How PETA’s Community Animal Project Helps in Our Own Backyards

In addition to the work PETA does to end animal abuse throughout the world, every day its field staff ventures into underserved—and often rural—areas of Virginia and North Carolina to improve the lives of animals, including by informing these communities about how to care for them. 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.

PETA's Community Animal Project Gives Thor a Free Doghouse

Unlike his namesake, Thor the dog can’t control the weather—so fieldworkers rushed him a custom-built doghouse filled with insulating straw to help protect him from winter storms.

We go into the poorest neighborhoods to deliver food, toys, doghouses, and bedding to animals who have never known a kind word or touch.

We also supply spay/neuter services for animals who would otherwise reproduce and bring countless more into miserable and often deadly environments.

Learn More About Our Spay/Neuter Services and Fees

PETA’s Community Animal Project Staff and Volunteers Go Above and Beyond for Animals in Need

Our Community Animal Project staff and volunteers also offer transportation for animals to our mobile spay/neuter clinic and area veterinary clinics, deliver water and food to dogs with empty bowls, loosen collars that are too tight, and provide tangle-free running lines for dogs hopelessly entangled in tethers or forced to live on a chain.

The team also spares injured and dying animals terrible suffering and capture skittish strays other agencies have given up on. They also counsel animal guardians on proper, humane care; always explain why companion animals need to live inside with their families; and help people make that transition.

And they’re unwaveringly persistent. Our fieldworkers return replace old bedding, check doghouses, and make sure animals are in acceptable condition and have food and water. They continue to educate—politely—and encourage reluctant people to be true companions to their animals.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind