6 Gut-Wrenching Animal Rescue Tales
Every day and night, in all weather extremes, PETA fieldworkers answer calls for help from people living in some of the poorest communities in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, where animals often have no one else to help them.
Here are six wonderful dogs PETA helped this fall:
Champagne had been “bottled up” in a cramped, dark, and filthy outdoor cage 24/7. Her feet were stained yellow from standing in urine, and she had no access to food or water when we found her.
Champagne’s owner agreed to surrender her, and our fieldworkers transferred her to the open-admission Virginia Beach SPCA (VBSPCA), where she was soon adopted.
Diesel was surrendered to PETA to be euthanized. He was extremely skinny, and his stomach was painfully swollen. Suspecting criminal neglect, we had a test performed to determine the cause of his condition. Sadly, a veterinarian found that Diesel had been starved, and PETA has filed cruelty charges against his abuser.
3. Little One
Little One was suffering from a massive abscess, which had ruptured and become infected, inviting maggots into the painful wound. The cat’s guardians gave him to PETA so that we could end his suffering.
Our fieldworkers came to the aid of this elderly, immobile dog named Sage, whose owner had recently passed away. Sage was suffering from a ruptured mammary tumor—a vivid reminder of one reason why it’s so important to have our animal companions spayed early in life. Spaying greatly reduces female animals’ risk of developing mammary cancer and eliminates their risk of developing uterine cancer. (And neutering eliminates male animals’ risk of developing testicular cancer and reduces their risk of developing prostate cancer.)
Coco had been chained outdoors with nothing but a wire crate with a piece of plywood on top of it for “shelter.” Thankfully, he was given to PETA, and after a bath and some TLC, this little guy was transferred to the VBSPCA and put up for adoption.
Ace had nothing but a drafty open box to huddle under. We set him up with a cozy new doghouse just in time for the winter weather.
Sissy was one of several small dogs who were left outside with only plastic barrels to shield them from harsh weather. We gave them a proper doghouse to curl up in and some much-needed affection and attention.
October was a record-breaking month for PETA’s mobile spay/neuter clinics:
They spayed or neutered 1,119 dogs and cats in just one month, preventing thousands upon thousands of animals from being born only to end up neglected, on the streets, or in shelters. Here are just a few of their adorable clients—each of whom was spayed or neutered for free and given a free lift to and from the appointment.
Every dog wasting away in a backyard cage, every cat shivering outdoors on a winter night, and every animal waiting for a good home that never comes came from two animals who weren’t spayed or neutered. Please help us stop animal suffering at its source: Always spay or neuter your animals, and urge your friends and family to do so, too.