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Community Animal Project to the Rescue

Written by PETA | October 21, 2010

Every day, Emily, Amanda, Christina, Kelly, and Misty of PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP) respond to pleas to help abused and neglected animals in impoverished areas of southern Virginia and North Carolina. They’re often a caller’s last hope. Here are just three recent cases to give you an idea of their work:



By a fluke, PETA’s CAP staffers happened upon Ridge while checking on other neglected, chained dogs in his neighborhood. The elderly dog was suffering from a severe skin condition, multiple tumors, arthritis, and seizures. Winter would have been pure hell for him. His guardian said that she was praying he would just die in his sleep. Ridge would almost certainly have frozen to death if one of his other illnesses didn’t claim him first. Our staff convinced her that it was cruel not to take action, and she agreed to let the poor old fellow be put out of his misery after a wonderful meal and a lot of attention.



We learned about the plight of this little bunny, Ms. Bunkins, when her guardian called PETA to ask for assistance with neutering her cat (assistance that we readily provided). The bunny was kept confined to a tiny wire cage with another rabbit who was suffering from a severely deformed leg (and who was later euthanized). Neither rabbit had been spayed or neutered—their guardian didn’t even know their sexes! Perhaps most dangerous of all, she was feeding the rabbits cat food.



PETA supplied Ms. Bunkins with fresh greens, hay, and a larger new enclosure, and we gave her guardian some important information about proper rabbit care. We also scheduled spay surgery.



Our relationship with Lady goes all the way back to when she was a puppy, chained up with her mother in a backyard. PETA’s CAP staffers managed to get both mother and daughter spayed, and they recently returned to euthanize Lady’s elderly mother after she had a stroke. Soon afterward, Lady’s guardians called to say that they were worried Lady was lonely after the death of her mother. Thrilled that our efforts to educate the family were at last bearing fruit, we encouraged them to bring Lady inside and arranged for her to be bathed, groomed, and treated for fleas. Upon her return, Lady was taken inside the house for likely the very first time in her life.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Sandra taylor says:

    What can one do about the ridiculous laws now in place at the Floyd Animal Shelter in Rome, GA. There are groups in and out of state that find rescue for animals on deathrow at the shelter. The director refuses to allow people in except for his chosen volunteers. There’s something horrible going on there. They are not telling people that they only have HOURS to find rescue for an animal or they will euthanize. Where can we turn? We’ve tried to work with the Director, Jason something, but he’s rude, defensive, and shouldn’t be in this position. They euthanize dogs and puppies every single week and kill thousands every year, yet when we tried to help and asked if we could go in and help clean out the shelter and with volunteers, try to make it better, he was rude and told us that no one was coming in. Since a few of us were from out-of-state, he pretty much told us to butt out and then put stricter rules for rescue groups from out of state. He’s making it impossible for us to find rescue, and giving us a few hours to do it is ridiculous when he has empty crates at his facility.

  • rottsrus says:

    I disagree with your treatment of Ridge. I know it would be hard to find a place for him but he should have been given a comfortable place and medication to live out his days instead of put to sleep.

  • Abercrombie And Fitch says:

    Cool, there are actually some worthwhile ideas on here some of my associates will find this useful, will send them a link, thank you.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    If my husband ever retires and we have enough money for start up, I would like to open a hospice for pets whose guardians are just too overwhelmed to give them proper care. They would have warm, dry places to sleep in the house, the best food (yes, I would be willing to cook for them) a well kept yard to walk around in, they would be given their medications on time ( as a former veterinary assistant I am good at administering medications, even shots) and taken to the vet when necessary. The guardians would have a standing invitation to visit whenever they wished and without notice. That would keep everyone on their toes about keeping things clean and sanitary. I would have a limit of approximately 5 animals at a time…I have four animal companions right now, a dog, two lovebirds and a cat, so I know from experience I can handle about 5 of them. When the vet advised euthanization, I would make sure the guardians were present if they wished to be there. I would also help arrange for cremation if they wished, and also a service if they wished that. I would try to do this on donations if at all possible, or charge a sliding scare fee based on the guardians income…however if the guardian had no income, it would be free. God always provides.