We're helping those who can't wait.

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.

Dog being removed from a cage by an Animal Rescue Team member

Ben was removed from a 161-acre property in Jones County, Miss. in the summer of 2018. When our Animal Rescue Team arrived on the scene, they found 55 dogs and 34 cats, most of them in crates, emaciated, covered in fleas and suffering from skin, ear and eye conditions. Luckily for these animals, that day was the end of their suffering and the beginning of a small degree of justice as two suspects have been charged with aggravated animal cruelty—the most severe charge currently possible under Mississippi law.

Animal Rescue Team

Our Animal Rescue Team works 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, natural disasters and other large-scale situations of cruelty and neglect.

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 five wildlife 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.

Safe and sound
Puppy mill rescue dog being comforted by an Animal Rescue Team member

To our tip line about puppy mills, cruelty and animal fighting come in each year.

Cat being rescued from flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017

Have been saved from man-made and natural disasters since 2011.

Volunteers carrying crates of dogs being transports by airplane to safety

Were provided by Animal Rescue Volunteers in 2017.

Dog tethered to a tree during Hurricane Florence flooding
Meredith Lee
Meredith Lee

We never know when disasters will strike or when animals may be in need of urgent rescue, but we know we must be ready. Your gift today will ensure that our team can continue to answer the call during times of emergency wherever and whenever animals need us.