NYTimes: “PETA Finds Itself on Receiving End of Others’ Anger” excerpts

Is PETA helping abused animals?

NYTimes Article July 6, 2013

check out these excerpts from the NYTimes article:

Much to the horror of animal lovers, it has been reported by the NY Times that PETA “does few adoptions — 19 cats and dogs in 2012 and 24 in 2011, according to state records. At a time when the major animal protection groups have moved to a “no kill” shelter model, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals remains a holdout.

“the no-kill movement has grown very quickly, leaving PETA behind. In New York City last year, 8,252 dogs and cats were euthanized, compared with 31,701 in 2003” That number is improving stated the CEO of the ASPCA, Matthew Bershadker.

“It’s nice for people who’ve never worked in a shelter to have this idealistic view that every animal can be saved,” said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s vice president for cruelty investigations. “They don’t see what awful physical and emotional pain these poor dogs and cats suffer.”

More than any other group, Maddie’s Fund, a foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area with a $300 million endowment, has been responsible for the spread of the no-kill movement. Started in 1999 by Cheryl and David A. Duffield, dot-com billionaires, and named after their pet miniature schnauzer, the organization has underwritten several national programs promoting the movement. They have financed shelter care medical training programs at 18 of the country’s 29 veterinary schools, the idea being that healthy animals are cheaper to house and are more likely to be adopted.

About: Maddie’s Fund®

Maddie’s Fund® is helping abused animals with their pet rescue services.

Maddie’s Fund®, the Pet Rescue Foundation, is a family foundation established in 1999 to help fund the creation of a no-kill nation where all healthy, sick and injured shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home. Maddie’s Fund® has awarded $106 million in grants since 1999. It’s the largest pet foundation in the U.S. dedicated to saving dog and cat lives.

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund® is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through the combined efforts of Maddie’s® Grant Giving, Maddie’s CenterSM (hands-on animal care), and Maddie’s InstituteSM (research and education).

Maddie’s Fund® supports collaborative efforts in which entire cities and counties pool their talents and resources to build a safety net of care for the community’s dogs and cats. The foundation awards millions of dollars through multi-year grants to animal welfare coalitions to end the killing of healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats community-wide. It also offers grants to colleges of veterinary medicine to establish shelter medicine programs so that the specialized knowledge and skills of these institutions’ faculty and students can be incorporated into the effort to save all healthy, sick and injured shelter pets nationwide.

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