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Text by Julie Falconer ■ Illustrations by Rachel Stern
Photo of Sushi the dog jumping into a pool.

Sushi was an excitable and energetic puppy. He’d need the right home, thought Morgan Rivera, one that could handle his high energy levels. Rivera—coordinator of transport and placement with the HSUS—was in Florida helping to assess what Sushi and 41 other dogs would need to thrive after a rough...

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By Brianna Grant

What is the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team? How/when does the team get called in to help? What sort of situations are you typically called in for? If you hear about a situation where animals need help, can you just go? Can I call you if I know of animals who need help? How...

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Photo of Minnow the dog laying in the grass.

Minnow It makes sense that her best friends are turkeys. Minnow spent the first five months of her life on a dog meat farm in South Korea before she was rescued by Humane Society International in 2015 and adopted by Abbie Hubbard, who worked at a Virginia shelter where the rescued dogs were flown...

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By Karen E. Lange

Are you a law enforcement officer or animal control officer who needs assistance with an animal cruelty case? Are you concerned about an animal cruelty or neglect situation involving, but not limited to, animal fighting, puppy mills, hoarding, livestock abuse or general cruelty concerns? Are you an...

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SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, New Mexico—The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in rescuing dozens of dogs and more than 10 puppies from an alleged cruelty situation in San Miguel County, New Mexico. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office is also...

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HSUS Animal Rescue Team rescuing a cat following Hurricane Harvey

When a railroad track bed blocked their path, the two HSUS rescuers and the head of Beaumont’s animal shelter got out of their boat and waded a mile in the brown water pouring through the neighborhood. They pushed toward a house where the owner had reported a Chihuahua and kitten still inside...

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Karen Lange

The Humane Society of the United States was founded to tackle animal welfare challenges that were historically beyond the reach of local organizations, supplement the essential work of animal shelters and rescues by addressing the root causes of animal cruelty, advocate for stronger laws to ensure...

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HSUS Rescue Team removing hamsters from a pet shop.

At Tim’s Reptiles and Exotics, the bunnies looked “deflated.” The rabbits at the Pulaski County, Kentucky, store were so undernourished, says Shalimar Oliver, animal crimes manager for the HSUS, that they had almost no body fat, leaving their skin and fur “rolling around” loosely. Their cages were...

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By James Hettinger
Photo of HSUS president and CEO Kitty Block petting a cat in an alleged neglect situation in Muncie, Indiana.

In October 2021, the Humane Society of the United States arrived in Muncie, Indiana to assist local police in rescuing of dozens of cats from an alleged severe neglect situation. Video producer Thom Stromer joined the HSUS Animal Rescue Team to assist with the rescue and document the scene and the...

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By Brianna Grant
Mir the dog surveying a pond on a large property that is now his home.

The first time Joni Conley saw her new furry family member run around her hay farm, it was clear that he’d spent most of his former life in a cage. “It was like he didn’t know where his legs were,” she recalls. “When he got the zoomies, I thought he was gonna blow a knee out!”

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By Danielle S. Tepper
Photo of a dog with heavy chain at an alleged dogfighting operation.

An anonymous tip led police to a residential property, where they found dogs who were scarred, underweight and flea-infested, living outside with scant shelter, staked to chains thick enough to tow a boat. On that day in late May, Gaston County Police Department officers removed two severely...

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By Julie Falconer

Who are Shelter and Rescue Partners? Our Shelter and Rescue Partner program is a network of organizations committed to serving as a safety net for pets and mentors for overwhelmed shelters. In collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States, program partners drive advancements in the...

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About our volunteers Animal rescue volunteers work with the Animal Rescue Team to help save animals who are the victims of illegal animal cruelty and natural disasters. Whether an out of control hoarder or dogfighting operation, or hurricane or puppy mill, animal rescue volunteers travel from all...

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