Together, we're helping animals in crisis.

Our Animal Rescue and Response 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.


Dog in dirty conditions before being rescued from a large-scale alleged severe neglect case in Florida

Nearly 150 suffering dogs were pulled from an alleged large-scale neglect case in Dixie County, Fla. in February 2020. Scattered across a five-acre property, dogs were found in appalling conditions: Cramped in filthy hutches and campers. Some had no apparent access to food or water. Many appeared to be suffering from severe hair loss and painful skin conditions. Your generosity helped them receive the veterinary treatment and care they deserved.

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In the eye of the storm

The Animal Rescue and Response team is highly trained and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. Before and after natural disasters, the team works with local agencies on pre-storm preparations, developing pet-friendly evacuation plans, securing food and other resources and emergency field rescue for animals caught in harm’s way.

Answering the call
Two orange cats in a carrier on a boat, rescued from hurricane flooding.

Were helped by the team during the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the 2018 hurricane season. 

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.

Dog covered in mud and matted hair

Were rescued during one of our largest deployments in recent years; dogs, cats, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, sheep, a horse and an alpaca were saved from a neglect case in Georgia.

Dog tethered to a tree during Hurricane Florence flooding

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.

Meredith Lee / The HSUS