Video: 2019 Changed These Rescued Animals’ Lives

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – When 2019 began, these lonely animals were chained up, caged, or neglected—but as a new PETA video released today reveals, they’ll be ringing in 2020 safe and warm in the loving care of their new families, thanks to PETA.

PETA’s video shows just some of the animals it rescued and found homes for this year—dogs like Charley, who was discovered huddling and trembling atop a pile of trash in an abandoned silo with four broken toes. She now gets to curl up indoors with her adoptive family and another PETA rescue and enjoy the warmth and safety of a loving home. Murphy was kept isolated in a rusty crate, and his fur had become so matted that it was almost impossible to tell that he was dog—but after receiving a haircut and recovering at PETA, he was transferred to the Norfolk SPCA and adopted by a loving family.

The video also features a severely emaciated horse named Badger, who now lives at a spacious countryside home; two pigs named Jack and Ben, who now roam a former PETA staffer’s farm and enjoy eating the apples that fall from the trees; and five pelicans, who were rescued from the battering winds of Hurricane Dorian and released after they had fully recovered.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—works 24/7 to help animals near its Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters. The group provides “outdoor dogs” with water, food, and sturdy doghouses; offers free or low-cost veterinary care for animals from low-income families, including spay and neuter surgeries; and does much more.

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