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Going fur free can end suffering of animals like this red fox on a fox and mink farm.

She was reaching for the monkey fur coat when it happened. As New York City fashion designer Kym Canter went into her closet to grab the vintage black fur that had once drawn admiring looks and made her feel chic and sexy, she felt something else entirely: She knew people at the party she was headed...

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by Karen E. Lange
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

Update 3/27/19: Dow AgroSciences (Corteva Agriscience) has officially agreed to release the beagles to our shelter partner, Michigan Humane Society. We are so grateful to each and every one of you who spoke up and took action to save these dogs. As we celebrate their freedom, our work is far from...

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By M. Carrie Allan
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

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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Red fox peaking through fall foliage

It takes only one person to spark change for animals. Case in point: While attending the Detroit Institute of Arts’ annual fashion fundraiser, HSUS Michigan state council member Cindy Ciura was shocked by the number of ensembles that included animal fur. As models clad in a variety of furs from...

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cat in bathroom with torn up toilet paper roll

One of Nicholas Dodman’s earliest patients was a small terrier who was so afraid of other dogs that he would attack them. At the park, his owner had to keep him on a leash and walk along the fence, far from where other dogs played. Dodman, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University...

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Tanya Mulford
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
Orange cat lounging in a garden

Most of the time, Tux is a good-natured, well-behaved cat, content with his indoor- only lifestyle. But whenever he looks out a window and spies a strange cat in his yard, a different side emerges. He races in circles, yowling his displeasure. He mangles window blinds and sometimes attacks his...

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Danielle Bays
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Michael Sharp
Monarch butterfly in flowers

The suspect creeping up near my front fence was a tough character—broad-leafed and thick-stemmed and threatening to invade my property and swallow it whole if I didn’t act fast. There was no hesitation that summer morning as I headed to work: Off with his head! It was a decision made all too easy by...

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Nancy Lawson

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
Green snake in grass

They slip soundlessly through our landscapes, cloaked in a rainbow of colors and patterns that help them become one with bark, rocks, leaves and soil. Often the only sign of their existence is what they leave behind: ghostly shed skins imprinted with shapes of eyes and scales, traces of pigmentation...

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By Nancy Lawson

Between July and August 2019, a hidden-camera investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States in the Frisco, Texas, Petland store uncovered both animal mistreatment and rampant disease. Citations for alleged violations of the city animal control ordinance are reportedly pending...

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Four neighborhood cats at feeding time

As the first morning visitors to the National Zoo stroll through the entrance, two field technicians with backpacks head in the opposite direction, over Rock Creek, across a parkway carrying commuters into downtown Washington, D.C., and up a steep, muddy hillside. Leaving runners and dog walkers in...

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Karen E. Lange
white rabbit with makeup illustrations

In the late 1960s, a shy teenager in Georgia read an article in her local newspaper about animals being used in laboratory testing. She was outraged. She imagined the agony these animals must have endured and was moved to write a letter to the paper. “I remember it was sort of a rebuttal to what had...

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By Michael Sharp

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2020)— Family-owned Mars, Incorporated has donated $1 million to animal welfare organization Humane Society International for its global companion animal programs. The donation is a part of Mars’ initial $20 million cash and in-kind donations to aid communities across the globe...

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Horses in field with blue sky
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by Karen E. Lange
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

On February 25, the Humane Society of the United States assisted the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office in rescuing more than 140 dogs in a large-scale alleged severe neglect situation on a residential property in Dixie County, Florida. This week, the animals will begin to be transported to seek...

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