Heroic Dog Nabs PETA Award for Stopping Traffic to Rescue Guardian

For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Ottawa – A Heroic Dog Award is on its way from PETA to a local dog named Clover, who stopped traffic to get help when her guardian, Haley Moore, had a seizure during their morning walk on March 16. Clover ran out in front of a passing truck, and when the driver got out to assist Haley, Clover ran home and barked until Haley’s father and sister came to help, too.

Haley has fully recovered, and her mother, Diane Moore, tells PETA that Clover was adopted a year and a half ago—and the family loves her very much.

“Clover risked her life to help Haley,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Her heroism reminds us that many loving dogs are waiting for the right family to adopt them, and PETA encourages anyone with the ability and resources to care for an animal to visit their local shelter.”

Around 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time. An estimated 10% of them end up in animal shelters, where many must eventually be euthanized for various reasons, including injury, illness, old age, emotional or psychological damage, and a lack of good homes. That’s why PETA advocates for adoption and urges guardians to have their animal companions spayed or neutered.

PETA is sending the Moore family a framed certificate along with a “doggie bag” of toys and vegan treats for Clover and the two other dogs in the family to enjoy.

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 or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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