It happens every autumn: As we sit down to gather some of the biggest victories you helped make possible for our year-end roundup, we’re stumped. How do we share the thousands of achievements, big and small, that together we’ve made for animals in 2022?
The short answer is, we can’t. We could give you the statistics that mark our progress—the 114 animal-friendly state and local laws we helped pass in the United States; the 33,000-plus U.S. animals who received services through our Pets for Life and Rural Area Veterinary Services programs—but they wouldn’t tell the full story. Numbers don’t tell you about the people behind these wins—the staff members, volunteers and advocates who keep pushing for progress—or the animals who benefit.
So instead, we’re sharing some of the most meaningful moments of this year, ones that represent our relentless quest for a better world. This isn’t a complete list. It’s just a glimpse of what you make possible, through your donations, your advocacy and your support.
We truly couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.
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Luxury fashion brands Dolce&Gabbana and Moncler announced that they’re going fur-free. After years of tireless work by our fur-free team and partner groups, few luxury brands still use animal fur.
We helped our partner organization Vshine rescue 150 cats bound for slaughter in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. Five people were arrested for stealing the cats, likely from their owners, and using sparrows—a protected species in China—as bait.
On the heels of our response in South Carolina, our Animal Rescue Team deployed to Florida, where we responded to Hurricane Ian. We were able to provide veterinary care, pet food and pet supplies to more than 1,500 people and their pets at our drive-through operation in Charlotte County.
We ended the year with news worth celebrating when the U.S. Senate passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act after nearly a decade of advocacy from the HSUS and HSLF. This landmark bill prohibits keeping big cats as pets and bans contact between big cats and the public.
We think big here at the Humane Society family of organizations. As we close out 2022, here’s a peek into the kinder, more compassionate world we hope to create—and a few of the milestones that are helping us get there.
Long-term vision: The animals in our food and farm systems no longer suffer from extreme confinement and other inhumane practices.
Long-term vision: Mother dogs and their puppies no longer suffer in puppy mills and pet stores no longer sell puppies and kittens from mills.
Long-term vision: No animals are killed for their coats, and the fur industry is a relic of the past.
Long-term vision: No animal suffers for the sake of personal care products.
Long-term vision: Dogs are no longer raised and killed for their meat.
Long-term vision: Governmental and non-governmental organizations have the resources and knowledge to respond to crises locally. When we partner with a law enforcement or animal welfare agency, we provide them with tools that allow them to be more prepared in the future.
Long-term vision: Wild animals are no longer hunted for bragging rights or to display their bodies or parts, and they are no longer kept captive for inhumane attractions such as roadside zoos, traveling shows, circuses and more.
Long-term vision: Agencies and organizations around the country and around the globe are empowered to care for the animals in their communities with the best and most up-to-date practices.