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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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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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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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Photo of a dog with heavy chain at an alleged dogfighting operation.

An anonymous tip led police to a residential property, where they found dogs who were scarred, underweight and flea-infested, living outside with scant shelter, staked to chains thick enough to tow a boat. On that day in late May, Gaston County Police Department officers removed two severely...

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By Julie Falconer
Mir the dog surveying a pond on a large property that is now his home.

The first time Joni Conley saw her new furry family member run around her hay farm, it was clear that he’d spent most of his former life in a cage. “It was like he didn’t know where his legs were,” she recalls. “When he got the zoomies, I thought he was gonna blow a knee out!”

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By Danielle S. Tepper

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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Photo of Sushi the dog jumping into a pool.

Sushi was an excitable and energetic puppy. He’d need the right home, thought Morgan Rivera, one that could handle his high energy levels. Rivera—coordinator of transport and placement with the HSUS—was in Florida helping to assess what Sushi and 41 other dogs would need to thrive after a rough...

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By Brianna Grant

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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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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Text by Julie Falconer ■ Illustrations by Rachel Stern
Photo of Minnow the dog laying in the grass.

Minnow It makes sense that her best friends are turkeys. Minnow spent the first five months of her life on a dog meat farm in South Korea before she was rescued by Humane Society International in 2015 and adopted by Abbie Hubbard, who worked at a Virginia shelter where the rescued dogs were flown...

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By Karen E. Lange

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