peta2 gives you loads of tips on cruelty-free living and makes helping animals one of the easiest and best things ever. But behind the scenes, there’s SO much more that goes on. We don’t just talk the talk—we walk the walk!

Rachelle delivering straw with PETA's Community Animal Project

PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Department (CID) is based on the East Coast—out of our office in Norfolk, Virginia, to be exact—but thanks to our national offices and remote employees, we’re able to help animals across the country day or night. Here’s a quick glimpse into the work that CID employees and volunteers tackled in October!

In the month of November, PETA’s mobile clinics
spayed and neutered 1,009 dogs and cats!

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We want YOU to help end the overpopulation crisis!

In Virginia and nearby North Carolina, we delivered 30 new (and FREE) doghouses to animals in need. Dig these before and after shots. 🙂

peta community animal project free dog house Bentley before after photo

PETA transported Bentley to and from his neuter appointment, and he got a brand-new wood doghouse and lightweight tie-out when he got home!

peta community animal project dog house before after picture

Betty had only a small plastic barrel for shelter when volunteers from our Community Animal Project found her, and she was on a very short chain. 🙁 Not only did we give her some fabulous new digs, we also got her spayed at PETA’s mobile clinic.

peta community animal project free doghouse Red before and after photos

Red’s owners had attempted to improve her leaky house by tying a tarp and half a barrel over the top. We helped them take their efforts to the next level by giving her a brand-new doghouse—just in time for winter!

 In October alone, PETA’s Community Animal Project
responded to 165 calls for assistance.

While delivering warm, dry straw to cold dogs, volunteers spotted this stray pup and spent 48 hours trying to capture him (including spending time underneath an abandoned house!).

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Once we earned his trust and were able to get a hold of him, we removed the too-small collar that had become embedded in his neck and had created a maggot-infested wound.

PETA transferred 24 animals to local shelters
and helped find homes for many others.

peta cruelty investigation department rescued dog Oliver in new home

Oliver was found as a stray, and miraculously, he was microchipped! We tracked down his guardian, who thought Oliver was too much to handle and wanted help finding him a new home. Oliver has since been adopted by one of our own staffers, and he’s already fitting in nicely with the canine crew.

PETA field workers rescued this chained pit bull Pinky who suffered from a sever case of mange.Pinky was chained to a dilapidated pen in a junk-strewn yard in North Carolina. Having gone for months without treatment, he suffered from severe mange that had eaten away most of his fur. His bright pink skin was so inflamed that it was hot to the touch! Pinky’s “owner” surrendered him to PETA’s fieldworkers, who quickly got him the urgent veterinary care he needed. Pinky is now on the mend, much of his fur has grown back, and—even better—he’s found a new “forever” home.

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 In the month of October, PETA’s Emergency Response Team responded to nearly 1,135 calls and e-mails!
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PETA came to the rescue of this dying, emaciated mare and provided her with a painless, compassionate release through euthanasia. Because of our work, the rest of her herdmates have been confiscated and charges have been filed against the people responsible for their suffering.

peta emergency response team rescued duck fishing hook wound

PETA made sure that this suffering duck, who had a hook through her bill and was tangled in fishing line, was given veterinary care, rehabilitated, and then returned to her home.

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After much time and effort, these neglected dogs in Texas were finally surrendered so that they can be given a new chance at life through a local animal shelter!

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This abandoned pit bull was rescued and taken to a local animal shelter for a chance at adoption!

peta cruelty investigation department rescued hermit crab

This growing hermit crab was living in a too-small home and suffering with an undersized shell. With our help, the little lady was rescued and now has a beautiful terrarium to call home, along with a new BFF! Yep, we care about hermit crabs just as much as we care about dogs and cats. 🙂

cute rescue kitten HoagieA peta2 staffer found this injured kitty by the side of a road and rushed her to a veterinarian for treatment. No surprise, the vet fell in love with her adorable face and adopted this sweet feline!