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Award-winning country music star Tanya Tucker’s relationship with horses got off to a rocky start. When she was 5, her dad gave her a Shetland pony—a very spirited Shetland pony—named Pretty Boy. “He bucked me off so many times and tried to kill me so many times,” Tucker remembers with a laugh. But...

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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
Parrot with no feathers due to self-mutilation.

She embodied all the magic and the misery of modern parrots. Sofia popped off her perch, climbed up my arm, and leaned into my face. A Moluccan cockatoo, among the world’s most stunning birds, Sofia’s most distinctive feature is her huge round head—big, white, and inviting as a fluffy pillow. She...

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Charles Bergman

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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Feral cats sitting together by a food bowl

Beth McNulty was used to seeing the occasional cat cross her property. In her rural community in Monrovia, Maryland, some of her neighbors let their pet cats roam free. And from time to time, a stray would show up and take shelter in her backyard shed. Over the years, she’d adopted two of these...

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Julie Falconer
White tiger in a cage at a traveling circus

The white Bengal tiger paces back and forth, back and forth in a squat cage on the edge of the show ring. The cage is little longer than the tiger's body. The clock ticks down to the start of three scheduled performances at this fair in Pennsylvania. Potted palms and wooden masks decorate the ring...

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by Karen E. Lange
Band of wild horses

Editor's Note: After this story was originally published, it was brought to our attention that some of the language could be interpreted differently than intended. The HSUS does not believe that wild horses are overpopulated, and the story's subtitle has been revised to remove the word...

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Karen E. Lange
Woman holding her dog at Spayathon

The Great Dane refused to wake up. Lying on a soft towel in the recovery area, the huge dog snoozed happily away, oblivious to his family sitting by his side and stroking him. They needed to get him walking so they could head home, but he wasn’t interested.

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by Kelly L. Williams

A new poll released by the Humane Society of the United States reveals that the vast majority of Kentucky voters surveyed oppose horse soring—the intentional infliction of pain on the hooves and legs of horses in the Tennessee walking, racking and spotted saddle horse breeds. The practice uses...

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NASHVILLE --The Humane Society of the United States applauds Nashville Metro Council members for passing Resolution 1868 to help stop the cruel practice of horse soring. This resolution puts Nashville on record in support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693/S. 1007 and urges...

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Today the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seeking to compel the agency to reinstate a final rule that was duly issued, prescribed and promulgated in 2017, but...

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