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Kid and his cat at Pets for Life event

On the concrete front porch of this rundown row house, along a narrow street in a rough neighborhood named Hunting Park, eight men sit outside drinking one October afternoon. Two pit bulls and a small dog lie at their feet; the adjoining house next door has boards across its first-floor windows...

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Michael Sharp

Together, we can make sure there’s a family for every pet—and help keep pets in the loving homes they have.

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1. Because you'll save a life. Each year, it's estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. The number of euthanized animals could be...

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LOS ANGELES – Cat litter company PrettyLitter announced today a $100,000 product donation partnership with the Humane Society of the United States and its Pets for Life program. Nearly 20 million pets live in poverty with their families in the United States and the economic burden to care for those...

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Rick Haaland of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Pets for Life and Rachel Thompson from Pets for Life pet three dogs outside a home

In September 2020, Rick Haaland, the Pets for Life community outreach manager for the Leech Lake Tribal Police in northern Minnesota, answered a call about a large dog named Winston. The dog had gotten into an altercation with a porcupine and was covered in quills. When Haaland saw Winston at the...

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By Brianna Grant

The choice to spay or neuter your pet may be one of the most important decisions you make impacting their long-term health—and your wallet! Your pet's health and longevity The average lifespan of spayed and neutered cats and dogs is demonstrably longer than the lifespan of those not. A University of...

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Portrait of Denise Young with her dog Drama.
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By Danielle S. Tepper

Pet food and other necessities To locate a pet food pantry or other pet-related community service, explore an interactive resource map provided by Feeding Pets of the Homeless; just choose which resource you’re seeking under the “Get Help” listing on the right. Or contact your local shelter and...

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Internet pet sale scams We all know the internet can be a great place to buy anything from books to rare gifts, but it's not where you should go to buy a new pet. In addition to disreputable dealers and puppy mills, internet scammers have crept into the realm of online pet sales, stealing money from...

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Despite what they may tell you, most pet stores do sell puppy mill puppies. Here's a list of common claims by pet stores and what they really mean. "Our puppies come from breeders, not puppy mills." The word breeder is not an exclusive term. Anyone who puts two dogs together and produces puppies is...

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Illustration of a family with a dog in front of their house with eviction sign on it, surrounded by their belongings.

Editor’s note: In late December of 2020, Congress approved a stimulus deal that extended the federal evictions moratorium until Jan. 31 and provided $25 billion in rental assistance. On Jan. 20, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the moratorium until at least...

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Text by Karen E. Lange • Illustrations by Rachel Stern
Pets for Life staff member with a van full of supplies

The stories reach Amanda Arrington via text message these days: The immunocompromised hospital worker in Milwaukee who brought her spunky dog, Rusty, onto her porch to give a socially distant thanks when a Pets for Life team member dropped off dog food. The veteran with four dogs—including a...

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By Kelly L. Williams

The Humane Society of the United States is working with Ollie Pets to deliver thousands of meals to hungry pets amid the COVID-19 crisis through the HSUS’s Pets for Life program. Altus Animal Welfare Association in Oklahoma and Yakima Humane Society in Washington state are a part of the program...

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New undercover footage released by the Humane Society of the United States shows distressed dogs circling in cramped, barren cages and others pacing in pens at numerous dog breeding facilities licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. An undercover investigator...

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People are more likely to adopt a shelter pet if they've spoken with someone who has already done so. On the 10th Annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 5, 2019, the Shelter Pet Project asks all pet lovers to be that someone by telling their adopted pets’ stories on social media. The Shelter...

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Many owners turn to microchip technology to help their pets return home if they're ever lost and their collars come off. Here are some common questions about microchips and why they are effective.

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The Humane Society of the United States has distributed more than $1 million in relief funding to more than 130 animal shelters, pet rescue groups and horse rescue organizations across 48 states help keep people and their pets together during the COVID-19 crisis. Two of the shelters in New Jersey...

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NEW YORK CITY AND WASHINGTON – The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ®) and the Humane Society of the United States delivered a lifeline of pet food to remote Alaska Native villages that have been unable to acquire food for hundreds of dogs. The community is part...

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