Animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Either way, and whether the animal is a pet, a farm animal or wildlife, the victim can suffer terribly. Don’t despair, though—anyone can take steps against cruelty.
Deliberate cruelty may involve beating, shooting or stabbing animals, or setting them on fire. Neglect is not giving an animal necessary food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery is often prolonged, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are deliberately harmed.
There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and violence against people. Those who abuse animals are also likely to harm people—including their own family members.
If you think an animal is being abused, either through violence or through neglect, you can take action to help.Learn How
News & Events
May 5, 2016
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 deaths of cats found in Madison, North Carolina, and other county locations.
May 2, 2016
Buying a puppy online or from a pet store? You could be supporting cruel and substandard dog breeding operations like these.
April 25, 2016
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 stabbing to death and spray-painting a cat in Charlevoix County, Michigan.
April 21, 2016
Humane Society of the United States Puerto Rico Trainings to Enhance Detection of Animal Cruelty Cases on the Island
More than 700 law enforcement officials are scheduled to attend The Humane Society of the United States’ Puerto Rico Law Enforcement Animal Cruelty Training taking place April 25-29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Ponce Golf and Casino Resort.