Together, we can make sure there’s a family for every pet—and help keep pets in the loving homes they have.

By promoting pet adoption and spay/neuter, and supporting shelters and rescues in their efforts, we’re making sure pet owners get the support they need, so that no animal loses a home due to breed prejudices, lack of housing or access to pet services.

Luis and Milagros at Spayathon
Spayathon for Puerto Rico

Milagros had been scavenging for food on the streets when Luis Rosario found her in the fall. She was thin and appeared to have recently had puppies. He took her in and started looking for a way to get her spayed. He heard about SpayathonTM and camped out the night before to ensure she got in. After her surgery, volunteers gave her a new dog bed, pet food and a bag full of toys. Rosario called the day “a home run.” He’s happy that Milagros no longer has to hunt for food or struggle to care for puppies. “Now,” he says, “she just gets to be my companion.”

Darci Adams / The HSUS
Fight pet overpopulation

We’ve made great progress in saving more pets, but millions still enter animal shelters and rescues every year. One way you can help is to have your pets spayed or neutered. Fewer animals in need of shelter will help local shelters save more lives, and spay/neuter also has health and behavioral benefits for your pet. Looking for an adoptable cat or dog to add to your family? Through the Shelter Pet Project, you can connect with your new friend and help homeless pets.

Hope for the helpless
Dogs and cats with their owners waiting for surgery at Spayathon for PR
32,000+
SPAY/NEUTER SURGERIES

Performed by HSUS programs and affiliates in 2018, at no cost to owners.

Dog being transported to safety after being rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea
8,000+
PETS

Moved to safety from Korean meat farms, natural disasters and overpopulated shelters since 2017.

Portrait of a cat at an adoption center
357,012
SHELTER PETS

Adopted since 2016 as a result of the Shelter Pet Project public service campaign. 

Mikhail, a dog rescued from a Jefferson County, Arkansas, puppy mill on 2/27/14

Adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue, or only buy from a responsible breeder who can show you where the puppy was born and where the mom lives. And you can do even more by only purchasing pet supplies from stores that don't sell puppies.

Chuck Cook / For the HSUS