Homeless Pups Star in ‘Poochella’

PETA to Host Multishelter Adopt-a-Thon With Free Veggie Burgers, Vendors, and Canine Pals in Need of Homes at Riverside Dog Park

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Nine other Hampton Roads–area animal shelters will appear at Poochella—a family-friendly adoption festival hosted by PETA, which will be held in Bea Arthur Dog Park on the Elizabeth River this Saturday. There will be free grilled Ultimate Beefless Burgers donated by Gardein for the human attendees, vendors—including Loveless Soap and Fruitive—and dozens of pups in all shapes and sizes, each one eager to find the perfect person to take him or her home.

When:    Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Where:    The Bea Arthur Dog Park at PETA’s Sam Simon Center, 501 Front St., Norfolk

Shelters participating in the regional event—which PETA will be live-tweeting via @PETA—include Chesapeake Animal Services, the Chesapeake Humane Society, Isle of Wight County Animal Control & Shelter, the Norfolk Animal Care Center, the Norfolk SPCA, the Virginia Beach SPCA, Partners Among Cats and Canines, the Portsmouth Humane Society, and the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter.

“PETA’s Poochella festival offers a chance for everyone with room for another family member to meet wonderful local dogs who desperately need someone to love them and take them home,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Our regional shelters are bursting at the seams with homeless dogs, and this is one way to showcase some of those for whom a helping hand could be a lifesaving proposition.

Every year, animal shelters across the U.S. are forced to euthanize millions of cats and dogs for lack of suitable homes. Countless other animals are abandoned to fend for themselves outdoors. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages all guardians to have their companion animals spayed and neutered and never to buy them from breeders or pet stores, which only exacerbate the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis.

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