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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

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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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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Pet food and other pet care necessities To locate a pet food pantry or other pet-related community service, explore an interactive resource map provided by Feeding Pets of the Homeless; just choose which resource you’re seeking under the “Get Help” listing on the right. Or contact your local 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
Emergency response team on a boat with rescued cats in a crate.

Long before emergency alerts ring out, members of the Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue Team are ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Armed with specialized training and cutting-edge equipment, these elite professionals answer the call for help wherever animals are in harm’s way...

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By Emily Hamlin Smith

Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death. Protecting animals from an unnecessary death is a problem we can all agree to prevent. How to help a pet left in a hot car Take down the...

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Steps you can take to stop animal abuse

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Michael Sharp

If you and your pets need to evacuate during COVID-19, take extra precautions to remain safe by following social distancing guidelines; be sure to have a disaster plan in place.

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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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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

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

It's a myth that going outside is a requirement for feline happiness. Playing regularly with a cat easily satisfies her stalking instinct, keeps her stimulated and provides the exercise she needs to stay healthy and happy.

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What is the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team? How/when does the ART get called in to help? What sort of situations are you typically called in for? If you hear about a situation where animals need help, can you just go? Can I call you if I know of animals who need help? How do...

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Animal shelters and rescues are amazing! Usually with limited resources and very little publicity, they help untold numbers of animals and people. Give back by choosing one or more of the following ways to show your appreciation for the groups that do so much for animals, people and your community.

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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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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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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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As much of the Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura, the Humane Society of the United States is transporting and coordinating the transport of more than 220 dogs and cats from animal shelters in Beaumont, Texas; Gulfport, Mississippi and cities in Louisiana. By transporting...

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