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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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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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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

Who are Shelter and Rescue Partners?

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HSUS Animal Rescue Team rescuing a cat following Hurricane Harvey

When a railroad track bed blocked their path, the two HSUS rescuers and the head of Beaumont’s animal shelter got out of their boat and waded a mile in the brown water pouring through the neighborhood. They pushed toward a house where the owner had reported a Chihuahua and kitten still inside...

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Karen Lange

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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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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By Emily Smith
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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
Dogs in filthy conditions at a dog meat farm in South Korea

When the U.S.-based rescuers from Humane Society International touched down in Seoul in mid-October, they faced the usual jet lag. But rather than tackle it by jumping head-first into their work—shutting down their 17th South Korean dog meat farm—they went straight to a hotel … and straight into...

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By Emily Hamlin Smith

Officers Kitty Block, President and Chief Executive Officer Erin Frackleton, Chief Operating Officer William H. Hall, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Katherine L. Karl, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer Nicole Paquette, Chief Programs and Policy Officer Johanie V. Parra, Secretary...

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The Humane Society of the United States was founded to tackle animal welfare challenges beyond the reach of local organizations and to supplement the essential work of animal shelters and rescues by addressing the root causes of animal cruelty, advocating for stronger laws to ensure the protection...

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Collage showing portraits of a pig, chimp, giraffes and rescue dog

A decade ago, few of us could have predicted the monumental progress for animals we would see in the years ahead. The U.S. government effectively banned the use of chimpanzees in research; Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus removed elephants from its shows and ultimately closed for good...

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by Emily Smith