Written by Michelle Kretzer
Two PETA staffers were delivering straw bedding to cold
"outdoor dogs" in rural Virginia when they spotted a thin young beagle dangerously close to
the highway. The staffers had barely gotten out of the car when the friendly
dog came bounding up to them. He was wearing a collar with a phone number, so
the staffers called the owner after first taking the pup back to PETA's Norfolk
headquarters for a much-needed warm bath and good meal.
The man said that he
no longer wanted the dog—whom he had never even bothered to name—because, as
the saying goes, "That dog don't hunt." (It's not
uncommon for hunters simply
to abandon unwanted dogs.) But the owner was willing to drive an
hour and a half to our headquarters to retrieve the dog's collar.
PETA staffers knew that the gentle dog
with the soulful eyes would make someone an ideal animal companion. Not long
after he was vaccinated, neutered,
treated for Lyme disease and internal parasites, and put up for adoption, Augie found his perfect forever home with a PETA staffer and his family.
The staffer has a 14-year-old son who is
now Augie's best friend. And Augie comes to work at the PETA office, brightening
everyone's days with his buoyant personality.
As it turned out, the dog who had been cast
aside because he wasn't a good hunter had no trouble sniffing out a lovely new life.
Written by Jeff Mackey
The story is a common one but still heartrending: Deuce's
owners bought him as a puppy, but when he got big—although still full of energy
and enthusiasm—instead of giving him gentle guidance and abundant exercise,
they kicked him out of the house and chained him to a tree.
Fortunately for Deuce, one kind soul saw that he was tied up
in the mud without shelter on a rainy day and took pity on him. After other
rescue organizations refused to help Deuce, PETA was contacted and immediately
arranged to have the pup picked up—the uninterested family surrendered him to
the rescuer—and taken to a
reputable animal shelter.
That would be enough of a tail-wagger for many animals who
are facing a similar plight, but Deuce's good fortune continued: Shortly after
arriving at the animal shelter, he was adopted by a loving family, and now he
spends every day indoors as a cherished member of the household.
Both dogs and cats are happier and safer indoors. Please, if you spot an animal left outside, be ready to help—and don't take "no"
for an answer!
Her story is a haunting reminder of why
it should be illegal to chain
Storm was just 2 years old when she strangled to death at the end of her chain after being chained
up outdoors like a rusty old bicycle and left unsupervised.
calls about Storm's horrific death flooded our office, PETA wrote to the mayor
of the town in which she died, Portsmouth, Virginia, asking him to introduce "Storm's
Law," an ordinance
that would ban or seriously restrict chaining.
Storm's owners claim to suspect foul
play, but cruel people—who often poison or shoot dogs because they are annoyed
by their barking or steal them for use as "bait dogs" in dogfights
or to sell to laboratories
for experimentation—are only one of the many dangers that chained dogs face. Obviously,
Storm should have never been chained in her sad little mud patch to begin with.
receives hundreds of reports of chained dogs, like the one pictured here, every
Dogs can strangle or injure themselves
when their chains become tangled, or they can be attacked by other animals. Often
deprived of food, water,
veterinary care, and shelter,
chained dogs routinely suffer from a range of maladies, including malnutrition,
dehydration, flea infestations, mange, and untreated injuries, and can freeze
to death or die of heatstroke.
And dogs aren't the only ones who suffer
the ill effects of chaining. Subjecting a social pack animal to a life of
isolation contributes to aggressive behavior, making chained dogs three
times as likely to bite.
More than 120 jurisdictions
have passed laws banning or restricting chaining. If, like Portsmouth, your
area still allows dogs to be chained, please use PETA's tips
to get a chaining ordinance passed.
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.
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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