Mr. Jones, a gentle black dog, was emaciated, filthy, infested with fleas, and missing most of his fur when he hobbled into a firehouse and collapsed on the floor while Hurricane Irene ravaged the Eastern Seaboard. It was clear that even before he'd struggled through the massive storm's high winds and driving rains, his life was one of chronic neglect.
Mr. Jones was just one of the many animals PETA rescued who had been abandoned to fend for themselves in the midst of Hurricane Irene's powerful winds and rising floodwaters. PETA supporters make our efforts to help all animals—including Mr. Jones—possible.
PETA's dedicated team of rescuers worked around the clock, even as rising floodwaters made the dark, deserted streets nearly impassable. We knew that there were animals facing this deadly storm who were in desperate need of our help, and each time that we reached a terrified cat or a shivering dog, we either whisked him or her away to safety or convinced ignorant guardians to allow the animal indoors. Wherever tragedy strikes—from the flooded streets of Virginia to earthquake-devastated regions of Japan—PETA or our international affiliates are there to look out for animals struggling to survive in the face of disaster.
But the story of Mr. Jones is about more than a hurricane rescue. While we don't know exactly what he went through before stumbling into that firehouse, it's heartbreaking to think of the neglect that he had endured even before the hurricane. Who would deny an animal desperately needed veterinary care? Who would treat an animal with such callous disregard?
PETA is committed to stopping the abuse and neglect of all animals. That belief is at the very core of everything that we do, and it's why I hope you'll stand with us in our fight to stop their mistreatment. By making a tax-deductible gift today, you'll help ensure that PETA will continue to be a strong and effective voice for animals in the year to come.
Mr. Jones' story did not end with his visit to the firehouse. We made sure that he was nursed back to health and adopted into a loving forever home, where he will never go hungry again! Since being renamed Brophie, he's now living a happy, healthy life with a family that adores him.
As happy as I am for Brophie, I know there are still countless others like him who need our help. From conducting eye-opening undercover investigations that lead to precedent-setting charges against animal abusers to providing doghouses to neglected dogs to convincing major retailers to remove fur from their clothing lines, PETA's work for all animals is changing the way that the world considers and treats animals.
Whenever and wherever animals are abused, PETA will be there to respond—a promise we've kept for more than 30 years!