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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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The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg—most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are. However...

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Steps you can take to stop animal abuse

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If your dog seems to worry when you're heading out, destroys stuff when you leave the house, follows you from room to room when you're home, goes berserk when you come back and seems to be eyeing you suspiciously even before you leave—you may be dealing with a case of separation anxiety. Dogs with...

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Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

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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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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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Supporters of horse slaughter put forth many arguments to support their position. But if you look at the facts, you'll see the truth: The slaughter of horses for meat is not only unnecessary and inhumane, it is also harmful in many ways. Below are answers to some of the most common questions about...

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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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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the cruel strangulation and abandonment of an adult dog. The Case: On March 18, the McKamey Animal Center...

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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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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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In an effort to promote and advance humane, sustainable approaches to resolving conflicts between humans and wildlife, for years, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has collaborated with researchers, NGOs and academic institutions, as well as federal, state and local agencies to help...

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To thrive, horses require healthy amounts of food and water, adequate shelter and competent care. Horse owners must commit a great deal of time, energy, skill and money to ensuring their horses have everything they need to live a happy, healthy life of thirty years or more. Any time a horse changes...

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Horses in the U.S. are not raised for food. They are bred for transportation, farm work, sport and companionship—not for meat. But some groups are eager to bring horse slaughter plants back to the U.S.—despite the terrible cruelty of horse slaughter, the risks to human health associated with tainted...

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Soring involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse's legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Caustic chemicals—blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene—are applied to the horse's limbs, causing extreme pain and suffering...

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American wild horses
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Karen E. Lange
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

The Humane Society of the United States is proud to honor Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Emergency Management and Jefferson County Animal Control with 2021 Humane Law Enforcement Awards. Together, these agencies implemented several animal protection policies and programs...

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A small pool filled with green slime was Cinder’s only drinking water when animal control officers in Somerset County, Maryland, rescued her from a large-scale breeding operation earlier this year. She had been living without access to food, clean water or adequate veterinary care—left in a dark...

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By Emily Smith