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Illustration of a geriatric cat and dog in a home

Moving slowly on shaky legs, Chloe, a shepherd mix, padded across the hardwood floor, circled the coffee table and stopped in front of the dog bed in the corner of the living room. She stared at the bed for several long seconds, then turned away and made another circuit of the room. “She did this...

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Ruthanne Johnson
orange cat looking up with large eyes
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By James Hettinger
Photo illustration of a dog being possessive about his tennis ball

Each night around 6, Thaisi Da Silva announces dinnertime. “Are you hungry, girls?” she asks. Four-year-old Sadie trots into the dining room, while 9-month-old Ripley heads out to the deck for an al fresco meal. Da Silva delivers each dog a bowl of kibble and shuts the door between the two spaces...

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Kelly L. Williams
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
Black bear walking down the street in Yellowstone

Meet the new neighbors—and surprise, they don’t want to eat you. As human and black bear populations expand and overlap, this native animal is under fire. But bear-friendly strategies show what can happen when we put down the guns and start cleaning up our acts. It was when Robert Scott ran into...

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Karen E. Lange
Corey, a blind dog, carries a red toy in his backyard

When she managed a veterinary eye clinic in Portland, Oregon, Caroline Levin witnessed some heartbreaking scenes. “I’m sorry,” the veterinarian would tell a pet owner. “Your dog is blind. There is nothing we can do.” “The people would leave in tears,” Levin says, “whether it was some little old lady...

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Ruthanne Johnson

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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Grey cat surrounded by cleaning products

Millions of people are at home now in the midst of a pandemic, disinfecting and cleaning, taking cold and flu medications—with the potential they might unwittingly poison their pets. The cleaning products consumers have carried home from stores, stripping shelves bare, can kill the virus that causes...

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By Karen E. Lange
Dog chained to a tree with a heavy weight, awaiting to be rescued from dogfighting

One of the biggest dogfighting busts ever in the United States proved how important insider information is in cracking animal fighting cases. Federal authorities used information provided by tipsters to make their case against dogfighters in six states and take custody of more than 450 alleged...

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White tiger in a cage at a traveling circus

The white Bengal tiger paces back and forth, back and forth in a squat cage on the edge of the show ring. The cage is little longer than the tiger's body. The clock ticks down to the start of three scheduled performances at this fair in Pennsylvania. Potted palms and wooden masks decorate the ring...

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by Karen E. Lange
Chicken with baby chicks, crossing a pathway

Kristie Middleton never thought she’d spend Thanksgiving cuddling a turkey. “I just never thought of turkeys as wanting human attention or wanting human interaction,” she says. But then again, she’d never met Kona. Several years ago, Middleton was visiting Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in French...

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Kelly Madrone
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Michael Sharp

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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Collage of Humane State's work

A little bit of information goes a long way when it comes to helping animals. So imagine what can happen when a lot of information gets to the right people. Take, for example, the 26 emaciated dogs rescued by sheriff’s deputy Dru Davis in Creek County, Oklahoma. Davis used a dog body scoring chart...

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Ruthanne Johnson

Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

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Make your kids’ summer vacation count with these fun craft projects! Whether you design snazzy décor to deter birds from flying into your windows or make toys for the neighborhood pets, we’d love to see what you create. Share your photos with us! Projects for pets Keep pets of all stripes...

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Murchison, TEXAS—A 6½ year old mama bear named Jackie and her 1½ year old cub Russell are now safe and in their forever home at the 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. The duo recently arrived from southern California where they were rescued in 2019 by the Fund for...

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TRENTON, N.J.—The Humane Society of the United States is launching a three-year training initiative in New Jersey. Targeted trainings are available at no cost to the state’s many animal sheltering, law enforcement and rescue professionals. The first training in August will focus on organizational...

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Portrait of Rob and Marisol Thomas with their dogs, Ollie and Sammy.
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by Emily Smith
A Veterinarian treats a dog rescued from the China dog meat trade.

Editor's note | May 20, 2016: Since this article first published, activists have continued to go to Yulin to protest its annual dog meat festival and rescue dogs. A recent HSI investigation revealed that about 300 dogs are killed each day in the Yulin to supply the city's restaurants. During the...

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Karen E. Lange