Because we're ready to step up whenever they need us.

We work with law enforcement to investigate the worst cases of animal abuse nationwide. Every year, we rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, disasters and other large-scale situations of cruelty and neglect.

Animal Rescue Team FAQ

Rescuer holding a beagle rescued from Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, VA where 4,000 beagles were removed

Our Animal Rescue Team, with the support of our shelter and rescue partners, removed nearly 4,000 beagles during the summer of 2022 from a mass breeding facility that received multiple Animal Welfare Act violations for issues such as inadequate veterinary care and insufficient food. Many of these dogs were bound for animal testing laboratories across the country.

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Direct care

While the Humane Society of the United States does not run or oversee local animal shelters or rescues, we do operate rescue teams, community-based programs and sanctuaries and care centers that directly assist tens of thousands of animals each year. The animals we rescue are either transferred to local rescue groups or transported to emergency shelters for thorough examination by veterinarians in order to receive any necessary medical treatment they may require.

Did you know?
Cat being rescued from flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017

Received care from our Animal Rescue Team after being saved from cruelty and disasters in 2022.

Dog in crate being carried by shelter partner and HSUS staff

Across the country allow us to call on them when rescued animals need a safe place to go; they are known as our Shelter and Rescue Partners.

Volunteers carrying crates of dogs being transports by airplane to safety

Are spent annually by animal rescue volunteers.

Field responders pushing a boat to shore with cats on board

We never know where disasters will strike or when animals may be in need of urgent rescue, but we know we must be ready. Your support makes our preparedness, rescue, care and relief work possible.

Responders pushing a boat to shore with rescued cats on board during Hurricane Florence in 2018. Meredith Lee / The HSUS