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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
Man visits with some neighborhood kitties.

“There's another house burning,” Kristen Huston says, steering her white sedan, its trunk loaded with pet supplies, into one of the neighborhoods where her organization, All About Animals Rescue, does outreach. “Do you smell it?” In the back seat, HSUS staffers Jason Schipkowski and Ashley Mutch...

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M. Carrie Allan
Corey, a blind dog, carries a red toy in his backyard

When she managed a veterinary eye clinic in Portland, Oregon, Caroline Levin witnessed some heartbreaking scenes. “I’m sorry,” the veterinarian would tell a pet owner. “Your dog is blind. There is nothing we can do.” “The people would leave in tears,” Levin says, “whether it was some little old lady...

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Ruthanne Johnson

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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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
Illustration of a geriatric cat and dog in a home

Moving slowly on shaky legs, Chloe, a shepherd mix, padded across the hardwood floor, circled the coffee table and stopped in front of the dog bed in the corner of the living room. She stared at the bed for several long seconds, then turned away and made another circuit of the room. “She did this...

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Ruthanne Johnson

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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Chewy, Inc. (NYSE: CHWY) (“Chewy”), a trusted online destination for pets and pet parents, announced it is joining the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and donating $1 million to expand food support for people and pets living in underserved communities through the HSUS's Pets for Life and...

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Illustration of a family and their pet cat

When Alongi fled the Congo in 1999, during one of Africa’s bloodiest modern wars, she hoped for a better life. Just two days after arriving in the U.S., she met an engaging young man. The two married soon after and started a family. Life was good, she says. But during her second pregnancy, her...

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Ruthanne Johnson
Artist Jim Davis draws his world-famous cartoon cat.

Who knew he had it in him? Garfield—that famous (and famously self-centered) cartoon cat, who’s been known to spar with his canine housemate Odie and torture his owner Jon—actually cares about his fellow creatures. The proof? He’s lending his considerable marketing mojo to the Shelter Pet Project...

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James Hettinger

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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Funding from the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Trust has enabled The Humane Society of the United States to collaborate with Emancipet, a nonprofit veterinary clinic operating in Houston’s East End, to offer free veterinary services to owned animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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Participants with dog at Spayathon for PR

They started arriving the night before, determined to be among the first in line when the doors opened in the morning. With their dogs by their sides and cats cozied in carriers on their laps, families settled in to wait for the sun to rise on the Spayathon™ for Puerto Rico, the largest known spay...

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By Emily Smith

Editor’s note: Portions of this concert will be pre-recorded WASHINGTON—On April 30, international superstar and multiple Grammy Award winner Rob Thomas; singer, songwriter Chris Daughtry; and singer, songwriter Gavin DeGraw will present "Rock the House for Animals" a livestream event featuring...

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Cold weather can be deadly for pets. As the temperature plummets in many parts of the country, the Humane Society of the United States sees a marked increase in the number of complaints about dogs and cats who have been left outside with no food or shelter. We encourage you to contact local law...

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Grey cat surrounded by cleaning products

Millions of people are at home now in the midst of a pandemic, disinfecting and cleaning, taking cold and flu medications—with the potential they might unwittingly poison their pets. The cleaning products consumers have carried home from stores, stripping shelves bare, can kill the virus that causes...

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By Karen E. Lange

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association are calling on state and federal leaders to classify goods and services that are needed to provide for animals as essential when making emergency declarations to suspend...

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Michael Sharp
Cat looking concerned and possibly over-stimulated from petting

One moment, you’re stroking a sweetly purring cat, and the next you feel fangs or claws digging into the flesh of your palm. What just happened? It’s a question that certified cat behavior consultant Tabitha Kucera hears a lot, and the answer often boils down to overarousal, also called...

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By Marissa Russo

Transporting animals across the country for a rescue or a better chance at adoption isn’t new. Countless animals have been transferred from cruelty cases, overwhelmed shelters or natural disasters. In the past, groups would organize truck transport and plot a course. The challenge, though, was that...

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Kelly Madrone