Dogs are the canine companions who have shared our lives for millennia.

Ranging from tiny Chihuahuas to enormous Great Danes and every breed and magnificent mutt in between, dogs are an incredibly diverse species. Our best friends and furry family members provide us affection and company—but many dogs face neglect, exploitation and cruelty both here and abroad.

Dog with pups on dog meat farm in South Korea
Jean Chung
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For HSI
Dogs give us their best. They deserve ours.

Just petting a dog has been shown to lower a person's blood pressure.

Dog in a shelter with an HSUS staff member after being rescued
Workers and volunteers from the HSUS, along with shelter and rescue partners, assisted in relocating rescued puppy mill dogs in Person County, NC, in 2019.
Brent Clark
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AP Images for the HSUS
Did you know?

Your dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than yours. Dogs can track people and other animals across many miles, detect dangerous substances and have even been known to sniff out signs of cancer.

Mother dog and puppy before being rescued from an alleged dog fighting operation in SC

We helped rescue 275 dogs from a suspected dogfighting operation in South Carolina. Your support is needed now more than ever to give these dogs and other animals the life they deserve.  

Meredith Lee / The HSUS