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Are you getting a new dog or thinking about it? We're so excited for you and we know you'll give your new companion a great, loving home. Once you've decided you're ready for a dog, the next big decision is where to find this lifelong family member. You'll want to make sure to NOT get an animal from...

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Internet pet sale scams We all know the internet can be a great place to buy anything from books to DVDs and 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...

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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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Update 4/3/19: A day after the Humane Society of the United States released the results of its undercover investigation and two days after police searched the premises, Petland announced that it was cutting ties with the franchise store in Fairfax, Virginia, and removed its company name from the...

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by Karen E. Lange

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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When the Humane Society of the United States pulls up to the Loudoun County Animal Shelter with its load of rescued pups, it's a cause for celebration.

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Facts, statistics and trends of animals abused in the U.S. Categories of animals abused, relationship to domestic violence and legislative trends.

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Dogs living in severe neglect, rescued by HSUS

The scene was as grim as it gets: dozens of dogs confined to dilapidated hutches, leaking in the pouring rain, and dozens more—nearly 140 in all—crammed into filthy campers and a single mobile home. They cowered in groups, big dogs and small, some nearly hairless from skin conditions, others without...

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Kelly L. Williams
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

A small pool filled with green slime was Cinder’s only drinking water when animal control officers in Somerset County, Maryland, rescued her from a large-scale breeding operation earlier this year. She had been living without access to food, clean water or adequate veterinary care—left in a dark...

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By Emily Smith

Answers to some common questions about animal shelters and rescue groups.

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The HSUS provides an informed estimate of the U.S. populations of cats and dogs in homes, adopted from shelters, and euthanized in shelters in 2014

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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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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­allegedly physically and sexually abusing a puppy and abandoning her near Fort Dupont Park in...

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Steps you can take to stop animal abuse

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Contents What is animal cruelty? Why is it a concern? Why would anyone be cruel to animals? Is there any evidence of a connection between animal cruelty and human violence? What happens when authorities prosecute an animal cruelty case? Can reports be made anonymously? How many animals are victims...

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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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Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

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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