Reduce Your Anxiety: See This Dog’s New Life After the Beirut Explosion (PETA Video)

For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – A University of Leeds study shows that watching “cute” videos of animals can lower stress and anxiety, so here’s one for you.

When PETA U.K. rescuer Theodora (Theo) Iona landed in Beirut after the August 4 explosion, she soon met Arrow, an elderly, malnourished, and desperately thirsty dog who was tied up outdoors with no food or water and living in a hole that he’d dug under a metal shed in order to escape the burning hot sun. But as a new PETA video released today shows, Arrow’s life changed when Theo persuaded his owner to let her find him a new home—and what a home it is.

After providing Arrow with vaccinations and deworming and flea treatments and getting him neutered, Theo took him to his new adoptive family high in the mountains above Beirut, where he now relishes running and playing with three other dogs in a spacious yard—and where he’ll never again be chained up or miss his dinner.

“A life on the end of a chain is no life at all for any dog, and thanks to a PETA U.K. rescuer, this dear old dog has a real home at last,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes his story inspires people everywhere to speak up when they see a neglected animal—you can make a world of difference for a dog in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. More information about the group is available at

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