OK, I’ll admit it—Mr. Peanut looked pretty sharp (who doesn’t look good in a monocle?), but the real stars of last month’s annual Virginia Peanut Festival parade were PETA’s new mobile Animal Birth Control Clinic and the plucky ‘pups’ who walked alongside it. They were there to spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering animal companions and to offer the services of our low- to no-cost clinic to the thousands of low-income families in attendance. The peanut-loving people of Emporia swarmed us to sign up their dogs and cats to be sterilized. Participating in a nutty parade (both figuratively and literally nutty) and doing something to stop thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens from being born—I’d say that’s a pretty sweet way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Written by Amy Elizabeth