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  • Sep
  • 4

How ‘saving’ animals at all costs can be a dangerous proposition

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All across the country, people are hearing calls to raise the “save rate” at animal shelters. But beware: As warm and fuzzy as that sounds, a shelter’s high “save” rate does not reduce by one puppy or kitten the number of unwanted animals born every minute in private homes, in puppy mills, in breeders’ kennels […]

  • Aug
  • 17

‘No-Kill’ Horror Stories

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To hear proponents of “no-kill” talk, one would conclude that the only reason why animals in shelters are euthanized is because open-admission shelter workers just haven’t closed their eyes, clicked their heels, and wished hard enough. They hold up so-called “no-kill communities” around the country as “models,” but are these communities really as successful as […]

  • Dec
  • 26

‘No-kill’ is no solution to animal homelessness

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Last year, a family called PETA seeking help for their dying cat. The cat was elderly, rail thin, cold to the touch, moaning and too weak even to lift his head. Despite his hopeless condition, a local “no-kill” shelter had refused to help him because the family could not afford the mandatory 40-dollar surrender fee. […]

  • Dec
  • 7

Animals Deserve Good Lives – and Good Deaths

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You might not know me, but I’ll bet you’ve heard of my father, Tony Nicklinson. He became famous for something no one would wish on their worst enemy. A stroke in 2005 left him paralyzed from the neck down, unable to speak, care for himself or live any semblance of the life he once loved. […]

  • May
  • 8

Why It’s Important to Be Picky About Adoption

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A recent article on CNN’s website helps explain why many animal advocates—PETA included—support policies requiring in-depth assessment before placing companion animals into new homes: By screening properly, rescue workers and animal shelters can help make sure that animals who have often survived cruelty, neglect, or abandonment will find safe homes in which they will be […]

  • Mar
  • 20

‘No-Kill’ Nightmare: When an Animal ‘Sanctuary’ Isn’t

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Acquiring an animal means making a lifetime commitment. But what if illness, economic hardship or some other unforeseen circumstance forces you to give up a cherished animal companion? Many well-meaning people unwittingly turn to pseudo-sanctuaries that promise loving care for their animals, but as a new PETA undercover investigation reveals, giving animals away to strangers—even […]

  • Jul
  • 17

‘I Want to Open a Huge Sanctuary for Homeless Cats and Dogs’

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“If only I had the money, I’d open up a huge sanctuary for all homeless cats and dogs!” I’m sure you have heard this idea expressed as a possible solution to the homeless dog and cat crisis. Over the decades, I’ve found that these comments usually come from those who haven’t really ever given a […]

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