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Often law enforcement and animal control agencies are unable to pursue animal fighting cases because of the daunting cost of housing and caring for the seized animals. To assist with the cost of seizing animals from animal fighting operations, the Humane Society of the United States has created the...

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Who are Shelter and Rescue Partners?

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What is the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue and Response team? How/when does the team 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...

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Are you a law enforcement officer or animal control officer who needs assistance with an animal cruelty case? Are you concerned about an animal cruelty or neglect situation involving, but not limited to, animal fighting, puppy mills, hoarding, livestock abuse or general cruelty concerns? Are you an...

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Contents How does the HSUS help local animal shelters and rescue groups? Where can I lodge a complaint about a local shelter or rescue group? Where can I adopt a pet? How can I volunteer to help animals? I need to find a new home for my pet. Where can I turn? What is the HSUS's position on "no kill"...

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The Humane Society of the United States honored fashion industry leader HUGO BOSS and acclaimed philanthropist Georgina Bloomberg last night at the 2016 To the Rescue! New York gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening raised more than $1.7 million for the organization’s animal rescue efforts...

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About our volunteers Animal rescue volunteers work with the Animal Rescue and Response team to help save animals who are the victims of illegal animal cruelty and natural disasters. Whether an out of control hoarder or dogfighting operation, or hurricane or puppy mill, animal rescue volunteers...

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Shelters and rescues Breed-specific rescue groups have purebred dogs and puppies looking for new homes. Many pets end up homeless through no fault of their own or of their previous family. Rather, a lack of affordable and pet-friendly housing tops the list of reasons pets are surrendered to shelters...

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Following a week of free training provided to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies last month, the Humane Society of the United States was contacted by Blaine County Sheriff’s Department to provide guidance and support for the rescue of six horses and 22 cattle from two properties in Blaine County...

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More than 300 local animal rescue and shelter personnel are registered to attend upcoming trainings on animal behavior being held in Ohio. The training hosted by the Humane Society of the United States in partnership with the ASPCA aims to inform attendees on how to interpret and respond to canine...

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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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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 and Response 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...

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By Emily Hamlin Smith
Dog in a cage at a South Korea dog meat farm

With a head the size of a basketball, broad shoulders and massive paws, Florence might at first seem imposing. But the mastiff mix’s wagging tail and puppy-like wonder in her wrinkle-topped eyes are endearing. When you toss her a stuffed toy, she gives it a good shake and pins it against the ground...

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Ruthanne Johnson