Written by Jeff Mackey
(Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) clinics and Community Animal Project
(CAP) are on the job year-round to help animals in need in Virginia and North
Carolina—and in 2011, they succeeded again and again in improving the lives of
animals and the people who care about them.
SNIP's fleet of mobile spay-and-neuter clinics has "fixed"
nearly 80,000 cats and dogs over the past decade—10,564 of them in 2011 alone!
In the past year, PETA also helped thousands of guardians keep their animal
companions by offering counseling tips, information about animal-friendly
housing, and assistance with offering humane care.
Today, we'd like you to meet just a few of the animals whose
lives were big-time brightened—and even saved—by CAP and SNIP this past year:
Moose's coat was severely matted, a painful and dangerous
condition that can lead to sores and maggot infestations. Moose's family didn't
realize how serious matting was and couldn't afford to have the little guy
groomed. PETA's fieldworkers spruced him up!
Bailey was suffering from a large mammary tumor that was
affecting her ability to walk. PETA's veterinarian successfully removed the
tumor, and Bailey was spayed at the same time.
Unlike many pit bulls PETA's fieldworkers meet, Prue lives
indoors, but she had already had one litter of unwanted pups. PETA helped prevent
more pit bulls from being born by spaying this sweet girl. No more pups for
Bentley's guardian lives in a very rural area. The closest
vet clinic is almost an hour's drive from her house, and she didn't have the
$200 that the vet charges for neutering dogs, so PETA took care of Bentley's
sterilization, transporting him to and from surgery.
Brownie's guardian is a young single mom with two children.
PETA spayed Brownie—who, like Prue, had already had one litter—and provided the
family with a leash to walk Brownie (which they now do daily), toys, treats,
and a sturdy handmade doghouse, along with warm, dry straw.
Biscuit's guardian took this kitten in as a stray and
desperately wanted to keep him but couldn't afford to have him fixed at a vet
clinic. If it weren't for PETA, who transported Biscuit to and from his neuter
appointment, Biscuit's guardian would have had to surrender him to the local animal
join PETA in calling on elected
officials to pass mandatory spay-and-neuter laws in your state, county, and town.
Please also help make sure animals continue to get the help that
they so desperately need by making
to help keep SNIP's mobile clinics going strong, sponsoring a doghouse
(or two) to be built and delivered by CAP, and being ready to help neglected animals in your
Companion-animal neglect and homelessness is a preventable tragedy. By working
together, we can end it!
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
and other Virginia animal shelters have just submitted to the state the numbers
of animals they received, found wonderful homes for, reunited with guardians,
had to euthanize,
or were able to release back into nature in 2011. Because numbers can't begin
to tell each animal's story, let me describe one of those animals: Pepper.
emergency fieldworkers are on call 24/7 and leap into action even when that
means getting up in the middle of the night to drive long distances in response
to calls about suffering, abandoned, neglected, and abused animals. Since we
refer healthy, highly adoptable animals to traditional, well-trafficked animal shelters,
the animals we focus on with our hands-on work are the most abused, neglected,
and underserved, usually the "unadoptables."
months, PETA tried to engage local law-enforcement officials to take action on a
monstrous woman who kept a terribly neglected and miserable dog named Pepper,
who needed urgent veterinary treatment, penned in her backyard. When PETA found
her, Pepper had been languishing in the filthy backyard cage for years and had slowly deteriorated,
yet the woman—a nursing assistant—couldn't be bothered to provide her dog with basic
vet care and dignity.
PETA obtained custody of Pepper and whisked her to a veterinarian, who
determined that Pepper was suffering from dehydration, "severe emaciation"
(the veterinarian's exact words), a severe eye infection that caused both of
Pepper's eyes to ooze discharge, a chronic hematoma (blood pocket) on her left
ear, chronic dermatitis, a raging flea infestation (more than 500 live fleas
were picked off her body), extremely worn-down teeth from biting at her own
infected skin, toenails on all four feet so curled inward that they were embedded
into the skin (causing an infection), a large mammary tumor, and cancer. For
Pepper, euthanasia was a sweet release from the painful existence that she'd endured
for so long. PETA's fieldworker stayed with Pepper as she peacefully slipped
away from this world.
filed cruelty charges against Angela Williams, Pepper's owner. This month,
there was a small measure of justice meted out for Pepper when a judge found Williams
guilty of cruelty to animals. The
judge said that the woman's treatment of Pepper was as inexcusable as it would be
to know that one of her patients had had bed sores for months and do nothing
we wish that Pepper's heart-wrenching case was unusual! PETA's caseworkers take
in scores of animals who are in equally miserable, and even worse, condition almost every
single day. For many of these suffering souls, the only kind thing to do is to
hold them, make a fuss about them, tell them that they are loved, and let them
a dog is kept penned or chained in your neighborhood, please take action. Urge the homeowner to allow
the dog indoors and make him or her a part of the family. Offer to take the
lonely dog for walks. Report abuse and neglect. Get the dog fixed, vaccinated,
and dewormed. Look for other medical needs. Together, let's help wipe out the
cruel practice of tossing dogs in the backyard and forgetting about them.
Please push for anti-chaining
legislation in your city or state.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
You may recall the protesters who took
to the center ring at the Westminster
Kennel Club dog show a couple of years ago. Well, it happened again earlier
today just as the judge stepped up to announce which dog was "Best in Show."
Two animal advocates rushed toward the ring with signs reading, "Breeders
Kill Shelter Dogs' Chances"
and "Have a Heart: Adopt, Don't
The protesters' point? Members of the
Westminster Kennel Club continue to promote and breed "purebred"
dogs, while millions of
wonderful mixed-breed dogs die
in animal shelters every year simply because they don't have a home. Every
purebred litter takes homes away from other dogs waiting desperately in
shelters as well as increasing the homeless population because one-quarter of purebreds
will also be abandoned and end up in shelters.
As long as shelter dogs are dying for
lack of a good home, there is no such thing as a "responsible breeder."
to the stars and Million Dollar Listing celebrity Chad Rogers has a million-dollar
idea: Encourage people to adopt their animal companions from animal shelters and
donate to PETA's doghouse
program. In an exclusive
interview, Chad—joined, of course,
by his canine family member, Starla—talks with PETA about
spends his days brokering some of the biggest real-estate deals in Hollywood,
but at the end of the day, his dog, Starla, takes center stage in his life. He
encourages people to adopt
animals rather than buying them
because every dog deserves a loving
home. "There's thousands and thousands of pets all over the world that
need homes," Chad says, "so why not go to a shelter and get a dog? I
mean, that's the best thing that you could possibly do for another dog's life."
is a star in her own right, capturing the title of America's Cutest Canine in a national contest. Chad
and Starla took the prize money and invested in real estate—for dogs. They donated the entire prize to PETA's "Angels for Animals"
program, which provides cold and
lonely "backyard dogs" with sturdy, custom-built doghouses.
you be an "angel"
for a cold "outdoor dog" this winter? If so, tell
Chad and Starla about it on Twitter.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show may have gotten wind of
our plan to take over its Facebook page because the puppy pimps quickly shut
the page down. Were they afraid that people would learn exactly how the annual
spectacle's shameless promotion of purebred dogs encourages people to support
breeding and deters many
from adopting wonderful mixed-breed dogs
from animal shelters? Yep, I'd say that was it.
Never ones to be easily silenced, we've created an album of
beautiful mixed-breed dogs on our own Facebook page
that everyone can share to spread the message that rescued dogs rock.
Given America's reputation as a melting pot, there's
something very off-kilter, elitist, and, well, un-American about Westminster's relentless pushing of purebreds.
Millions of American mutts die in our nation's crowded pounds and animal shelters
every year because of a lack of good homes—even though they're every bit as gorgeous,
sweet, and loyal as (and generally healthier than)
their purebred cousins.
If you're the proud guardian of a Great American Mutt,
we hope you'll tell the world about it by sharing photos of your best bud and
these other American originals on Facebook. And if you're considering adding a
dog to your household, please think "mutt." Like the guardians of these stars,
you'll be glad you did!
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is sweet Diamond before she received a doghouse from PETA:
after, with new digs replete with warm straw, fresh water, a grassy new spot to
lie in, and a lightweight tie-out:
make a dog's day?
Written by Alisa Mullins
As usual, the commercial lineup during Super Bowl XLVI featured some real dogs—and we're not just talking about CareerBuilder's tired old re-tread of the "immature chimpanzees" storyline. Yes, the chimpanzees are immature—that's because they're babies who should be with their mothers, not being forced to perform tricks for an ass-backwards company's cruel and unimaginative Super Bowl ad.
As for the dogs, I'm also referring to the actual dogs who appeared in many of this year's Super Bowl ads, including Bud Light's real-life rags-to-riches rescued mutt, Weego, who tirelessly fetches beers every time someone utters Bud's slogan, "Here we go!" "He's a rescue," proclaims Weego's proud guardian, and the ad ends with a plea to visit Bud Light's "Help Rescue Dogs" Facebook page.
We have to throw a penalty flag on Skechers for promoting greyhound racing in its ad featuring a sneakers-clad French bulldog. The ad was trying to be cute, but greyhound racing, with its legions of abandoned, shot, and starved ex-racers, is about as ugly as it gets.
Hyundai fumbled when it used a real cheetah in its ad. Wild animals used for ads often spend most of their lives confined to cages or chains and may be routinely beaten in order to "show them who's boss." Hyundai should have taken a cue from fellow carmaker Kia, whose ad starred a lifelike computer-generated rhinoceros (not to mention a very animated—but not animatronic—Tommy Lee).
Animatronics and CGI technology are so good that it can be hard to tell the real animals from the robots, which is why there's no excuse for dragging real chimpanzees, cheetahs, or other wildlife onto a sound stage.
Lawmakers who are considering legislation based on the
philosophy of the bogus "no-kill" movement should look closely at the
disastrous results of California's Hayden Law, as Phyllis M. Daugherty details
in the first of a series of
articles for Opposing Views about limited-admission ("no-kill")
Dangerous overcrowding is a
common problem at no-kill shelters.
As Daugherty makes clear, the Hayden Law was put together by
lawyers and aides with no experience running animal shelters. And it shows: The
bill did nothing to curb breeding (the real cause of the animal overpopulation crisis);
it took away shelters' ability to make the critical decisions needed to keep
the animals healthy by controlling the spread of contagious diseases and to give
the most adoptable animals the best chance of finding a home through necessary
means, including euthanasia of less adoptable animals.
the Hayden Law, shelters couldn't euthanize the animals they took in unless the
animals were already to the point of death—even if that meant enduring prolonged
suffering from diseases or injuries
that made them unlikely prospects for adoption. Fortunately, this constraint
was recently suspended but not before wreaking havoc on animals, shelters (along
with their staffers and volunteers), and state budgets.
animal shelters continue to be required to surrender any animal scheduled for
euthanasia—no matter how aggressive or otherwise unadoptable—to any group claiming
to be a "rescue" organization upon request, which forces them to
continue to house the animals until they are claimed (up to two weeks later) and
puts adoptive guardians at risk from animals with a known tendency toward aggressive
behavior. Daugherty describes how 20 percent of one animal shelter was occupied
by pit bulls awaiting pickup by one such organization, leaving less room for animals
who might have had a good chance of adoption but instead were euthanized
because of a lack of space.
It is tragic and ironic that the law cheered on by misguided "no-kill"
advocates like Nathan
ended up costing animals their lives; Daugherty reports that the North County Times, in an article titled, "Too Close for
Comfort: New State Law Is Killing Animals," explained how the law was "increasing
the number of animals destroyed and reducing adoptions …"
While this is sad, it isn't really surprising. As Daugherty
notes, "no-kill" is a misnomer, since the refusal of
limited-admission shelters to accept the responsibility of euthanasia means
that they fill up quickly, leaving the turned-away animals to be taken to
open-admission shelters (merely shifting the burden of euthanasia) or, worse, to
be simply abandoned to face disease, traffic, starvation, predators, and other
Limited-admission shelters also tend to attract animal
hoarders who take in far more animals than they can possibly care for. PETA’s
undercover investigation of South Carolina's now-defunct Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary—which was
really just a front for a hoarder—produced
evidence that finally prompted authorities to rescue hundreds of caged cats who
had been suffering through a living nightmare of constant filth, disease, and
We all want to see the number of euthanized animals decreased,
but the Hayden Law debacle shows that this goal can't be accomplished just by
making it nearly impossible for shelters to use euthanasia to address the
current crisis. As one former shelter volunteer explained after visiting a shelter overburdened because
of the restrictions imposed by the Hayden Law, "As I passed the kennels,
each crammed with too many dogs and puppies, many of them sick or diseased, I
was reminded again that euthanasia is not the worst thing that can happen."
To become a truly no-kill nation, we must first become a
no-birth nation by mandating
spaying and neutering of dogs and cats
to stop the flow of unwanted litters into our shelters. If you are concerned
about euthanasia, you'll do far more good by adopting a dog from an
open-admission shelter or sponsoring
a spay/neuter procedure for a cat than by supporting a limited-admission
California Gov. Jerry Brown has announced plans to completely repeal the ill-advised
Hayden Law, and let's hope he succeeds—for the animals' sake.
After discovering that a family of stray dogs had taken refuge at a vacant property in Texas, a kind-hearted soul contacted the landlord to get permission to go in and remove the seriously ill and injured animals. But when local law-enforcement officials and rescue groups were unable to help—no animal shelter serves the county—the dogs' defender called PETA.
PETA's cruelty caseworker persuaded an animal shelter in a neighboring county to take in the dogs and found someone willing to drive more than an hour to transport the two dogs and five puppies to the animal shelter.
Within minutes of their arrival, however, four of the desperately ill puppies died. And one of the adult dogs—suffering from a severe head injury as a result of having been kicked by a horse—was euthanized. But the fifth puppy pulled through and is being fostered by a shelter staffer, and the other adult dog, who had been suffering from severe mange, has been treated and adopted into a loving home.
Life for homeless dogs and cats is dangerous and often deadly. Please, if you see stray animals, never look the other way—do whatever you can to get them off the streets and into a safe place.
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