For Immediate Release:
April 28, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Newark, N.J. – A Hero to Animals Award from PETA is on its way to 14-year-old Sir Darius Brown, who has created and donated more than 600 bowties for dogs and cats waiting in animal shelters to wear in photos and when meeting prospective adopters—and his goal is to reach shelters in all 50 states. “I wanted to do what I could to help dogs and cats get adopted,” he told PETA. “I think all animals deserve a loving home.” In 2018, Brown received a commendation from former President Barack Obama for his “commitment to community service.”
“Sir Darius Brown’s huge heart has helped countless animals win the hearts of their future families,” says PETA Director Rachelle Owen. “PETA is recognizing his creativity, commitment, and all-around heroism for animals, and we hope he inspires others to take action.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—points out that approximately 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time. The group joins Sir Darius in urging families to adopt from shelters instead of buying animals from breeders or pet stores and to treat four-legged family members to toys, good food, exercise, and affection.