Written by Michelle Kretzer
The following was written by Emily Allen, CAP Associate
As Forrest Gump might say, fieldwork
performed by staff of PETA's
Community Animal Project (CAP) is kind of like a box of chocolates—because
on this job, you never
know what you're going to get. We rescue abandoned, abused, and neglected
animals in the areas surrounding PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters. It's a
big task, and we are looking to expand our team.
On any given day, we could be
crawling through a sewer, climbing
a tree, or digging through a
junkyard to rescue a terrified animal; shuttling animals of low-income families
to our no-cost to low-cost
spay and neuter clinics; or traveling into an
impoverished neighborhood to deliver doghouses, bedding, food, and toys to
animals who have been left outdoors.
We often come to the aid of neglected "backyard dogs"
like Rambo, whose owner
had left him trapped in a filthy pen with no food or water and whose every bone
stood out like bare limbs on a tree. We worked with police to get him
confiscated, and the owner was convicted of cruelty. That sweet dog, so
trusting despite having been betrayed, was adopted by a fantastic family,
gained 30 pounds, and now relishes the safe, comfortable indoor life—except for
romps in the park, of course—that every dog deserves.
We are also called upon to help suffering stray and feral cats.
One old cat was so severely
injured that his image will stay with me forever. His side was practically
covered by an open wound that was teeming with maggots. A woman had been feeding strays in her yard but was
apparently oblivious to the cat's condition. We whisked the dying animal back
to our office and gave him a peaceful
release from his suffering.
day and every story are different, but I leave work each day feeling that, like
the tale of the child who was saving the starfish who washed up on the beach, I
may not be able to help them all, but I can help this one and that one and this
one and …
Do you have what it takes to rescue
abandoned, abused, and neglected animals? Apply to be a CAP fieldworker.
Written by PETA
You can't pick up a newspaper (or browse a news blog) anymore without seeing an article lamenting the state of the economy—especially when it comes to unemployment. The question on everyone's mind seems to be, "Are there any jobs available?" Sadly, the answer in the meager want ads seems to be a resounding "No."
But there's hope, people! One place, at least, is still hiring. Thanks to the exponentially increasing interest in animal rights (just look at the reactions to our new undercover investigation), PETA has been fortunate enough to be able to expand its workforce.
This video makes excellent points about PETA's mission, but I would like to add a few more reasons why working for PETA is the best job in the world*:
Convinced? I thought so. So head on over to check out our current job openings and give us a holler—we'd love to hear from you.
Written by Amanda Schinke
*According to a recent study, the worst job in the world is that of a lumberjack. PETA has no lumberjack positions. Coincidence? Or evidence of how awesome PETA is?
Archele Hundley is the latest in a long list of brave ex-Ringling Bros. employees to come to PETA with her story about what the folks at the circus get up to when they think no one’s watching. The PSA that she just recorded for us to help expose the circus’s animal abuse is a must-see for any parents who still take their kids to the circus, so please do pass it on if you know any grown-ups with children.
The wonderful Pamela Anderson, who was once paid to promote M&M's, has come out against Mars Candy for funding inhumane experiments on animals in violation of its own written policy. Pam faxed a letter to Mars President Paul S. Michaels this week expressing her support for PETA’s Mars Campaign, and letting him know that she will be encouraging her fans to boycott the candy this Holiday season. "When my friends at PETA showed me evidence that Mars continues to fund cruel and pointless animal tests,” she writes, “I was shocked—and it takes a lot to shock me."
You can read the full letter here.
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