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In the Media


Here you can read articles about WUFAW or on topics related to our work.


Nov 21, 2020 - Dog tied up in a truck and his sister bask in a bittersweet rescue (Long Beach News)

Long Beach News

“Are you ready to go?” dog rescuer Emily Ann Peters tenderly asked two large dogs with scraggly coats, various ailments and surprisingly sweet dispositions.

Ringo, a German shepherd mix, and his sister Barbie, who Peters thought to be a Lab mix, were piling into a mom-car to get on their way to Live Love Animal Rescue, a Long Beach nonprofit founded by Peters. They were leaving Long Beach Animal Care Services, where they’d spent one night after motorist Erin Ryder spotted Ringo tied down in the bed of a pickup truck. The dog’s mouth was taped shut.

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Nov 18, 2020 - Man surrenders dogs after video showing one tied up in the back of a truck goes viral (Long Beach News)

Long Beach News

A man has surrendered his two dogs to Long Beach Animal Care Services after a video went viral on social media of one dog tied up in the bed of a pickup truck with his muzzle taped shut.

Many community members alerted the Long Beach Police Department on Tuesday and ran the truck’s license plates from the photos and video, according to a statement. Police determined that “no crime had occurred” based on the preliminary information they have.

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Sep 9, 2020 - Meet Valarie Ianniello of Women United For Animal Welfare  (VoyageLA)

VoyageLA - ValarieToday we’d like to introduce you to Valarie Ianniello.

Valarie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love for animals started when I was very young. My father wasn’t around much but he would always bring home dogs as “gifts”. My best friend growing up was Schnoodle, a little black poodle/schnauzer mix (hence the name). My mom said she would often find me outside, arm around Schnoodle, telling her my problems. When I was finally got an apartment of my own in 1998, I started rescuing dogs and haven’t stopped since. My connection to dogs led me to make the connection to ALL animals and to eventually becoming vegan. Which has been one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.

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April 10, 2019 - Piden ayuda para controlar población de cerdos en San Juan (Telemundo de Puerto Rico)

In Spanish / en español

Title translation:  They ask for help to control population of pigs in San Juan

They build pens to take care of them and prevent them from continuing to procreate.

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Sep 30, 2018 - Paralyzed miracle dog gets happy ending (The Guam Daily Post)

Miracle DogOn a rainy day in early August, Arwen Niles loaded a paralyzed dog and her two puppies found near the airport into the back of her car. She didn't know what could be done to help them, nor that the paralyzed dog – soon christened Mama Dog – would end up staying with her family of three for two months. In those first moments, she just knew she could do something.

Now, nearly eight weeks later, Mama Dog's journey on Guam will end where it began: the A.B. Won Pat International Airport. On Sept. 26, Mama Dog was on an early flight to Hartford, Connecticut, where she'll receive medical care not available on island and settle into a temporary home with a foster parent who Niles said can't wait to meet her.

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Sep 14, 2018 - Activists Are Fighting to Stop the Mass Slaughter of Puerto Rico’s Pot-Bellied Pigs (Lady Freethinker)

potbelly pigsAnimal advocacy organizations Women United For Animal Welfare (WUFAW) and ARYA Pets have joined forces in a desperate effort to stop the USDA’s inhumane plan to slaughter hundreds of Vietnamese pot-belly pigs in Puerto Rico.

“We are fighting against the clock,” said Dr Natalia Soto, vice president and co-founder of WUFAW. “The USDA wants to get this done asap and we are determined to save as many pigs as possible. ”

The neighborhood of Caño Martin Peña in San Juan is overrun with feral pigs — former pets bought as “miniatures,” who grew and were then abandoned following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria....

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