Have You Hugged Your Dog Today? PETA Marks National Dog Day With Video of Rescued Pups Meeting Their New Families

For Immediate Release:
August 24, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – National Dog Day is August 26, and PETA is celebrating the best way we know how: with a heartwarming video showing the tail-wagging moments when dogs who were once abused and neglected first meet their adoptive guardians—kicking off new lives filled with good food, cozy beds, long walks, and lots of love.

The pups in the video—from Justice and Cora, both of whom were discovered by PETA fieldworkers and had deeply embedded collars that caused their necks to become infected, to Chickpea the Chihuahua and her puppy, Potato, who were put up for sale alongside trinkets and toasters at a yard sale—are thriving in their new homes under the care of devoted guardians.

“These dogs’ new leases on life mean that they’re treated like canine kings and queens every day of the year,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “At the heart of PETA’s video is the message that people should have their companion animals spayed or neutered and always adopt them from shelters—never buy them from breeders or pet stores.”

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and more details about the animals’ rescue stories are available here.

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