Written by Jeff Mackey
After residents complained about a smell coming from a neighboring
apartment, the building's management company left several notices and tried to
contact the tenant. But after getting no response, company staffers entered the
apartment, where they found this abandoned puppy, less
than 5 months old, who had been left tied to a radiator. So they contacted PETA.
PETA's caseworker quickly contacted local animal control officials
and asked them to pick up the dog right away. The poor pup was in good
condition, but her tether was very short. She was surrounded by her own waste
and had no food or water. The puppy was brought to a local animal shelter,
where she was given veterinary care and was spayed. Now she's been adopted by a
loving family, who will never leave her behind—and in return, she'll give them
her whole heart.
So that's the happy ending, and here's the moral of the
story: This puppy could have easily starved to death if apartment management
hadn't helped by contacting PETA. If you ever find an animal in need, speak up.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
her namesake, 4-month-old pup Snow White was in dire need of rescue when Animal Rahat, the animal-relief organization that PETA helps
fund in India, got the call. The frightened puppy had tried to negotiate a busy
road, only to be struck by a speeding bicycle. Running blindly, she was hit
again by another bicycle, leaving her bruised and bloodied, with a gaping wound
on her leg.
Animal Rahat team rushed to the scene, scooped up the frail puppy, and took her back to the sanctuary, where the
veterinarian and other staff members cleaned her wounds, treated her for fleas,
and fed her what was probably her first square meal in her entire short life. Her
stomach full, Snow White curled up and conked out, fast asleep.
energetic puppy is now a cheerful addition to the sanctuary and has made
friends with all the former
working animals who are retired there.
Snow White is still waiting for her Prince Charming—a sponsor to help Animal
Rahat with her care. Can you help give her a fairytale ending? Make a generous commitment to Snow White and other animals rescued by Animal Rahat to help working animals of India.
Written by Alisa Mullins
One day 18 years
ago, I was out walking my dogs along a bike trail when I saw a bicyclist stop
and do something peculiar: He took out his water bottle, and instead of taking
a swig, he opened up the top and dumped a pile of cat kibble onto the ground.
He was immediately swarmed by cats, who, I later learned, were being fed scraps
by a trio of elderly brothers who lived nearby in a dilapidated shack (which
dated back to the days when the trail was a railroad track).
weeks, I trapped the cats, who were initially terrified, having had very little
human contact. But all of them were born lap cats and quickly decided that life
in a warm, cozy house with three square meals a day beat hiding under piles of
junk and scrounging for scraps of stale bread and days-old meat.
whom I adopted along with three of his relatives, was the fastest to decide
people weren't such a bad lot, and today, he acts as ambassador to all human
and animal visitors. If he's awake, he's purring (and sometimes he even purrs
in his sleep!). I've had many cat companions over the years, but only Ziggy has
earned the title of Best Cat in the Universe for his unfailing graciousness,
dignity, and sunny disposition. If he were a human, he would be Prince
© KencredibleBest Cat in the Universe
As Ziggy can
attest, life for "outdoor cats" is no walk in the park. Over the
years, Ziggy has had several bouts with diseases that could have led to a
lingering, painful death if he had not received veterinary care. That's why it
is vital always to trap stray and feral cats and either bring them indoors or take them to a reputable animal shelter. Even
if homes can't be found for them, at least they are safe from the many dangers that
they face outdoors, including attacks by dogs and wildlife; being poisoned,
shot, or hit by cars; and contracting deadly contagious diseases.
A PETA staffer walking to the Los
Angeles office one morning spotted an opossum sitting in the middle of the road, bleeding from her mouth. Several men were
jabbing her with sticks.
Look closely: Even when injuries
aren’t obvious, an animal may be suffering.
With the help of several coworkers, the
staffer cleared everyone from the area. Then she gathered up the opossum and
drove to the nearest animal shelter so that the injured animal could be assessed.
Shelter staff determined that the opossum was a mother carrying a pouch full of
babies and that her injuries were quite severe: Euthanasia was deemed the most merciful option for
both the mother and her babies. The staffer's speedy response saved this opossum family from being hit by
another car, being further tormented by cruel people, or suffering and slowly
dying from their injuries or from heatstroke, dehydration, or starvation.
If you spot an injured animal on the road, please don't leave
the animal to suffer. If you can safely collect the animal, transport him or
her to the nearest animal shelter or vet's office for assessment and/or euthanasia.
If you don't think that you can contain the animal, call the police or animal
control, stress the urgency of the situation, and stay with the animal until
help arrives. If all local options fail, please call PETA.
former PETA staffer in Seattle was on her way to work when she spotted a pigeon whose leg appeared to
be broken. When the pigeon didn't try to fly away and let her gently wrap him
up in a sweatshirt, she knew he also likely had other injuries or hadn't been
able to forage for food and was weak from hunger or illness.
former staffer called PETA, and we put her in touch with a local wildlife rehabilitator, to whom she rushed the
took only a few minutes out of her day to get help for the bird, and she saved
him from suffering for days or even weeks from his injuries and possibly
starving, being killed by a predator, or being hit by a car.
actions serve as a reminder to all of us that we are never "too busy"
to help an animal who is in need.
Written by PETA
I work in the Human Resources Department
at the PETA Foundation, which I love. Knowing that I get to advocate for
animals and also take care of my colleagues who advocate for them is rewarding
and fulfilling. But I recently spent a day doing something that not many people
will experience in their lifetime: riding
along with a staffer with PETA's
Community Animal Project (CAP), the people who crawl under houses, sludge through storm drains,
and face neglectful owners to save animals from suffering.
My day with CAP was eye-opening, to
say the least. I knew about the work that CAP does in the areas surrounding our Norfolk, Virginia,
headquarters, but seeing it for myself was an experience I will never forget.
In a rural area of North Carolina,
we found a terrified dog who was forced to live under a trailer with no food or
water. His "owners" ("guardians" are people who actually
care for their animals) weren't home, so we did the only things that we could
do: We gave him food and water and left a note for his owners. We plan to check
on him again soon. In another area, we found two dogs who were covered with
ticks and supplied their owner with flea- and tick-control medication and
instructions. We talked to a person who had a puppy living outdoors—the pup's littermate had already been fatally hit by a car—and tried to educate him about how to do better for the
surviving dog. Stories like these repeated themselves throughout the day as we
visited more and more animals in need of help.
All of us can make a difference for
animals in our own communities. We could offer to walk chained dogs and give their owners information about housetraining and bringing them indoors. Or we could offer to transport pregnant
cats to a low-cost spay-and-neuter
clinic. Much like
CAP's work, all our small acts together can add up to big improvements in the
lives of a lot of animals.
by Kim Argobright
Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk
was in Sardinia last week, and as I drove along the highway, I caught a glimpse
of tan fur. I did a U-turn and discovered two dogs who were sitting in a
pull-off area. They ran away the moment the car door opened. However, poking
about in the bushes, I found a saucepan, a water bowl, and a makeshift doghouse.
I left food and a note with my contact information. The woman who was feeding
them e-mailed me, and I was able to persuade her to arrange for the dogs to be
trapped and neutered with PETA's help.
minutes later, I was walking down a dirt path and heard a plaintive meow. Here
we go again, I thought: a stray cat. But no, not one cat—instead there were
six, eight, 10 …! In all, there were 22 cats. One was clearly nursing, all were
as thin as pencils, at least two had injured eyes, and some were missing large
patches of hair. The whole lot of them were living under a large bush.
they were so desperate to eat that they came within a foot of me, they were
wary and wouldn't let me touch them. I contacted PETA's U.K. affiliate, and it
was able to track down some wonderful local activists. All 10 adult cats and 12
kittens were trapped and are now at the local animal shelter, being given
veterinary care and sterilized. Longtime member Maria Blanton has made a
generous donation toward the cost of caring for all 22 animals. You
can help animals just like these rescued cats and kittens right now—just click here!
right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is teeming with stray
and abandoned animals. Whenever you go abroad, please be sure to keep your eyes
peeled for animals in need. If you see one, check with your hotel concierge
about local animal protection groups, veterinarians, and animal shelters. Plan
ahead by looking up local groups and veterinarians online before you embark on
your trip, and keep their phone numbers handy. If you get stuck, contact PETA's
PETA helps animals all over the world—including neglected dogs left chained up in
rising floodwaters in Pakistan, bullocks and donkeys trying to eke out an existence at garbage dumps in India,
and homeless cats living under
trailers in some of the most impoverished counties right here in
the U.S.—and we'd love to have your help.
Help animals now by supporting PETA's rescue work!
Community Animal Project
fieldworker spotted a lone pit bull sitting in a trash-strewn patch of dirt
behind what appeared to be an abandoned house. A heavy chain was wrapped around his neck, preventing him from reaching even a single blade
of grass. He had no food or water, and his dilapidated doghouse had no floor. When
the fieldworker offered him a big bowl of water, the dog lapped it up as if it
were the first drink he'd had in a very long time.
she couldn't legally take the dog, whom she was calling "Dusty"
because of his dirty surroundings, the fieldworker forced herself to leave—but not before she left plenty of dog food with the
neighbor and implored him to continue to feed Dusty and give him water.
public-records property search yielded the homeowner's name, and when the
fieldworker called him, he said that he was having work done on the house and
would be moving back in soon. He refused to part with Dusty but let PETA
replace the heavy metal chain with a lightweight tie-out, give Dusty a new
doghouse, and move him to a grassy area.
he still isn't living indoors with his family—the kind of life every dog deserves—Dusty is at least
more comfortable. When fieldworkers check on him, he has food and water, and
his owner has agreed to have him neutered in PETA's mobile clinic.
stories rarely make headlines, and in fact, many people aren't even aware of how
much suffering PETA fieldworkers
spare animals like Dusty every day. But PETA can't do it alone. If there is a Dusty in your
neighborhood, please alert animal control. And if officials are unresponsive,
please contact PETA for help. We will never
turn our back on an animal in need.
first time that PETA staffer David Perle saw Dizzy, the hamster was nestled in
the arms of a young girl who had rescued him from an apartment complex parking
lot and was searching for his owner. A group of boys had tried to tell her that
he was theirs, but she suspected their motives were less than pure and refused
to hand Dizzy over. (A PETA
staffer in the making, perhaps?) When she happened upon David, he agreed to take the
little hamster in if no one claimed him.
that very night, David's two cats, Ella (after Fitzgerald) and Billie (after
Holiday), welcomed their new roommate. When a friend sent David a picture of
Dizzy Gillespie with his cheeks puffed out as he played the trumpet juxtaposed next
to a picture of a hamster whose cheek pockets were
stuffed with goodies, the resemblance was uncanny, and the hamster was named,
completing the jazzy family. It's a wonder that Dizzy didn't get dizzy rolling around the apartment inside
his plastic hamster ball.
never know how Dizzy's life started—it's possible that
someone purchased him from a pet
store and then dumped him outdoors
when he was no longer wanted. But we know that he was happy and loved after he was
lucky enough to be rescued by a wise little girl and adopted by a caring
you have a great animal-rescue story? Share it in the comments.
Many of the rescue cases that PETA handles involve animals in immediate peril. But even when the risks
aren't so obvious, it's still important to lend a hand when animals need any
kind of help.
Here's a case in point: When a kind lady saw these
unfortunate sheep with heavy, matted coats near a Hayfork, California, hotel,
she called PETA for help.
PETA's caseworker persuaded the animals' owner to shear them
soon afterward. Since the sheep were otherwise in good health and reasonably
well cared for, no charges were filed, but—thanks to one concerned person who spoke
up—these animals' lives have been made brighter and more comfortable.
Please always remember: Whenever you see animals in trouble,
don't look away—do something.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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