Celebrate International Friendship Day With These Heartwarming PETA Rescue Stories

Published by Rebecca Maness.

What does friendship mean to you? To us, it means sticking together through thick and thin. These stories of animal friends rescued by PETA show how that can be true for friends of all species, including pigs, ducks, cats, and humans.

Judy and Pete

When PETA found Judy and Pete, they were neglected, deprived of food and water, and covered with dirt and feces from being kept in a filthy outdoor shed with no access to fresh water for swimming. Now they have the freedom to do everything ducks love most, like dipping their heads underwater in their pool. PETA found a permanent loving home for these friends, where they have safe, clean shelter and everything else they need to enjoy life—together.


Three Little Pigs

After finding three little pigs who had been confined to a cramped, perpetually flooded pen in the woods, PETA’s fieldworkers huffed and puffed and found them a new home! Now these three friends are enjoying the good life, doing what pigs like most, such as exploring open fields, foraging for food, splashing in a pool, and dining on tasty treats like fresh pumpkins.

Kate and Rooney

These two beautiful calico kitties were abandoned at the doorstep of the Sam Simon Center, PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. They were at the right place, since we never turn any animals away, unlike the growing number of shelters that are refusing to accept any cats at all because they consider them less adoptable than dogs. Kate and Rooney found a new home together, where they’re loved by their new family.

Kate and Rooney were abandoned on PETA's doorstep and are available for adoption.

Storm and Rain

When Texas and Louisiana were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, PETA’s rescue team was on site to help 67 stranded dogs and cats find safety. Two of those animals were Storm and Rain, a 10-week-old pair of kittens—brother and sister—rescued from the flooding. These besties were adopted into a new, loving home, where they could play together, bask in the sun, and stay warm and dry.

Two cute kittens looking up

PETA’s rescue team helps all species of animal friends, from cats and dogs to pigs and ducks. You can support its vital work by sponsoring a custom-built doghouse to keep neglected dogs safe from the elements:

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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