About 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—about one every 11 seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.
Many cats and dogs who die as a result of pet overpopulation could have made wonderful pets.
A solution is possible and starts with each of us taking one small step: getting our own pets spayed or neutered. To help stop pet overpopulation further, consider adopting your next pet from an animal shelter.
Learn more about the pet overpopulation crisis and how, together, we can solve it.
News & Events
December 3, 2013
Vampire Diaries’ Torrey DeVitto and her Adopted Shelter Dog Featured in New “Meet My Shelter Pet” Online Video
A new “Meet My Shelter Pet” video featuring actor Torrey DeVitto and her shelter dog, Beau, will mark Celebrate Shelter Pets Day. The video, released by The Shelter Pet Project, showcases the unique bond between Torrey and Beau and reminds viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to be adopted.
November 27, 2013
En consonancia con el espíritu de dar regalos durante esta temporada, se ha lanzado una campaña con la meta de obtener 1.000 correas y collares para perros y gatos, los que serán distribuidos en las comunidades insuficientemente atendidas en el Este de Los Ángeles. La campaña durará hasta el 15 de diciembre.
November 1, 2013
In celebration of National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week from Nov. 3-9, The HSUS encourages pet lovers to support their local shelters and rescues. Try one of our ten ways to say thank you!
October 16, 2013
The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund® in partnership with Halo Pet Foundation, released an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet” to showcase the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and remind viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.
October 16, 2013
The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.
September 10, 2013
Major puppy mill victory: The USDA is cracking down on unlicensed puppy mills. All large-scale breeders that sell dogs and other warm-blooded pets using the Internet, phone, or mail will be licensed and regularly inspected for basic humane care standards.
August 8, 2013
A bill to increase penalties for extreme animal neglect is now law in New Jersey. "Patrick's Law," was named in honor of Patrick, a young dog who endured severe neglect and was found almost starved to death. Patrick's suffering has become emblematic of the need for New Jersey to treat extreme animal neglect with the seriousness it deserves.
July 1, 2013
Kennel owners and operators who commit acts of animal cruelty could be charged with a felony on a first offense, under a bill known as "Nitro's Law" passed by the Ohio legislature.