Answer the Call: Become a Member of PETA’s Field Response Team

Are you ready to take your activism to the next level? PETA receives reports of animals in urgent need all over the country, and we need people on the ground to help us assist them.

PETA’s field responders are caring people who sign up to receive text messages from PETA about animals who need emergency assistance in their area, and they help in countless ways— including transporting a cat and her guardian to a veterinarian, taking photos from a public vantage point of a downed horse, and going to the scene of a turtle who was hit by a car to see if the animal is still alive and in need of help. None of these tasks require experience, but you’ll still have a PETA staff member guiding you every step of the way. And of course, you have no obligation to respond if you’re unavailable when the text comes in. But if you can, you can make a big difference for an animal in need—you might even save a life.

PETA’s Field Responders Make a Difference

Here are some of the victories that we’ve achieved with the help of this important team:

PETA was contacted by a person who had found a Carolina wren stuck to a glue trap and injured him while removing him because the individual wasn’t aware of our trusty tips. The caller was unable to drive, so a field responder whisked the bird to a wildlife rehabilitator for care.

Injured Carolina wren

When PETA persuaded the owner of three sad penned dogs to surrender them for a chance at a better life, he agreed—only if a volunteer would pick them up the same day. A PETA field responder rushed to the scene, secured custody of the pups, and delivered them to a reputable humane society.


Backyard dogs in pen


Rescued backyard dogs

When PETA received a report of a badly wounded opossum, likely struck by a vehicle, from a person who couldn’t stop to help, a field responder headed right out and got the injured animal into the hands of a capable veterinarian.

Injured opossum

Way to go, field responders!

If you, too, want to help animals in your area, don’t wait—sign up 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