Group Shines a Spotlight on the Many Wonderful Homeless Animals Awaiting Adoptive Families
For Immediate Release:
February 1, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Houston – In a twist on the typical “missing dog” flyer, PETA plastered areas around local pet shops with flyers showing a photograph of Jenna, who was recently advertised for adoption by Barc Animal Shelter and Adoptions and who is just one of millions of animals waiting for their “missing person” and a chance at a loving home. The ads encourage people to “be that person” and never to buy animals from breeders, who exacerbate the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis, or pet stores, which are known to acquire animals from puppy mills—massive outdoor warehouses that confine dogs in inhumane conditions for years and discard them once they’re no longer profitable.
“Millions of dogs and cats are missing a person to care for them, but you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to crack this case,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA encourages everyone to follow the clues to their local animal shelter, where a wonderful animal is just waiting for the right family to come along.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that around 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time. An estimated 10% of those end up in animal shelters, where many must eventually be euthanized for reasons including injury, illness, old age, emotional and psychological damage, and a lack of good homes. That’s why PETA advocates for adoption and urges guardians to get their animal companions spayed or neutered.