One Rescued Dog’s Stunning Transformation

In December 2014, PETA responded to a call about an “aggressive” dog. But instead we found Coco, a sweet girl who was severely emaciated, neglected, and penned outside 24/7.

Emaciated Backyard Dog

After her owners called us to surrender Coco, we rushed her to a veterinarian. She was anemic, riddled with parasites, and about half her ideal weight. But all that changed after Virginia Beach SPCA and PETA helped her find a “forever” family.

Thanks to PETA’s fieldworkers and her new loving family, Coco is finally getting the love that she deserves.

Coco the Pitbull Getting Love

If Coco’s story inspired you, share this page with a friend. If you want to help the countless dogs who are forced to live outside 24/7 in all weather extremes, check out PETA’s tips on passing animal-friendly legislation.

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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