Written by Michelle Kretzer
Hurricane Sandy's gale-force winds
rattled buildings and its driving rain flooded roads, most people probably
weren't thinking about spaying and neutering animals. But that's exactly what
the folks who staff PETA's
Mobile Clinics Division (MCD) program were thinking. Natural
disasters should strengthen our resolve to spay and neuter because fewer
unwanted animals born means fewer stray animals left to suffer on the streets.
not being able to provide low-cost spay-and-neuter services in the middle
of the hurricane—or over the Thanksgiving holiday, when people had other things
on their minds—the MCD team altered almost 700 animals in November—699, to be
are just a few of them:
dear pit bull's guardian is undergoing cancer treatment and wasn't able to take
her dog to the vet. PETA got Sasha spayed, vaccinated,
and back home again to comfort her guardian.
and Beanie might not have been as desperate to be spayed as they were to get
cookies—but fortunately, they got both.
was already in heat, so her guardian knew that there was no time to waste. We
quickly got Teepee spayed before she could add to the overpopulation crisis.
just one year, one unspayed cat can give birth to 16 kittens and an unspayed
dog can produce 12 puppies. Please help us stem the animal-homelessness crisis by supporting your
local spay-and-neuter initiatives.
animals, a summer romance can mean adding to the overpopulation crisis. But after July, nearly
800 animals near PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters won't have to worry
about "getting in trouble"—like Rizzo.
mobile veterinary clinics "snipped" 794
animals, including 154 whose families couldn't afford spay and neuter surgeries and 40 who
couldn't get to the veterinarian without a ride there and back.
patient, Trixie, lives in an area where there are no low-cost spay-and-neuter
services available. Her guardian, a grandmother who is single-handedly caring
for all her grandchildren, was ecstatic to be able to get Trixie spayed.
only did Coco the poodle get spayed, she also got the full beauty treatment.
Staffers removed the painful mats from her fur, and now she and her happy
guardian are sitting pretty.
to show animals some love this summer? Start by signing the pledge to end animal homelessness.
Written by Jeff Mackey
As the sky-high temperatures across the country make clear,
it's summer. But it's not vacation season for the staffers of PETA's mobile clinics division, who hit the road year-round to take low-cost to no-cost spay and neuter surgeries and other veterinary services to animals in need.
We kicked off the summer in fine fashion—in June alone, the
mobile clinics spayed and neutered 359 cats (84 of whom were feral) and 302
dogs, including 30 pit
bulls. Here are some more stats to break it down even further:
In total, 661 animals were altered in June alone, including Booboo,
whose guardian contacted PETA seeking help with flea prevention and grooming.
He initially planned to breed this little Pomeranian, but when PETA offered to
groom her for free, he gladly accepted the offer to have her spayed at the same
Another animal who caught the summer spay-and-neuter wave was
Daisy, who was just about to come into heat for the first time. Fortunately, her
guardians did not want that to happen, so PETA spayed her before she could have
Long summer days are the ideal time to help make life
brighter for dogs and cats by pledging to end animal homelessness. One great way to start is to support
PETA's work to address the homeless animal crisis—and you don't even have to go out in the
heat to do it!
Our servicemembers aren't the only ones
who make sacrifices for our freedom. Their companion animals often endure frequent
moves, months of not seeing one of their beloved guardians, and all the other
hardships that come with life in the military. To celebrate Independence Day,
PETA honored the loyal four-legged companions of servicemembers in Southeastern
Virginia by offering to spay
or neuter and vaccinate them for just $4 each.
Partnering with the Virginia Beach SPCA
(VBSPCA), one of our mobile veterinary
clinics performed the spay and neuter surgeries, and the VBSPCA administered the
vaccinations. Here are just a few photos from this event, after which many military mutts and freedom felines can now declare their independence from unwanted litters and many health problems:
4-year-old pit bull named Sandy owes her life to a spay surgery that came not a moment
too soon. Sandy's guardian had learned from her veterinarian that Sandy had a
serious uterine infection, and while spay surgery would probably have cured it
immediately, the vet's bill for the procedure would have been at least $900.
Sandy's owner opted for far less costly antibiotic treatment, but two weeks
later, Sandy's condition worsened. She stopped eating, and her distraught
guardian called PETA for advice.
that Sandy was gravely ill, the head of our Mobile Clinics Division rearranged the clinics'
schedules so that Sandy could be spayed the very next day (for free, a service that
we offer for all pit bulls). During the operation, PETA's vet discovered that
Sandy also had an enormous ovarian tumor. Suffering from two serious diseases,
she almost certainly would have died, likely within days, without surgery.
Sandy been spayed as a puppy, she never would have developed the painful
infection and ovarian tumor that put her life at risk. She is a living example
of how spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted animals from being born into a
world bursting at the seams with them but also protects the health of
those who are already here.
two mobile clinics spayed or neutered 770 animals in May, including Kharma,
whose guardian was so grateful to have her spayed that despite his very limited
income, he donated $75 to the program:
We also spayed Muffin, who had already had one litter
of kittens for whom her guardian had difficulty finding homes:
stories like these occurring again and again each and every day, and you get some
idea of the vital work performed by our mobile clinics every month.
Some people may know about PETA only from
what they see on TV or read online or in the gossip mags, but celebrities aren't
the only stars who work for PETA. I'm talking about our hardworking superstar
spay-and-neuter clinic staffers, of course.
Six—sometimes seven!—days a week, PETA's
mobile clinics provide animals in Virginia and North Carolina with free to low-cost sterilization
surgeries. In April alone, the mobile clinics spayed or neutered 717 animals, and PETA's Community Animal Project fieldworkers even transported 29
more to and from the clinics. Here are just a few of the lucky animals "SNIP'ed"
by our fabulous medical team this month:
You can help end the animal homelessness crisis by volunteering at a spay-and-neuter clinic in your area or offering to
transport an animal belonging to someone without transportation to a spay or neuter
Update: The correct answer is that
during March, PETA's three mobile clinics spayed or neutered a whopping 882
animals. Thanks for participating in our contest and for your generous
donations that keep the mobile clinics running.
Every day, PETA's fleet of mobile veterinary clinics provides animals in Virginia and North Carolina with no-cost to low-cost spay-and-neuter
surgeries. If you can correctly guess how many animals PETA "snipped"
in March, you could win a dog-pampering set, complete with a new bowl, a Kong,
treats, toys, and Ingrid E. Newkirk's book Let's Have a Dog Party!
Meet Bridgette and Lucy, just two of the
animals who won't be "littering," thanks to their low-cost surgeries
Submit your guesstimates for how many
animals PETA snipped in March in the comments section. The person whose guess
comes closest to the actual number will win.
by Michelle Sherrow
The person whose answer comes closest to the actual number of animals PETA spayed
and neutered in March will be the winner. In the event of a tie, a random
drawing will be held to determine the winner. The contest will end on April 18, and we'll contact
the winner on April 20.
Be sure to read our privacy
policy and terms and conditions, as you're agreeing to both by commenting. No purchase necessary. Void where
prohibited by law.
Can DSK's experience be used for good? Dominique Strauss-Kahn
may no longer preside over the International Monetary Fund or be running for
the highest office in France, but PETA France is
banking on his ability to illustrate one pitfall of having unprotected sex:
DSK might not have considered "spay-and-neuter
advocate" to be his next move, but no one can argue that he isn't in the perfect
position to let people know about the harmful effects of tomcatting—such as animal overpopulation.
This time, perhaps something good can
come from a sex scandal.
On one balmy day in March, PETA's "SNIP-Mobile"
(Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) and our Holland M. Ware mobile spay-and-neuter clinic "snipped" 46 cats and 10 dogs, preventing hundreds of kittens and
puppies from being born!
those numbers by hundreds of days in a single year, and it's easy to see how
PETA's no-cost to low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics have prevented the births of
hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals since the debut of our first clinic in
2001 (we have sterilized more than 80,000 animals so far!). The mobile clinics
travel to low-income neighborhoods throughout southeastern Virginia and
northeastern North Carolina to reach animals whose guardians can't afford spay-and-neuter
surgeries or don't have transportation.
Help by always spaying
or neutering your animal companions and signing PETA's pledge to end animal
Written by PETA
A big brouhaha
erupted after the Detroit Animal Control Center euthanized an emaciated, injured
and extremely ill dog named Ace
(after the hardware store into which he painfully stumbled before being rescued
off the streets) on Thursday. Photos of Ace make it abundantly clear that he
was suffering; they show him looking weak, hunched over, grimacing, bleeding
from a neck wound, and barely able to stand. He looks as if he can't get
comfortable, and there is obvious pain in his eyes. Unfortunately, Ace had to
endure the state-mandated four-day waiting period for strays, and no owner could
be located for him (or they surely would have faced cruelty charges). This suffering
dog didn't deserve to linger a minute longer.
We just have one question: The
shelters are overloaded with homeless dogs―if anyone is upset because this dog
was put down, why don't they stop screaming "Murder!' and do something
truly helpful, like adopting another dear dog who doesn't need as much vet care
and resocializing but just needs a home? There's certainly no shortage of
homeless dogs in every single animal shelter in the country―no, make that, in
the world! If you think that every single one―or even one in 20―can be placed,
then you're living in a dream that we all wish would come true, but picking one
dog and going nuts about his euthanasia is just a feel-good exercise not
grounded in reality. Shelters need financial help for spaying and neutering in
order to stop more dogs from being born and to find truly good homes even for
dogs with no problems, the "easy" ones. Meanwhile, "no kill"
shelters take in their quota and then leave the dirty work to everyone else.
back to Ace―for dogs who have been through so much and are obviously suffering
and miserable, a dignified release from their pain is often a blessing and the
most humane option. Let's not misplace our anger and
frustration, which should be directed at those who neglect animals so badly
that they end up ravaged with parasites and barely able to keep their heads up as
well as at those who cause animals to end up homeless and euthanized at shelters
because they buy from pet stores or breeders and/or fail to spay or neuter
And let's use our energy to save
lives by promoting spaying
and neutering and lobbying for legislation
that would restrict breeding so that we can arrive at a day when no
animal is born unless a loving, permanent home is waiting for him or her. Animal homelessness is a preventable tragedy.
by Lindsay Pollard-Post
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