PETA to Premiere Free Dog- and Cat-Care Class in Newport News

Expert Fieldworkers Will Share Important Tidbits on Animal Care and Behavior, Grooming, Keeping Animals Safe and Happy, and More

For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Newport News, Va. – The tragic but preventable death of a dog, Chaos, in Newport News who hanged himself on a chain has prompted PETA to offer a free animal companion care class in the city. The class will cover a variety of topics, including what dogs try to tell us with their body language, why flea collars are ineffective and dangerous, why cats scratch, how to make toys more stimulating for active dogs, signs your animal needs veterinary care, and more.

When:   Saturday, September 20, 1–2 p.m.

Where:  Midtown Community Center, Rm. 104, 570 McLawhorne Dr. (off Jefferson Avenue), Newport News

There will also be door prizes, coupons for low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, free guides on dog and cat care, and more.

“This free class being offered by PETA will help people with everyday companion-animal questions and problems and teach basic care and understanding that can save an animal’s life and make our own lives easier,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Dogs and cats require daily attention and affection, and that includes everything from regular trips to the veterinarian to active playtime.”

Every year, PETA’s fieldworkers respond to reports of dogs and cats in Newport News who have been left to starve, freeze, or suffer from illness or injury in the backyards of people who don’t know how (or don’t care) to care for them properly. In addition to offering this educational opportunity, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is calling on Newport News to join every other city in Hampton Roads in banning or restricting the cruel, dangerous practice of continuously chaining dogs.

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