The Sultan of PETA’s ClinicJanuary 13, 2021
We want to introduce you to a very special member of PETA’s team in Petra—the clinic’s resident canine, Sultan!
While the abuse and neglect of donkeys, horses, and camels exploited for labor in the tourist areas of the “Lost City” are well documented (thanks to multiple PETA exposés), these aren’t the only animals in the area being helped by our clinic.
Many dogs in Petra are struggling to get enough to eat—some are so hungry that they’ve turned to eating trash and bits of plastic just to get something in their aching stomachs. Their desperately poor owners, struggling to make ends meet in the midst of the pandemic, can no longer afford to feed them. That’s why the staff members of PETA’s clinic are doing all that they can to ensure that no animals starve under their watch by providing those in desperate need with free food.
For dogs like Sultan, hunger isn’t the only hazard—the clinic routinely treats local dogs for everything from mange and inflamed paws to snakebites and other wounds, some infected or infested with maggots from being neglected for so long.
But none of these are problems for Sultan, who’s living the good life at the clinic. He enjoys hanging out with the clinic’s donkey patients, offering companionship that keeps their spirits up during treatment. He’s developed a particularly strong bond with one donkey, named Buzz . Sultan seeks out shady spots in the clinic’s rehabilitation yard to nap, and Buzz follows him to nuzzle and groom him gently while he sleeps.
Clinic staff change hearts and minds one animal at a time.
The clinic is helping animals in Petra, Jordan, who are forced to wear chain halters.
One dirty water trough and hundreds of thirsty animals without a drop to drink.