San Antonio Students Receive peta2 Award for Saving Homeless, Dying Dog

Five High School Students Raise Thousands of Dollars for Animal's Care

For Immediate Release:
April 29, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Antonio – Courtesy of peta2, PETA’s youth division, Hero to Animals awards are on their way to five San Antonio high school students who rescued a sick dog—now named Londyn—near their school. The young men gave the emaciated canine water and cared for her until help could arrive—and they considered their job far from finished even after she was rushed to the veterinarian. To cover the cost of the dog’s treatment, the teenagers held a fundraiser and surpassed their goal of $2,500 in just a few days. Londyn is now recovering in foster care and receiving the medical attention that she needs.

In addition to receiving framed certificates, the students—Brandon Noriega, Roland Bazan, Joseph Rangel, Ivan Zarate, and Luis Villanueva—will also be featured on peta2’s website.

“By taking action when animals are danger, reporting cruelty, and rushing injured animals to safety, anyone can make a difference,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “peta2 hopes the boundless compassion shown by these young men will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need.”

Not every dog is as lucky as Londyn—millions of abandoned, unwanted animals are left to languish on the streets every year. For every puppy or kitten purchased from a breeder or pet store, a dog or cat in an animal shelter loses his or her chance at finding a home. The best way to help dogs and cats is to adopt and never buy—and, of course, always spay and neuter.

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