For Porto, Romania's dangerous streets and freezing winter temperatures were just the beginning of his troubles.
The kitten had likely spent months scrounging for scraps and avoiding danger at every turn – whether that meant dodging fights with other cats, fleeing aggressive dogs, or steering clear of cruel humans who may have wanted to hurt him.
It's no wonder that this perilous life had left Porto shy and fearful – but when we saw the bleeding stump that had once been his tail, we knew we had to gain his trust to help him immediately.
PETA Germany and Romanian group Eduxanima are determined to help thousands of cats, dogs, and other animals in need in the coming months – and we need your help.
I hope you'll be there with us through your gift to PETA's Global Compassion Fund.
Cats and dogs are struggling to survive!
Once Porto was comfortable enough to let us touch him, we scooped him up and began giving him the care he urgently needed. Our veterinary team amputated what was left of his severely injured tail, vaccinated him, and neutered him.
Today, Porto is with a loving foster family and happily recovering from the trauma he endured. But many animals like him are still facing a daily nightmare as a result of Romania's animal-overpopulation crisis – forced to live outside in all weather extremes, dying slowly without care in urban shelters, starving to death on the streets, or succumbing to catastrophic injuries and diseases.
You can help give these and other animals a new lease of life by donating to PETA's Global Compassion Fund right now.
Our team encounters tremendous suffering every day in the rural areas we serve – but it's heartening to see how much we've achieved in just one year. So far, we've sterilised and vaccinated more than 8,000 cats and dogs (which has health benefits as well as preventing births), and we've placed 250 of these wonderful individuals in loving homes. We're also reaching thousands of Romanian children and their families through groundbreaking educational programmes that are helping to shape a kinder society.
The impact of our work has been tremendous, but many more animals are still waiting for our help. We must keep building on our success by promoting compassion and providing thousands more animals with urgent medical care, crucial spay or neuter surgeries, and life-saving food, water, and sturdy kennels.
Will you support vital work for animals around the world by giving to PETA's Global Compassion Fund today?
Backed by caring people like you, PETA affiliates and our local partners – whether in Romania, the Philippines, Mexico, or other countries – are giving hope to animals like Porto.
Thank you for your contribution to this critically important work for animals.