5-Year-Old Nabs PETA Award for Saving Dog From House Fire

Noah Woods Ran Back Into His Burning Bedroom to Get His Dog to Safety

For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Bartow County, Ga. – A Hero to Animals Award is on its way from PETA to 5-year-old Noah Woods, who saved his entire family—including his dog—from a house fire on February 9.

Noah woke up to discover that the bedroom he shared with his 2-year-old sister was on fire, so he grabbed her and climbed out the window. He went back into the burning house to retrieve his dog and then ran next door to get his uncle, and together, they woke up the rest of the family of nine.

“In the face of a life-threatening fire, Noah stayed calm and made sure that every member of his family was safe, including his dog,” says PETA Director of Student Campaigns and Influence Rachelle Owen. “PETA hopes his kindness and bravery will inspire people of all ages to remember their animal companions during emergencies.”

PETA reminds all animal guardians to have an emergency plan for their animal companions, including having carriers ready in case of fires or other emergencies. Families are encouraged to watch PETA’s fire-safety video and post signs on their doors and windows in order to alert rescue workers to the presence of dogs, cats, and other animal companions in the home. Guardians can order stickers from the PETA Shop or make their own.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.


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