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Among the dogs playing in PETA's park who are dearly loved by guardians who take them to dog parks and throw them dog parties, you will occasionally find a dog who is being treated to the first freedom he or she has ever had in life.

Why are they there? Because PETA goes into the most impoverished areas of lower Virginia and North Carolina to offer services to dogs who spend their whole lives on a chain. They are there to enjoy a romp before they get their free spay or neuter aboard PETA's mobile SNIP (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please) truck, which offers low-cost or free spaying and neutering services to low-income families.

PETA's Community Animal Project (CAP) goes out to find these forgotten dogs and bring them some relief from a hard life that usually does not end well. Kept permanently on chains, these dogs will never know what its like to play in a dog park or have a dog party.

CAP delivers sturdy doghouses that don't leak, flexible tie-outs to replace the heavy chains that hold them prisoner, straw to help keep them warm as temperatures drop, and other things that can help make the harsh lives that they have been relegated to a little less miserable.