Written by Jeff Mackey
Although March was notable for its extreme weather and bracket-busting
basketball, PETA's Mobile Clinics
Division spent the month setting a much more important record—performing the most spay/neuter surgeries in any single month since the
We sterilized a record-breaking 582 females and 477 males in
March, for a grand total of 1,059 animals! Here are some of our "March
Coco is one of five female dogs living at a low-income
trailer park who were spayed during March. The dogs' guardians were extremely
grateful for the service and offered to donate something toward the cost, although
as one said, "We are all poor people here."
Alazae developed a physical condition that required surgery,
so her guardian opted to spay her instead of breeding her as he had planned to
Sprucie's guardians don't have much money, but they want what's
best for her!
Zola had already had several litters, but she won't be
giving birth to any more puppies who then take homes away from dogs in animal shelters.
preventing tens of thousands—or even hundreds of thousands—of births in just a few years,
our mobile clinics' achievement will continue to offer cause for celebration
long after Dunk City
alums are teaching their grandkids how to alley-oop.
To help PETA continue to break records and save animals'
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Written by PETA
In my first year working at a grossly substandard animal shelter in Maryland, I forced myself to go in early to euthanize dogs by holding them in my arms and gently helping them escape an uncaring world without trauma or pain and to spare them from being stabbed haphazardly—while they were fully conscious, terrified and aware—in the general vicinity of their hearts with needles blunt from reuse and left to thrash on the floor until they finally died by the callous people who would arrive later to do the job.
I always wonder how anyone cannot recognize that there is a world of difference between painlessly euthanizing animals out of compassion—aged, injured, sick, and dying animals whose guardians can't afford euthanasia, for instance—as PETA does, and causing them to suffer terror, pain, and a prolonged death while struggling to survive on the streets, at the hands of untrained and uncaring "technicians," or animal abusers.
It's easy to point the finger at those who are forced to do the "dirty work" caused by a throwaway society's casual acquisition and breeding of dogs and cats who end up homeless and unwanted, but at PETA, we will never turn our backs on neglected, unloved, and homeless animals—even if the best we can offer them is a painless release from a world that doesn't have enough heart or homes with room for them. It makes it easy for people to throw stones at us, but we are against all needless killing: for hamburgers, fur collars, dissection, sport hunting, the works. PETA handled far more animals than 2,069 in 2012. In fact, we took in more than 10,000 dogs and cats and work very hard to persuade people to spay and neuter their animals and to commit to a lifetime of care and respect for them. We go so far as to transport animals to and from our spay/neuter clinics, where they are spayed or neutered and given vet care, often for free! Since 2001, PETA's low- to no-cost spay-and-neuter mobile clinics, SNIP and ABC, have sterilized more than 50,000 animals, preventing hundreds of thousands of animals from being born, neglected, abandoned, abused, or euthanized when no one wanted them. And on a national level, PETA is focusing on the root of the problem through our Animal Birth Control (ABC) campaign.
If anyone has a good home, love, and respect to offer, we beg them: Go to a shelter and take one or two animals home. The problem is that few people do that, choosing instead to go to a breeder or a pet shop and not "fixing" their dogs and cats, which contributes to the high euthanasia rate that animal shelters face. Most of the animals we took in and euthanized could hardly be called "pets," as they had spent their lives chained up in the back yard, for instance. They were unsocialized, never having been inside a building of any kind or known a pat on the head. Others were indeed someone's, but they were aged, sick, injured, dying, too aggressive to place, and the like, and PETA offered them a painless release from suffering, with no charge to their owners or custodians.
Every day, PETA's fieldworkers help abused and neglected dogs—many of them pit bulls nowadays and many of them forced to live their lives on chains heavy enough to tow an 18-wheeler—by providing them with food; clean water; lightweight tie-outs; deworming medicine; flea, tick, and fly-strike prevention; free veterinary care; sturdy wooden doghouses stuffed with straw bedding; and love.
What we see is enough to make you lose faith in humanity. One pit bull we gained custody of, named Asia, looked like a skeleton covered with skin when PETA released her from the 15-pound chain she had been kept on for years. Asia suffered from three painful and deadly intestinal obstructions, which prevented her from keeping any food down. She faced an agonizing, lingering death, so our veterinarian recommended euthanasia to end her suffering. We pursued criminal charges against those responsible for her condition, leading to their conviction for cruelty to animals. That is just one of the dozens of cases we see every week.
The majority of adoptable dogs are never brought through our doors (we refer them to local adoption groups and walk-in animal shelters). Most of the animals we house, rescue, find homes for, or put out of their misery come from miserable conditions, which often lead to successful prosecution and the banning of animal abusers from ever owning or abusing animals again.
As long as animals are still purposely bred and people aren't spaying and neutering their companions, open-admission animal shelters and organizations like PETA must do society's dirty work. Euthanasia is not a solution to overpopulation but rather a tragic necessity given the present crisis. PETA is proud to be a "shelter of last resort," where animals who have no place to go or who are unwanted or suffering are welcomed with love and open arms.
Please, if you care about animals, help prevent more of them from being born only to end up chained and left to waste away in people's back yards, suffering on mean streets where people kick at them or shoo them away like garbage, tortured at the hands of animal abusers, or, alas, euthanized in animal shelters for lack of a good home. If you want to save lives, always have your animals spayed or neutered.
See more about how PETA saves animals.
Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk
Written by Alisa Mullins
Pelusa's guardian was frantic. The
little cat had darted up a tree in Patillas, Puerto Rico, after being
frightened by dogs and had been trapped there for nearly a week. Because the
young cat was so high up—about 35 feet—her guardian couldn't get her down on
her own. The cat was clearly too scared to come down herself, so her guardian
appealed to the local fire-and-rescue department for help—but nothing was
Glen Venezio with Animal Concerns Puerto
Rico put pressure on fire-and-rescue officials and persuaded them to act. But
by the time that they finally arrived on the scene, a local 17-year-old boy who
is an expert climber had scaled the tree and managed to carry Pelusa down by
himself after carefully placing her in a sack.
A PETA cruelty caseworker then coordinated
with another local activist to arrange for Pelusa to be taken to a veterinarian
to get a checkup and, after recovering her strength, an all-important spay
surgery. She's now "fixed" and back at home with her grateful
Pelusa's close call serves as a reminder
of why cats are always safest indoors—and why you should never give up when an
animal is in peril. You might have to make several calls before you obtain results,
but don't give up!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
is World Spay Day, which people celebrate by leafleting, assisting at low-cost
spay-and-neuter clinics, and doing their part to combat the animal-homelessness
crisis. Of course, for PETA's Mobile Clinics Division,
every day is Spay Day.
The clinics travel to underserved areas surrounding PETA's Norfolk, Virginia,
headquarters seven days a week to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries
and vaccinations—and we even supply
transportation to and from appointments when necessary.
Here are just a handful of the animals the clinics have helped
lives indoors, but she had somehow managed to become pregnant before her PETA
clinic appointment. Still, we were able to spay her in time, before she could
bring more puppies into a world already overwhelmed with animals who need good
aren't sure who's more adorable, Mese or her human. But one thing's certain:
They are both definitely happier since we drove Mese to our clinic and spayed
her for free.
is just as sweet as his name would suggest, and making sure that he got neutered was
pretty sweet, too.
spayed Lexie's sister in December, and that dog's guardians recommended our
services so highly that we ended up sterilizing the entire litter!
far this year, the clinics have spayed or neutered 1,672 animals! Considering that one unaltered female dog
and her offspring and their offspring and their offspring, etc., can produce
67,000 puppies in just six years and that in seven years, one unaltered female
cat and her offspring, etc., can produce 370,000 kittens, we were able to
prevent hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals from being born.
Day is the perfect opportunity to sponsor a surgery at one of PETA's clinics or learn how you can volunteer to help get animals in your own area spayed and neutered—and help make every day Spay Day.
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.
When a PETA staffer found this dog named President Obama two
years ago, he was stuck on a tangled lead in a trash-strewn yard without proper
food, water, shelter, or attention of any kind.
He was fed table scraps by his owner, who would not consider
allowing him indoors. Our staff member visited Obama frequently over the next two years, each time
offering to find him a new home but always getting turned down. So PETA did
what we could to keep the little guy healthy and comfortable, including
providing him with a new
doghouse and neutering him.
Recently, when a snowstorm was approaching, PETA's staffer
took Obama some straw for warmth and found him wet and shivering in the freezing-cold
backyard. But this time, the little tyke's owner finally agreed to let PETA
take him, which just goes to show why it's so important never to give up when a chained dog needs help.) Here is Obama in his wonderful new home with his adopted "sister":
As you can see, Obama has made himself right at home with his
new family—and, just like someone else we know, is taking full advantage of his
Two things that PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk is
passionate about are helping
animals (no surprise there) and auto
racing, so perhaps this was inevitable: After reading that NASCAR sponsorship this
season is at a low, PETA has asked racing superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. to
consider using the available space on his car to spread a lifesaving spay-and-neuter
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PETA has observed firsthand the effects of animal
homelessness from its work on the front lines of animal protection. In Earnhardt's
home state of North Carolina, PETA's Community Animal Project (CAP) rescues animals, even when that means crawling through sewers, searching
through junkyards, scaling trees, dodging cars, or enticing frightened strays
to safety. CAP also delivers food, doghouses, and straw bedding to neglected
animals who have never known a kind word or touch—and they return to monitor
the animals' conditions, check their housing, and make sure that they have enough
to eat and drink.
letter to Earnhardt points out, around half of the 6 to
8 million animals who enter U.S. shelters each year must be euthanized for lack of enough good homes. Others never find a refuge and are left to fend
for themselves on the streets, where they create more litters and often succumb
to exposure or disease or even are abused by cruel people.
The solution to animal overpopulation is to reduce the birth rate through spaying and neutering—and once again, PETA
is leading efforts to facilitate these vital procedures. Its mobile veterinary clinics offer low-cost to no-cost sterilization and other veterinary services in the
most impoverished areas of North Carolina for families who cannot afford to
have their animals fixed.
By placing a message on his car promoting spaying and
neutering, Earnhardt could help his many fans understand that they can play a
role in reducing the overpopulation of dogs and cats and drastically reducing
Whether your ride is a stock car or a station wagon, you can
help save the lives of homeless animals by spaying and neutering your own
companions and working to pass
mandatory spay/neuter legislation in your community.
Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) recently announced that its
shelters had a "no-kill December," a month during which the
department reportedly "did not euthanize any treatable or healthy animals
in its care." While this certainly sounds
wonderful and is what every animal shelter strives to achieve, one blogger explains
what the numbers really
translate into and how the welfare of animals is disregarded when statistics
become more of a focus than the animals themselves.
Longtime friend to animals,
Phyllis Daugherty, examined what "no-kill December" really meant for
animals who found refuge at LAAS last month and asked, "Are we really to
believe that with no other changes but a change of mind, suddenly all the least
desirable animals were swept from the shelter into 'forever' homes, or even
just to somewhere that they can be assured a humane life?"
While LAAS announced a 90 percent "live-save" rate
for December, this does not mean a 90 percent adoption rate. The term "live-save" means only that the
animals left the shelter, not that they went to qualified, screened homes. As
Daugherty explains, "Often the pet is merely taken to another shelter by 'transport,'
and possibly transported many times to different shelters in different areas in
the country if [he or she] is not adopted. Once the animal has left the L.A.
shelter, [his or her] impound (ID) number may be changed many times, so we
really don't know what ultimately happens to [him or her]."
Just days after Daugherty's article was posted, humane and sheriff's
officials in Oregon raided a self-purported "rescue" where more than
140 dogs were found starving, stuffed into tiny stacked travel carriers amid
their own waste and without access to water, after being "saved" from
euthanasia at an open-admission animal shelter in California. Many were found
with their eyes sealed shut with mucus and pus, and urine and excrement were dripping
onto them from the cages above. One dog was found in a carrier so small that "he
was unable to lie down, sit or stand up." The
Oregonian reported, "Some of the
dogs were in such an advanced state of starvation that technicians will have to
use a 'refeeding program' to reintroduce small amounts of easily digestible food."
Regarding LAAS, Daugherty rightfully asks, "Is this a
sustainable or desirable solution?" When the focus shifts from protecting
animals to playing a numbers game, animals pay the price, bounced around like
rubber balls and often ending up in situations so cruel and harsh that being
"saved" becomes a fate far worse than a painless exit from a world
that has already betrayed them once.
And unlike rubber balls, animals become confused and distressed
when bounced around, often developing severe separation anxiety and other
behavioral symptoms as they are moved from place to place. PETA has
investigated and exposed many hoarder "rescue" facilities—places such as Caboodle Ranch, Angel's
Gate, All Creatures Great and
Small, and other hellholes—where animals end up languishing in criminally cruel
conditions after they have been "saved" from open-admission shelters that
are desperately trying to fend off criticism from an ill-informed public misled
by the "no-kill" movement.
LAAS reports on its Facebook page that during the December effort, compassionate "volunteers
complained that [LAAS was] keeping too many animals. And it did get crowded."
We have to ask why the humane community is so quick to tolerate the suffering
and danger inflicted on animals who are the victims of the "no-kill"
As PETA has stressed for decades—and put its money
where its mouth is by spaying and neutering nearly 90,000 animals at low or no
cost in the past 10 years—the only way that we
can truly hope to become a "no-kill" nation is to work at the roots,
not at the "feel good" treetops. We must first become a no-birth nation through
aggressive spay/neuter initiatives—only then we can truly save lives.
The following was written by Emily Allen, CAP Associate
As Forrest Gump might say, fieldwork
performed by staff of PETA's
Community Animal Project (CAP) is kind of like a box of chocolates—because
on this job, you never
know what you're going to get. We rescue abandoned, abused, and neglected
animals in the areas surrounding PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters. It's a
big task, and we are looking to expand our team.
On any given day, we could be
crawling through a sewer, climbing
a tree, or digging through a
junkyard to rescue a terrified animal; shuttling animals of low-income families
to our no-cost to low-cost
spay and neuter clinics; or traveling into an
impoverished neighborhood to deliver doghouses, bedding, food, and toys to
animals who have been left outdoors.
We often come to the aid of neglected "backyard dogs"
like Rambo, whose owner
had left him trapped in a filthy pen with no food or water and whose every bone
stood out like bare limbs on a tree. We worked with police to get him
confiscated, and the owner was convicted of cruelty. That sweet dog, so
trusting despite having been betrayed, was adopted by a fantastic family,
gained 30 pounds, and now relishes the safe, comfortable indoor life—except for
romps in the park, of course—that every dog deserves.
We are also called upon to help suffering stray and feral cats.
One old cat was so severely
injured that his image will stay with me forever. His side was practically
covered by an open wound that was teeming with maggots. A woman had been feeding strays in her yard but was
apparently oblivious to the cat's condition. We whisked the dying animal back
to our office and gave him a peaceful
release from his suffering.
day and every story are different, but I leave work each day feeling that, like
the tale of the child who was saving the starfish who washed up on the beach, I
may not be able to help them all, but I can help this one and that one and this
one and …
Do you have what it takes to rescue
abandoned, abused, and neglected animals? Apply to be a CAP fieldworker.
In Michigan, birth control may be controversial when
it comes to humans, but when it
comes to dogs and cats, it's a no-brainer. As a bill that would restrict birth
control heads to the governor's desk, PETA is proposing to erect this billboard
in the state capital:
It is estimated that 6 to 8
animals enter our nation's
animal shelters every year, and only about half leave them alive because of a
lack of good homes. Countless others never make it to shelters and die on the
streets or at the end of a chain.
The key to ending this suffering
is spaying and neutering
prevent them from producing litter after litter of unwanted animals.
You can help by supporting PETA's fleet of mobile spay-and-neuter
clinics, which have
spayed and neutered more than 80,000 animals at low to no cost in the 11 years
since the first clinic rolled out of our parking lot, preventing the suffering
of hundreds of thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens.
And if you have the time, money,
and resources to care for an animal companion, please adopt from a shelter—never
buy an animal from a pet
store or breeder.
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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