Truck Driver/Artist Hits the Road With Animal Adoption Message

Arnulfo Gonzalez Helps PETA Combat Homeless-Animal Overpopulation Crisis With 'Adoption Is Love' Truck Artwork

For Immediate Release:
August 15, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – As part of its “Let’s Fix L.A.” program, which focuses on stamping out animal homelessness through spay/neuter surgeries and adoption, PETA has teamed up with local artist and truck driver Arnulfo Gonzalez—who uses the back of his dirty truck as a canvas—for a moving piece featuring his adopted Chihuahua, Sparky, with the message, “Adoption Is Love.”

“Gonzalez’s heartwarming drawing reminds drivers that adopting an animal from a shelter is often a road to happiness,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “His creativity and artistic prowess will go a long way in helping PETA protect animals in the City of Angels.”

Every year, tens of thousands of animals end up in shelters across Los Angeles and many may end up being euthanized because there are too many animals and not enough good homes for them all. . And countless dogs and cats are abandoned on the streets, where they are often hit by cars, abused by cruel people, or attacked by other animals and are vulnerable to disease or starvation. The solution is prevention through spaying and neutering. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that breeding or buying dogs instead of adopting them is a form of speciesism (discrimination against and exploitation of “others”).

PETA’s past efforts to fix the city’s homeless-animal overpopulation crisis include urging city officials to improve LA Animal Services, creating celebrity campaigns and public service announcements, and holding a news conference, and holding a news conference with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Council Member for the 13th District Mitch O’Farrell. The group also provides Angelenos with information on how to get their animals spayed or neutered affordably and conveniently at

Gonzalez holds a degree in art from East Los Angeles College. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and can be viewed here and here.

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