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July 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

No-kill shelters condemn PETA

PETA works to end the need for euthanasia at the source

Carlos Ramirez and daughter Delilah, 2, left, look at cats up for adoption at the PAWS Chicago adoption center, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the Midwest. [Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT.]

Carlos Ramirez and daughter Delilah, 2, left, look at cats up for adoption at the PAWS Chicago adoption center, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the Midwest. [Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT.]

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is proud to be a shelter of last resort for animals who have nowhere else to go. [“No-kill-shelter activists target holdout PETA,” News, July 7.]

Many “no-kill” shelters refuse to accept all but the most adoptable animals and send the aged, ill, injured and aggressive ones to places like PETA that never turn anyone away.

We have found loving homes for some animals from special situations, but almost every adoptable animal we receive is transferred to busy open-admission shelters for a chance at adoption.

PETA works to end the need for euthanasia at its source, by spaying and neutering more than 93,000 animals at low cost to no cost to their guardians since 2001 in our mobile clinics.

We educate millions of people about animal adoption, respect, and the importance of sterilization with our ads and public service announcements. Our Community Animal Project fieldworkers are on the road every day and on call 24/7, helping abused and neglected animals.

We need everyone’s help. Please, always spay and neuter, adopt from shelters and never buy animals from pet stores or breeders.

Teresa Chagrin, PETA animal care & control specialist, Norfolk, VA

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