In addition to the work that PETA does to fight animal abuse throughout the world, every day PETA's field staff ventures into impoverished—and often rural—areas of Virginia and North Carolina to improve the living (and dying) conditions of animals. Our fieldworkers have worked and continue to work from within the communities to educate an often deeply unknowing public and better the lives of animals.
Our Community Animal Project (CAP) assists thousands of animals in Virginia and North Carolina every year. CAP fieldworkers rescue local animals directly—crawling through sewers, poking through junkyards, climbing trees, dodging cars, and coaxing terrified strays to safety. We go into the very poorest neighborhoods to deliver food, toys, doghouses, and bedding to animals who have never known a kind word or touch.
We also provide services such as spaying and neutering for animals who would otherwise reproduce and bring countless more animals into miserable and often deadly environments.
Learn more about SNIP (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) services and fees. CAP staff and volunteers also provide transportation for animals to our own mobile spay-neuter clinic and area veterinary clinics, provide water and food to dogs with empty bowls, loosen collars that have grown too tight, and provide tangle-free running lines for dogs hopelessly wrapped in heavy chains.
They spare injured and dying animals from terrible suffering and capture skittish strays other agencies have given up on. They also counsel animal guardians on proper, humane care and always explain why companion animals need to live inside the house with their families and, if there's a willing ear, help people make that transition.
And they don't give up. Our fieldworkers return to check on animals, replace old bedding, check doghouses, and make sure animals are in acceptable condition and have food and water. They continue to educate—politely—and urge reluctant humans to be real companions to their animals.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.