peta2 Holds Star-Studded ‘Blankets For Shelters’ Drive

Kids and Teens Brought Supplies for Homeless Animals and Got a Chance to Meet Their Favorite Animal-Loving Stars 

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2013

Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382

Los Angeles — On Thursday evening, some of Hollywood’s hottest and kindest young stars teamed up with peta2 and PETA Kids—PETA’s youth and child divisions—for a fun-filled event to benefit the homeless animals in Los Angeles Animal Services’ shelters. Kids who brought an old blanket, towel, leash, collar, or other supplies to PETA’s Bob Barker Building joined peta2 supporters Fivel Stewart, Pia Toscano, Christian Serratos, Haley Pullos, Bret Lockett of the N.Y. Jets, and others as they made catnip-filled toys, learned about other ways to help homeless animals, and more. Attendees were also treated to a very special live performance by Renee Olstead of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and an appearance by famed entertainer Randall, author of Honey Badger Don’t Care.

Photos of Thursday’s event are available here.

“Kids are constantly asking peta2 and PETA Kids what they can do to help animals,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “We’re teaching teach this new generation of animal advocates that everyone can make a difference—whether it’s by adopting a homeless animal, volunteering at a local animal shelter, or encouraging friends and family always to spay and neuter their dogs and cats.”

Every year in the U.S., more than 6 to 8 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats enter animal shelters, and more than half of them must be euthanized because there are not enough homes for them. To help, PETA Kids and peta2 encourages all families to always spay and neuter their dogs and cats—the only way to stop the companion animal overpopulation crisis at its roots—and to always adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters, rather than buying them from breeders and pet stores that contribute to the problem.

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