Dog to Receive PETA Award for Saving Guardian’s Life

Rescued Mutt Will Be Honored With Goody Bag for Alerting Neighbor to Human Friend's Distress

For Immediate Release:
October 30, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Toledo, Ohio – A Heroic Mutt Award with a congratulatory goody bag from PETA is on its way to mixed-breed rescued dog Tiger honoring him for quick action in saving the life of his guardian, Todd Kibbey. Tiger, who reportedly never leaves home on his own, raced to seek help from a neighbor when Kibbey experienced a sudden medical emergency and became unconscious. Because of Tiger’s persistence in alerting someone who could help, Kibbey was taken to the hospital and treated and is now recovering at home.

To honor Tiger’s determination and bravery, PETA is sending him and Kibbey a framed certificate, a letter of congratulations, and a “doggie bag” containing an eco-friendly squeaky toy, a Nylabone, a comfortable harness to wear on walks, and a box of vegan dog treats.

“As Tiger demonstrated by leaps and bounds, dogs are intelligent members of the family who show the same selfless devotion for loved ones that human beings do in emergencies,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Shelters are overflowing with lovable dogs like Tiger, and PETA hopes his clever and loving act will inspire people eager to open their home to a new animal friend to head to their local shelter.”

PETA’s gift is an acknowledgment of the many rewards of sharing our lives with animal companions—and the importance of valuing their devotion by becoming the best guardians possible. The group—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages anyone with the time, willingness, ability, and resources to care for a dog properly to adopt from a shelter rather than contributing to the homeless-animal crisis by buying from a breeder or a pet store.

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