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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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The first step on the road to pet ownership is to ask yourself some tough questions: Why do you want a puppy? Can you afford one? Are you prepared to take care of a dog every day for his entire life?

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1. Because you'll help a pet in need. Each year, millions of pets enter shelters and rescues in the United States, many surrendered by loving families who can’t access pet-friendly housing or veterinary care, while others find their way as victims of cruelty. While the number of animals who are...

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We often hear a similar refrain from our readers, especially around this time of year: “I wish I could do more for animals, but I’m on a tight budget.” There are dozens of ways you can help animals that won’t cost you a penny, and nearly all of them start with your voice. Your words are powerful in...

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Scratching is a normal, instinctive cat behavior. Cats have a need to scratch. They do it to express emotions, like excitement or stress, to mark objects with their scent (they have scent glands in their paws), to remove the dead part of their nails and, often, just to get a good stretch. It’s also...

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BY MATT WILDMAN, CAT BEHAVIORIST

As the year comes to an end, animal advocates celebrate the passage of three new animal protection ordinances and resolutions in Montclair. Most notably, Montclair prohibited the retail sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Montclair joins 136 municipalities in New Jersey that have enacted humane pet...

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We never know when animals may be in need, but we know we must be ready.

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Together, we can end the barbaric practice of animal fighting.

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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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We fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, the Humane Society of the United States takes on puppy mills, factory farms, the fur trade, trophy hunting, animal cosmetics testing and other cruel industries. Through our rescue, response and sanctuary...

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Dogs are the canine companions who have shared our lives for millennia.

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Because beauty should be kind.

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A philosophy driven by social justice.

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Our fact sheets and resources help animal welfare advocates find the tools they need to create change, promote stronger animal protection policies and educate the public about puppy mills. Puppy Mills: Facts and Figures [PDF] Fact Sheet: Puppy Mills and Pet Stores [PDF] Problems with Unlicensed and...

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For more than a century, human beings have waged a war on coyotes, killing them with poison, traps, guns, hunting dogs and a variety of other cruel coyote killing methods. Nonetheless, the wary nature of coyotes and their remarkable adaptability has allowed them to quadruple their range throughout...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

Our undercover investigations, exposés and in-depth reports expose what really goes on behind the scenes at pet stores and puppy mills, and the industries that support them. American Kennels Pet Store Investigation Report | 2021 [PDF] Midwest Puppy Mills and Pet Store Connections | 2020 [PDF] Puppy...

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