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.

HSUS staff member with horses before they were rescued from an alleged cruelty situation in Texas

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.

Meredith Lee / The HSUS
Animal Rescue and Response team

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.

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.


Have been saved from cruelty and disasters since 2010.


Are given annually by animal rescue volunteers.

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