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USA Today Gives Shelter Animals Their Due

Written by PETA | July 16, 2010

USA Today is going to have a hard time convincing me to contribute to the new online photo album that Paw Print Post blogger Janice Lloyd is setting up to feature animals who were adopted from shelters. After all, anybody who knows me knows that there is nothing I hate more than singing the praises of my own former shelter dog, Keeley.




Oh, well, if you insist. Keeley, aka The Best Dog in the Universe, has come a long way from being the pathetic bag of bones who spent nearly a week curled up in the corner of a kennel at a shelter in rural Virginia. He was so filthy when he was brought to the shelter that the workers thought his fur was brown. After I spotted his handsome mug on, I knew that he was the dog for me. What can I say? It was love at first sight. As you can see from his photo, he has blossomed. No more hiding in corners—unless there’s a fly in the house, of course (flies are his sworn enemies).

How about you? Do you have a shelter dog or cat (or two or three) you’re just dying to brag about? Send a photo and a description of your furry bundle of joy to Janice Lloyd (and be sure to include the animal’s name in the subject line). All the cool kids are doing it.



Speaking of incurable adorableness, don’t forget to visit on August 2—that’s when the judging begins for PETA Prime’s Cutest Cat Contest. Ready, set, purr!

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Danielle says:

    After my poor kitty Fredddy passed away who I rescued from the streets I was feeling so lost and lonely. Freddy was like my soul mate in kitty form. I went to a local shelter just to look and right at the door way was the cutest sweetest laid back cat I ever laid eyes on. He was black and white just like Freddy and had a couple of extra pounds on him like Freddy. I felt an instant bond with him. The cat’s name is Jelly Belly. I spent the next two hours playing cuddling and snuggling with him. He came home with me 3 years ago and I’m so grateful he did. I always call him my Lil Angel because he helped me grieve and remember Freddy. Had I shown up just 15 mins later to the shelter an other couple was going to express interest in him. I believe it was Fate or perhaps Freddy guiding me to JellyBelly

  • Jahiegel says:

    Paw Print Post is I have long thought good reading and this the storyphoto compilation is a worthy endeavor one that will one trusts increase interest in pet adoptions but it’s suboptimal that those who visit are introduced via the blogroll to the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers’ Association with whom advocates for shelter animals areand should beoftener than not at cross purposes.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    When I was planning to adopt a dog I knew before I went to the shelter I would have trouble deciding which dog to adopt so I centered down to meditate on it and I asked God to show me my dog. Immediately the image of an all black dog with a goofy expression and a tongue reaching almost to his knees came to me. At the shelter the next day I was carefully looking for him when my husband two aisles down called “Honey! Come look at this guy!” He had arrived at the shelter 1 hour before I arrived. He had no identification. The shelter had already given him a name Hooch. Since we had to wait 72 hours to give his former owner a chance to claim him we put our names on the adoption list and went home to wait. 72 hours and 1 minute later we got a call. No one had claimed Hooch no one had even called giving a description and asking if he was there the description would have been simple. He looks like an all black border collie with a mile long tongue. I flew to the shelter and paid his bail. 24 hours later I picked him up at the vet where he had been neutered. That was 9 years ago where does the time go?! He has a pack of friends in the neighborhood he goes on walks with visits the dog park and Huntington Dog Beach goes on early morning nature walks gets really excited when he sees or hears a motorcycle because he thinks my husband is riding it until he gets a closer look is a hit with bikers at rallies he travels in the air conditionedheated support vehicle and just enjoys life! We just love him! By the way when we adopted him we gave him a new name for a new life Buck in honor of the recently deceased dog on “Married With Children.”