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Meet Our New York State Director

A former state representative for Ulster County, Brian Shapiro now spearheads animal protection policy and campaigns for The HSUS in the Empire State. Contact the state director Resources for animals in New York

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  • New York: Cows Need Their Tails!

    Many dairy producers cut or crush the tails off cows without any pain relief. Cruel and unnecessary tail "cutting" or "docking" will be outlawed in New York if you help pass bill A.925. Call and email today!

  • New York: City: Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

    New York City carriage horses are forced to work and live in inhumane conditions, and there have been dozens of accidents resulting in horse injuries and deaths. Please urge your NYC Council Members to support the ban of this inhumane practice.

  • Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill for New York

    New York animal cruelty laws have been more difficult to enforce because they're hidden within the state's Agriculture and Markets statutes for decades, confusing police, prosecutors and judges. You can change that now!


  • Get Mobile Alerts

    Text HSUSNY to 30644 to receive text alerts from The HSUS with ways to make a critical difference for animals in New York. (Message and data rates may apply.) Our Victories in New York [PDF]

  • Volunteer for the Animals

    From helping animals in our care centers, to assisting the HSUS Animal Rescue Team, to grassroots organizing, there are many ways you can help. Learn More


  • April 10, 2015

    HSUS Internship Opportunities

    Help animals and receive valuable training in the animal protection field. Apply for an internship.

  • April 2, 2015

    Additional Volunteer Opportunities

    Help protect animals by volunteering with The Humane Society of the United States.

  • March 26, 2015

    Volunteer with our Faith Outreach Program

    Promote animal protection in the faith community. Apply to be a Faith Outreach volunteer.

  • February 23, 2015

    Become an HSUS Ally

    Help The HSUS in our mission to celebrate animals and confront cruelty. Become an HSUS Ally.

  • February 19, 2015

    Techniques for Resolving Coyote Conflicts

    To effectively and humanely solve conflicts with coyotes, use a two-part program that combines education and hazing.

  • February 18, 2015

    Celebrating Animals: Readers Submit Their Best Photos to All Animals Magazine

    A beautiful hummingbird enjoys the bounty provided by a bird-loving New York couple.

  • October 20, 2014

    Volunteer to Phone Bank

    Help The HSUS in our mission to celebrate animals and confront cruelty. Apply to be a phone banking volunteer.

  • August 12, 2014

    Gov. Cuomo Signs New York Ivory, Rhino Horn Ban

    HSUS New York state director Brian Shapiro praises Gov. Cuomo and state legislators for banning elephant ivory and rhino horn in the state.

  • July 31, 2014

    Reward Offered in Madison County Cat Cruelty Case

    The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for throwing a garbage bag containing 12 cats and kittens from a moving vehicle in the City of Oneida, New York.

  • June 20, 2014

    Groups Congratulate New York State Legislature for Passing Historic Ban on Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn

    The Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resources Defense Council and The Humane Society of the United States praised the New York State Legislature today for passing landmark legislation that bans the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horn.

  • April 29, 2014

    Reward Offered in New York Mass Cat Killing

    The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the brutal killings of 25 cats.

  • March 20, 2014

    Deer Fertility Control Research Project Launched in The Village of Hastings-On-Hudson

    A five-year research project has been launched by The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson to humanely stabilize and substantially reduce the local deer population over time.

  • January 10, 2014

    Statement on New York Governor Signing Groundbreaking Puppy Mill Legislation

    New York local governments can now regulate large-scale commercial puppy mills and provide oversight of pet dealers, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of A.740a/S.3753a. Sponsored by Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal, D-New York, and Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, the law grants counties and municipalities the ability to enact regulations to protect dogs raised in puppy mills. Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

  • January 8, 2014

    Glee Star Takes a Stand Against Puppy Mills

    Golden Globe and Emmy nominee, Lea Michele, has joined forces with The Humane Society of the United States to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that will give local governments the ability to regulate New York puppy mills.

  • January 6, 2014

    2013 Ranking of State Animal Protection Laws Released

    In the fifth annual “Humane State Ranking” report released by The Humane Society of the United States, California held onto first place while South Dakota has the weakest animal protection laws in the nation.

  • October 25, 2013

    The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Syracuse, N.Y., Dog Starvation Case

    The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the starvation and death of a young pit bull-type dog. The HSUS reward is in addition to a reward offered by Cuse Pit Crew, raising the total reward offered to $6,000.

  • October 22, 2013

    New York Governor Signs Critical Legislation on Invasive Wild Pigs

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation prohibiting the importation, possession, sale or release of Eurasian boar, wild pigs and their hybrids. The law phases out high-fenced shooting enclosures and breeders from stocking these animals by 2015, and immediately prohibits importation or release of the animals. Violators would be fined $500 to more than $1,000.

  • October 22, 2013

    More Than Forty of the ‘Best New Chefs’ 2013 Awardees and Alumni Pledge to Protect Seals

    The Humane Society of the United States congratulates the 42 HSUS’ Chefs for Seals participants who are being honored by FOOD & WINE Magazine. Chefs for Seals participants have joined The HSUS’ Protect Seals campaign to end Canada’s commercial seal slaughter.

  • October 4, 2013

    Buffalo Public School District Joins Meatless Monday Movement

    Buffalo Public School District has joined the international Meatless Monday movement by offering exclusively meat-free meals in its K-12 cafeterias every Monday and by educating students about the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods.

  • July 26, 2013

    New York Ends Shark Fin Trade

    Fourteen major animal welfare, environmental and conservation organizations are applauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law A.1769b/S.1711b to end New York’s contribution to the dire collapse of shark populations worldwide.

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