Runaway K9 and His Sister Get ‘Stay Put’ Incentives With ‘Happy Dog’ Coupons

PETA Sends Dogs Interesting Goody Bag Meant to Prevent Future Free-Roaming Escapades

For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Fairfax County, Va. – After learning that K9 trainee Browser and his sister Piper ran away from their home this week—and fortunately returned home late that night—PETA’s Washington, D.C., office is sending them a “doggie’s dream” care package that will hopefully have them loving their home life so much that they won’t be tempted to head for the hills again. The package contains toys, dog treats, and a copy of the book Let’s Have a Dog Party! by PETA President Ingrid Newkirk for their guardian, which features fun coupons that dogs can “cash in” for walks, hikes, trips to the beach, and more—keeping them entertained and helping them burn energy.

“Providing dogs with treats, toys, exercise, and lots of stimulation is an easy way to help them feel contented and like part of the family,” says Newkirk. “PETA hopes this gift basket will make Browser and Piper so happy that they’ll be glad to stay with their guardian and retire their Houdini act.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—offers tips on caring for dogs, including never chaining them up outside and always making sure that they receive enough exercise, socialization, good food, and veterinary treatment. The group encourages anyone with the time, willingness, ability, and resources to care for an animal to adopt one from a shelter rather than contributing to the homeless-animal crisis by buying one from a breeder or a pet store.

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