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VIDEO: The Only Word This Dog Knew Was 'No'—See Him Now!

For more than five years, Marley the dog was chained up in a backyard without proper food or clean water. His owner would hit him on the head for getting "too excited," and the only word that he understood was "no"—he didn't even recognize his own name. But as this new PETA video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwFJ78TeM0Q&feature=youtu.be) released today shows, that all changed when he was given to PETA: He was treated for parasites and malnutrition and adopted into a loving new home.

Now, he has a warm couch to sleep on, a doggie friend named Kyah to play with, and all the snuggles he wants. "I really, really liked his little attitude that he had and the spirit that he had that wasn't going to be broken," says Michael Moss, his adopter. "He's got toys, bones, treats, and Kyah—and a big backyard he can play in .… That's all I really want. I just want him to be happy."

More information about PETA's work to help dogs and cats is available here (http://www.peta.org/about-peta/learn-about-peta/helping-animals-in-hampton-roads/community-animal-project/), and more photos of Marley are available on PETA's blog (https://www.peta.org/blog/video-for-rescued-marley-every-little-thing-gonna-be-alright/).

Anonymous
Washintgon, DC

Spike the Needy

When we moved in there were a lot of feral cats in the neighborhood. We did what we could spaying and neutering them. Across the alley was a house no one lived in but a really pretty kitten that loved to come over and "chat". He was very friendly and loved to be held and petted.

One stormy night my husband got worried about him and went out to see if he was ok. He called him Spike (he earned the name later). He came bounding over the fence and into my husbands arms. That did it. In he came and hasn't been outside since. He's very "needy" when he wants to be petted. He'll sit on the arm of your chair for hours getting loved on. He thinks he's boss kitty and we haven't the heart to tell him otherwise.

Anonymous
Kingman, AZ

Our Jaz

I had recently lost my big girl Maggie to cancer. I wasn't sure if I was ready to adopt another yet but saw this girl at the Weld Co Humane Society. She's a tripod. I asked what her story was. Abuse. I was the 4th person to visit with her. No one else wanted to take her on. They were going to make her a residential mascot of sorts. Couldn't let that happen. They have so much to do on a daily basis. You could say we rescued each other. She's had a lot of other issues. IBD pretty bad. We got her a stroller to ride in. We've spent a lot of money on this little girl with emergency vet visits but I wouldn't change a thing!! I recommend taking on a shelter animal with challenges. She's a happy little mommas girl.

Donna Burger
Johnstown, CO

My Seeley Girl

This is Seeley's intake photo at the extremely high kill shelter Devore in San Bernardino, California on May 31, 2013. She was a stray, picked up by AC in a field along with her 2 sisters. I have been told her mama was probably a street dog. On intake, the shelter named her "Dove". This is the photo that started it all...she stole my heart and I felt so compelled to rescue her from the moment I saw her. Through the wonderful world of Facebook, I have almost 2,300 friends, most of which are animal advocates and through networking I was able to find someone to go in and "pull" her to safety. From there she went to boarding for a few days until transport left to Montana. She is my heart and I love her so much.

Theresa Froehlich
Butte, MT

Handsome Levi

Levi is an answer to prayer.

We had 2 rescued dogs & lost our male coonhound suddenly to bloat. We were devastated & so was his mate Lucy an American bulldog mix.

We prayed & asked the Lord to show us our next family member. He brought handsome Levi!

He is a plott hound-greyhound mix, saved by the Rescue Express in media, pa. He was abused and had a subluxated hip & healed vertebrae to prove it. He was fostered for 6 months in a loving family who began to teach him to love.

He was 40lbs when we adopted him & became scared easily. When we tried to train him to walk on a leash, his fear would take over him. We prayed, asking God to train us in training Levi. He did!

He guided my husband to walk him & Lucy together. He guided me to jog with Levi.

I am not a jogger! I walked, & went to the gym and took classes. That’s it.

But I trust God, so I tried.

I prayed the whole time. And God helped us.

Through years of exercise & training, Levi is now a loving, happy, friendly & healthy dog.

He put on 10lbs of muscle and became physically & mentally stronger.

My husband and I learned to trust God & became healthier & more patient.

Thank God for Levi!

Sincerely,

Mike, Holly, lucy & Levi Blandford.

Holly Blandford
Mohnton, PA

Panther

He was the boss of the neighbourhood, one of the many ferals we were feeding and providing shelters for. We fed him for six years, and managed to sneak in a stroke or pat every now and then. Then one icy February night, I found him crouched on our step, eyes running and his breath a wheeze. It is a measure of how sick he was that he let me scoop him up and take him inside to a warm bed and warm food in the basement. For weeks, the only sign there was a cat in the basement was the used litter box and the eaten food, but slowly he warmed to us. A few months later he began to come upstairs and has reached an accord with out other two rescues. It took a while longer for him to discover laps, but these days he has decided that my husband's lap is the place to be. His ears are ragged from frostbite and he has only a third of a tail, relics of a hard life. But he will have comfort for the rest of his days.

Jeanne MacDonald
New Waterford, NS, Canada

The Day I Was Adopted

It was a frigid December morning when you showed up at my doorstep, a handful of kitten, cold, sick and hungry, all mite-ridden ears, rheumy eyes and scruffy tail, but not short on charm—oh, you had plenty of that! You looked up at me, gave me a ‘silent meow,’ and it was a done deal! That was just days before I was planning on going to the local shelter to adopt a cat—you decided to save me the trouble. For thirteen years you filled my life and home with love, laughter, and companionship. For months after you crossed the Bridge, whenever I sat at my computer I could almost feel the pressure of your paw on my leg when you decided I’d worked long enough and it was time for a cuddling break (if I ignored you, you’d resort to more drastic action, jumping on the desk and sitting on the keyboard!). When you left, you left a void as big as the Texas sky in my heart. My sweet boy, it’s been thirty years since that December day when you adopted me, and other rescues have come and then joined you over the Bridge, but I miss you still. Your pawprints will be in my heart forever.

Mommy - December 2017

Emily
Lancaster, PA

Pretty Yannie

I first met Yannie at an adoption event and it was love at first sight. First, I saw only her back but when I saw her face, despite her crippled ear, her tearing eyes, I thought she was the most beautiful kitty in the world! But she was sick, so lethargic, and was sneezing a lot. I had to think again before adopting a sick cat since I had just put my 20+ years old beloved Millie to sleep after 19 years of companionship, with the last 5 years caring for her with medication for several medical conditions.

But Yannie kept being on my mind, so I called the lady who had rescued her from a high kill rate shelter in Georgia and she was still available. With appropriate vet care, months later, she went over her URI, the worst case of ear mites my vet had ever seen, ringworm, and got her herpes virus under control. Her sweet personality was never affected by all those health issues and she became my husband's girlfriend.

Yannie didn't like other cats but she compensated with all the love she could give to us, and every human she would meet. She definitely was a people cat and would not accept being ignored, she always had to be the center of attention. Two years after we moved back to Canada, she started having health problems. After a couple of months of blood work and several vet appointments, an ultra sound test showed that she had a big tumor attached to her stomach. That day I went to the vet with a kitty in a carrier and came back with an empty carrier... Sooo heartbreaking! But I know I made the right decision, no more suffering for that beautiful soul. She was about 8. We will never forget our Yannie and all the love and wonderful years she gave us. I'm so glad we gave her a second chance, she paid us so much in return with love and laughter.

Denise Bellefleur
Williamstown, ON, Canada

Chewie

In 2008 when the economy crashed, we lost two thirds of our income and I needed to reenter the workforce after years of being at stay at home mom and wife. It was a very depressing and lonely time because my husband was working long hours trying to make ends meet, my daughter decided to move out and took her up with her, and even with a master’s degree I wasn’t finding a job. Finally, my husband suggested I look for a free dog. Well, I decided on looking at the “New Hope” dogs at the local shelter. These were dogs close to being euthanized so their adoption fees were reduced. Of the 3 there, Chewie attracted me because of his coloring. I went and met all three, and chose Chewie because he was laid back, house and crate trained. While doing paper work he looked even better because the lady helping me wanted to alert the volunteers through email that Chewie had a forever home. Chewie has not met anyone who hasn’t liked him, and he more than dispelled my loneliness and depression. He makes me laugh every day, and is my cuddle buddy at night. I don’t know how I would have made those days without him.

Linda Flunker
Gainesville, FL

A Click of Christmas Cheer: Watch This Happy Rescued Puppy Ring in the Holidays After Nearly Dying in the Philippines (Video)

With the holidays just around the corner, PETA Asia is spreading some cheer with a brand-new video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgz8z0ncyZU&feature=youtu.be) released today about a puppy named Christmas.

When PETA Asia fieldworkers found Christmas on the island of Taal Volcano in the Philippines, he was tiny, covered with lice, and suffering from infected, pus-filled wounds on his back. But they could tell that he was a fighter. PETA Asia's staffers persuaded his guardian to surrender the tough little dog to their care. He recovered and was adopted, and now, he's full of energy and celebrating his first namesake holiday with a loving family, a cadre of canine companions, and more toys than he has time to play with.

"This puppy's new lease on life is a reminder that the holidays aren't about the gifts under the tree but rather the difference that we can make for those among us who are suffering," says PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien. "PETA predicts that Christmas' happy story will warm people's hearts this winter and have everyone raising a glass of vegan eggnog in celebration."

PETA's motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way." Additional photos of Christmas are available here (https://www.peta.org/blog/video-will-melt-heart-christmas-puppys-first-holiday/). Please let me know if you have any questions or if there's any further information that I can provide. Many thanks.

Anonymous
Was, AL
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