Dog Rescued by PETA Is a Real Rock Star

Published by Alisa Mullins.

You would never guess it to look at him now, but this rock-star handsome terrier mix didn’t always have the luxurious blond shag that earned him the hair-band moniker Bon Jovi.

In fact, before he was rescued by PETA, every day was a bad hair day for Bon Jovi.

Bon Jovi with matted hair in crate before being rescued

When our fieldworkers met him, the energetic young dog was being forced to live inside a cramped crate—mired in his own waste—and was so filthy and matted that most of his fur had to be shaved off.

Easy-going Bon Jovi isn’t one to make rock-star demands, but his impoverished owner realized that she didn’t have the means to provide him with proper care and agreed to allow PETA to find him a new home where he can get the star treatment he deserves.

Terrier mix Bon Jovi after being rescued by PETA

Gracious and eager to engage with “fans” of all species and sizes, Bon Jovi’s matinee-idol good looks are matched by his sparkling personality. He is also as sharp as a C# guitar chord and reportedly even figured out how to let himself out of his crate—his actions saying louder than the lyrics of a heartbreaking ballad that he was desperate to escape the loneliness and isolation of confinement to a cage.

Bon Jovi, a dog rescued by PETA

Bon Jovi has already seen how some people can give love a bad name, so now he’s livin’ on a prayer that a loving family will say these five words to him: “I’ll be there for you.” If you have a bed of roses with Bon Jovi’s name on it, we’d love to hair all about it at [email protected].

Bon Jovi out for a walk on his harness

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind