In another clear-cut case of truth being stranger than fiction, “Octomom” Nadya Suleman has just signed a deal to promote spaying and neutering for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
It couldn’t have come at a better time for Suleman.
The fame-seeking mom, who gave birth to octuplets last year, now has 14 mouths to feed and a mortgage to pay off. According to the Associated Press, she is in default on a 450,000 balloon payment on her house, and it could be just days before it goes into foreclosure.
So PETA came along and made her an offer she apparently couldn’t refuse: She will get $5,000 and all the veggie dogs the single mom and her 14 kids can eat in one year if she will put up a sign in her front yard reading, “Don’t let your dog or cat become an ‘Octomom.’ Always spay or neuter.” The sign features a cat nursing a litter of kittens.
The Orange County Register obtained a copy of the letter than convinced Suleman to sign on. Here’s are some exceprts:
In light of recent reports that you may be facing foreclosure on your home, we’d like to offer to bolster your finances by paying to place an ad (enclosed) on your front lawn…
When you gave birth to octuplets to bring your total number of children to 14, you grabbed headlines and got the world talking about your controversial decision. Now will you help turn some of that attention to another important matter–the dog and cat overpopulation crisis? Every year, 6 to 8 million animals are turned over to animal shelters, and roughly half of them are euthanized because of the lack of good homes. Thousands of other unwanted dogs and cats live on the streets, where they often fall victim to cars, abuse from unkind people, attacks by other animals, disease, or starvation. Much of this suffering can be prevented by simply spaying and neutering…
Taking us up on our offer is a win-win situation: It would help you and your children to keep your home and also reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats. Thank you for your consideration.
Suleman’s neighbors are already less than thrilled with all the attention she has brought to their quiet La Habra, Calif., enclave, and with her large brood, and with all the paparrazzi. They are doubtless going to be thrilled by this sign, and the fact that it is buying Suleman at least another month to remain the girl next door.