They were once neglected, cold, lonely, or scared—but not anymore. For Valentine’s Day, here are the stories of six animals who found love when all hope seemed lost. Scroll down to watch the video to see how love and family changed their lives forever.
was born to a mother who was used to produce litter after litter of puppies for the breeders who owned her. Like her mother and siblings, she was kept penned up outside, through all weather extremes. PETA found her a new home, and her guardians showed her “how good life can be.”
was relegated to a small hutch outside, even during inclement weather. This handsome rabbit was suffering from a nasty infestation of bot fly larvae, called “warbles.” He’d been at a few different shelters before arriving at PETA—where his new guardian was eagerly waiting for him.
was terrified and alone, living as a stray dog during Hurricane Matthew. The day after the storm hit, PETA fieldworkers were out checking for animals who needed help. As they looked around, Emmy came tearing up to the van and practically jumped inside. No one reclaimed her, but we found her a new home—and now her lonely days are gone!
grew out of being a kitten (as cats tend to do!) and wasn’t wanted by his owners anymore. He was fostered by a PETA staffer who just so happened to have another cat friend at home who looked exactly like him. After seeing how quickly the pair bonded, she knew there was no way she could split them up.
was one of more than 100 pigs rescued from hoarder facility Darlynn’s Darlins Rescue Ranch. She was emaciated and ill. The kind people at Rooterville Sanctuary in Florida helped her heal, and when she met her adoptive mom, it was love at first oink.
How anyone could not want Rusty and his big, brown, puppy dog eyes is baffling.
But after his owner gave him to PETA, he swiftly stole the hearts of his new family (right after stealing their food).
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”