Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

Animal cruelty includes intentional, malicious acts of animal abuse and less clear-cut situations where the needs of an animal are neglected. Violence against animals has been linked to a higher likelihood of criminal violence and domestic abuse.

Meredith Lee
/
The HSUS
Sad dog standing in a dirty water bowl during New Mexico rescue

The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg—most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are. However, we can use the information that is available to try to understand and prevent cases of abuse.

Meredith Lee / The HSUS
Combatting pet overpopulation

One way you can help reduce the number of animals without a comfortable home is to have your pets spayed or neutered. This will help reduce number of homeless pets and animals in shelters, which will lead to less animals euthanized each year. Spaying or neutering also has health and behavioral benefits for your pet.

Did you know?
cat
50
STATES

Have enacted animal cruelty laws that also include felony provisions since 2014.

woman nuzzling her dog
71-83%
OF ABUSE CASES

Also affect animals; women entering domestic violence shelters report that their partners hurt or killed the family pet.

dog
23%
LONGER LIFESPAN

Can be expected of a female dog who has been spayed. Male dogs who have been neutered can live 18% longer than those not.

Scared yellow dog left out in the rain and mud

For every animal saved, countless others are still suffering. By stepping up for them, you can create a future where animals no longer have to suffer in puppy mills, factory farms, testing labs or other heartbreaking situations. Start saving lives today!

Kathy Milani / The HSUS