Cruelty Investigations Department: On the Front Lines and Behind Closed Doors

From diving into a river to rescue drowning birds and investigating cruelty cases to sending undercover investigators to get footage that animal-abusing industries don’t want you to see, PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Department (CID) is always there to jump in and take action to help suffering animals.

Endlessly exciting and extremely rewarding, each day in CID brings a new adventure. At any given time, you can find caseworkers gathering evidence of legal violations, testifying in high-profile court cases in behalf of animals and those who protect them, handling live interviews for major media outlets, connecting disadvantaged animal guardians with PETA’s low-cost or no-cost spay-and-neuter program, helping to provide doghouses and straw to needy animals, taking custody of old, sick, or neglected animals, and directly rescuing abused and abandoned animals.

CID caseworkers work hard to help animals in jeopardy and to persuade authorities to deal forcefully with the abusers. In addition to working behind the scenes on countless cases of cruelty to animals every year and fielding hundreds of calls every week from concerned citizens across the country, CID can also be found on the front lines. In the wake of September 11, members of the department led a rescue team that provided aid to animals who were left stranded in apartments near Ground Zero when their guardians were barred from returning to their homes. They also sent several teams equipped with vans, boats, and rescue gear to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and rescued hundreds of animals.

CID rescues animals from hideous and seemingly hopeless situations and brings relief, joy, and hope to countless animals each day. This dynamic and dedicated department is currently looking for kind and motivated professionals for a variety of positions.

Check out PETA and The PETA Foundation’s open positions now.

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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