The annual To the Rescue! gala supporting the work of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International will take place Nov. 3, 2023, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Actress, author, producer and rabbit lover Amy Sedaris and actor and activist Justin Theroux, along with Theroux’s beloved rescue dog Kuma, will serve as the evening’s hosts. 

“Saving animals is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Kuma and I are thrilled to be hosting the annual To the Rescue! gala this year, alongside one of my dearest friends and fellow animal advocate, Amy Sedaris,” said Theroux. “This is a wonderful opportunity to shed light on the critical work the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International are doing to protect animals in the U.S. and all over the world, providing access to care and supplies. I’m honored to be a part of this event.” 

“I am so excited to spend the evening celebrating victories for animals and raising funds to pave the way towards a more humane future,” said Sedaris. “The money raised at the To the Rescue! gala will help make pet care more affordable, available and accessible for everyone. Co-hosting with Justin and Kuma is the icing on the cake, and I look forward to working with the Humane Society of the United States to make the world a safer place for animals.” 

This year's gala will feature an inspiring look at the Humane Society of the United States’ efforts to strengthen the bond between people and animals. This work includes making veterinary care, pet food and essential supplies such as leashes and collars more affordable, available and accessible for everyone—no matter their economic or geographic situation. The organizations also work to reduce populations of free-roaming cats and dogs, to rescue animals from cruelty, neglect and disasters, and to prevent cruelty.

“The bond between people and companion animals is unlike any other, and we believe that no one should have to give up their pet because they cannot access or afford vital care. The sad reality is that millions of companion animals in the U.S. are living in poverty with their families, which is why it is critical that veterinary care and essential supplies are accessible to every family with a pet, regardless of circumstances,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International. “It’s an honor to highlight our access to care work, a critical part of our mission, during our annual To the Rescue! gala. Together with our partners, we are making a meaningful difference for animals and their families.”

The signature gala has benefitted from the generous support of our top sponsor, Moroccanoil, as well as Demandbright, Liberty International Underwriters, Stray Dog Capital, CSAA Insurance, MissionWired, Royal Canin, Monticello Associates, Printcinch, ROI,, and Moore Response Management Group.

Georgina Bloomberg, Tessa Benson Tooley, Nathan Turner and Suzy Welch serve as gala chairs. The leadership committee includes Susan Atherton, Wendy and Howard Berk, Yolanda Berkowitz, Jacqueline Dow, Leslie Durso, Wayne S. Flick, Cathy Kangas, Jennifer Laue, Terry Rakolta and Courtney Stroum Meagher.

To The Rescue! includes a cocktail reception, a gourmet plant-based dinner curated by vegan chef Leslie Durso, special guests, entertainment and a live auction. 

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