Jessimae Peluso Sounds Off on Animal Adoption

Comedian Teams Up With peta2 to Bring Pro-Adoption Message to Fans

For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New YorkJessimae Peluso—comedian and former star of MTV’s Girl Code—takes on breeders and the importance of animal adoption and diligent animal care in a hilarious interview with peta2, PETA’s youth division. In the video, available here, Peluso—guardian to two lovable rescued pups—asks fans to head to their local animal shelters rather than patronizing cruel pet shops and breeders.

“‘How much is that puppy in the window?’ It’s too much!” says Peluso in the exclusive video. “Walk away. You’re paying five grand for a poor little dog that has all sorts of health problems that it didn’t ask for.” She goes on to encourage animal guardians to take their canines on regular walks and shower them with attention, as many would-be guardians “don’t understand the amount of work that goes into taking care of them.”

Six to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year in the U.S., and half of them have to be euthanized simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them. peta2, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” asks caring people to adopt animals from local shelters and never buy them from pet stores or breeders.

Peluso joins a growing list of celebrities—including MisterWives, Manchester Orchestra, Steve Aoki, and Ryan Sheckler—who’ve teamed up with peta2 to promote kindness to animals.

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