Name: Tiffany Rose
Position: Action Team coordinator
Where do you work? PETA’s office in Oakland, California
Do you have companion animals? I have a Chihuahua mutt named The Gronz.
What’s the best part about your job? I get to take my dog to work every day! But the best part of the job IS the job!
What’s the hardest part about your job? Having to constantly defend PETA to people who do not know much about the organization. I wish people would do some research before they spread misinformation. PETA does an enormous amount of work toward ending animal suffering, and so many things that are being said about us are false.
Best memory at PETA: It’s a bittersweet one. I assisted with the seizure of the animals for one of our investigations and spent the majority of my time working in the rat maternity ward, which housed hundreds of mothers and pinkies. Two distinct memories come to mind. The first was learning what awesome mothers rats are. These rats were living in hell, dying of starvation and dehydration, yet fiercely protected their babies. As a mother, I gained so much respect for them and felt an uncanny kinship with them. The other memory is from that same investigation. When cleaning the hundreds of filthy enclosures, I also began checking the rats’ water bottles and realized that they were all empty! I traced the tubing back to its main source, a giant empty tub. Immediately, a colleague and I filled it with water and watched as countless rats emerged from deep in their own filth to get hydrated for the first time in days. For just a moment, I alleviated a portion of the anguish felt by innocent victims.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the office? I have play dates for my 3-year-old son, work on my website, and listen to heavy metal, punk, and Prince. I used to love reading but haven’t had much time lately. Most importantly, I am currently teaching my son how to dance like a robot.