Don’t Tell Me Dogs Can’t Smile

Published by PETA.

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 spay-and-neuter program.

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.”

How You Can Help ‘Outdoor Dogs’ Like Boss

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’ face!

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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