The Humane Society of the United States complements the work of local groups and animal rescue leagues by focusing on national-level issues like ending the puppy mill industry, strengthening cruelty laws and eliminating large-scale animal abuses. We also run programs and spearhead campaigns designed to ease the burden on local sheltering groups.
Approximately 150 equines—including horses, mini-horses and donkeys—were found suffering on a 45-acre property in Camp County, Texas, in June of 2019. The majority of the animals appeared to be severely underweight, with visible ribs and hip bones. Bark was missing from nearby trees, showing how desperately the animals were trying to survive. One responder commented that several looked like “walking skeletons.” Our team and partners worked in the hot sun and slippery pens of mud and filth to safely load the horses onto transport vehicles that would lead them to better lives.
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.
Received about puppy mills, cruelty and animal fighting each year.
Have been saved from cruelty and disasters since 2010.
Are given annually by animal rescue volunteers.