hurricane. The area is a flood zone, and the tide was rising quickly. Some were tied up; some were running loose. We got everyone except five puppies who were so terrified that they fled under a deck. Because of the danger, the police determined that we had to leave the area immediately. Misty begged for five more minutes to try to get the puppies. The crawl space was so small that she couldn’t reach them, so she quickly flung open the garage door and left the gate wide open so that the pups had an escape route, then all humans were ordered out. First thing in the morning, when the storm had passed and the water had receded sufficiently, Misty drove to the house again. All five pups were safe and dry. Animal control picked them up and cruelty-to-animals charges are now pending.

Remember all those dogs now called “Katrina”? Well, there’s a new storm in town. Or, now, out of town―thank goodness.


Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk

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  • James Macdonald says:

    We are told that everything happens for a reason, and when i read stories like this i wonder why this was meant, and how people can leave animals to suffer. I hope one day i will see the whole picture and realise everything isnt as bad as it seems!!!

  • Athena says:

    PETA- thank god we have you guys. you are amazing people!

  • Lana Richter says:

    Your work and goodwill needs to be commended!!!! truly brings tears to my eyes

  • Jill Mortimer says:

    You are WONDERFUL people. Thank you. I am writing this from South Africa from where I have been thinking so much of the animals in this terrible storm.

  • Trudy Getler says:

    What kind of person leave a defenseless animal tied up in a flood zone or even abandon them during a hurricane? those people do not deserve to have animals and hopefully the fines and punishment will fit. Mega thanks to Misty and all those who helped.

  • Yoslin says:

    I am so happy for all the good news after all this tragedy 🙂

  • Loreto says:

    what you do is amazing, all of you are…thanks God you exist 🙂

  • Chantal Biner says: you guys are amazing – from switzerland

  • Darcy says:

    Peoples ignorance still astounds me to this day. WHO LEAVES DEFENSLESS ANIMALS TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES THEN RUN AWAY? Thank God for you all at PETA! And Misty,I would have been right there with you!!! Thank you for your bravery!!!!

  • Lisa - Animal Lover says:

    First & foremost a HUGE, HUGE THANK YOU to Misty, PETA & to ALL those out there that have helped rescue animals, it’s people like you that gives me some glimmer of hope that humans aren’t all evil (but most of them are). Second to those that leave their animals behind, they don’t deserve to have them in the first place. I have to say that if I was in that situation I can tell you I would NEVER leave my animals behind, if I couldn’t take them I would stay there with them even if it meant my life. They will never know the feeling of being alone, NEVER! They love me unconditionally & I love them unconditionally. I just don’t get it? If humans care so little about their animals & are willing to leave them behind then why would they have them in the first place????? For the hero’s & angels that are out there … WAY TO GO … YOU ROCK!!!! We need more of you.

  • Kiki says:

    He was sooooooooo lucky to find the firemen. His pervious owners sound like total losers, anyway! I’m sure he didn’t want to go back to them, either!!!

  • Toni S says:

    I have known Misty for many years. She is one of the toughest, smartest, and bravest women I have ever met. If anyone could save an animal during a hurricane, it’s Misty. PETA – I hope you know how lucky you are to have her on your team!

  • Jaume Rivell says:

    What would the animals do without PETA! You are all angels and heroes!! Viva la PETA!

  • Alex says:

    I don’t believe in God, but I believe in angels like Peta is.

  • Patricia Walker-Moran says:

    Having done animal rescue on a much smaller scale for many years, I have great respect and gratitude for all that you do.

  • ilje says:

    this is soooooo fantastic! it’s good to here positive stories too and not just how freaking human beings abuse and destroy animals …. thanks PETA

  • Jasmin Vermaak says:

    Breaks my heart to know people are so cruel and ignorant as to leave defenseless animals to brave that storm! Thank You Misty and Peta and all the animal loving souls who do everything they can – for an animal. Much respect from an animal lover in South Africa.

  • animal lover says:

    You are all our heros.

  • Ev says:

    So uplifting to hear about these rescues. I hope justice is served on the negligent, heartless ex-owners. Nice job, Misty and everyone who stuck their necks out to help the helpless.

  • Fred Montez says:

    my heart breaks every time I read about the poor pets that are left behind during disasters like this recent hurricane how could anyone leave them behind I just want to say that its an amazing thing that when these pets are left behind then rescued after that they are so greatful and still willing to love unconditionally I don’t think I could live with myself knowing that I had left something so precious behind knowing that something so dear that would love me and rescue me if it could had been left behind.Thank you for all you Do PETA may God Bless you all.

  • Pat Doe says:

    Wish I could be there to help. You guys are fantastic. I was watching the news before the storm hit and was very proud of a FEMA guy, who stated do this, do this, and make sure your animals are taken care of. I was so impressed with him I wish I could remember his name. Thanks again for all you do.

  • Jean Connor says:

    I have the most gorgeous loving labrador called Bobby. Great work to all who saved these loving babies

  • Maria says:

    Bless you for helping those beautiful animals.

  • ponylady says:

    I cannot believe that people are so heartless! Poor babies. THank you for updating us on your great rescues! THank you Misty for being a dog angel hero!

  • S says:

    P.S. Mr Jones is super-cute. He will make some kind person a lovely companion

  • S says:

    Heroes! How can anyone leave their animals behind? How selfish can you be? Good work PETA.

  • Becky Merritt says:

    Thank God for people like Misty and all the rest of you. I truly appreciate your cause and all you do for our animals.

  • I love my dogs says:

    Thank you so much for rescuing and caring for these dogs. Thank you for getting them away from their horrible situations – from people who obviously don’t have a clue. I hope you distribute their names to local shelters (and pet stores) so they can never get another pet. Dogs deserve better!!

  • Gloria Lemos says:

    Thanks for getting back to us about our canine pals. I was also horrified to see that some people evacuated, leaving their tiny dog tied to a lawn chair outside in the rain. Fortunately, more humane people found this pet and saved it. I look the ones who have been abused or abandoned by others. Amazing how much love they still have to share with us. I adopt as many as I can and take the others to our local ASPCA.

  • Klara says:

    Wonderful people you are! Thank you for your job!

  • Klara says:

    Wonderful people you are! Thank you for your job!

  • Sharon Nunez (Jamaica) says:

    Very good wrok PETA and i applaud all the animal lovers out there who would risk there life for an animal…i could never go anywhere knowing that my animals are not ok..i look at my dogs and i would die first before i could leave

  • yvonne spaderna says:

    for the dogs – they need help

  • Sue Heeley says:

    Very well done to all of you. The stories of the way animals were just abandonded defy belief. Those irresponsible owners should be banned for life for keeping pets.

  • Dierdre Louise Howard Norlander says:

    Thanks to everyone who is helping these poor little angels, I don´t know how people could leave their pets,I would never I would help any animal.Good Luck to you all!

  • Lil mama says:

    Thank you Misty for being the person you are! I wish I could’ve been there to help you!

  • Absorbing Life says:

    Poor babies! Thank you for being so diligent in your rescue efforts.