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A good disaster plan is vital to keeping yourself and your animal companions safe. But horses require extra consideration because of their size and specific transportation needs. Since you won’t have much time to think or act during an emergency, take time now to create an effective emergency plan...

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Why livestock owners need to be prepared Disaster preparedness is important for all animals, but it is especially important for livestock because of the size of the animals and their shelter and transportation needs. Disasters can happen anywhere and take many different forms—from hurricanes to barn...

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Barn fires are one of any horse owner’s biggest nightmares. In just a few minutes of heat, smoke and fury, thousands of dollars of saddles, bridles, hay, grain and equipment can be lost along with the barn. That your horse could be trapped inside is almost too painful to imagine. Preventing barn...

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Amid the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, the Humane Society of the United States is urging communities and individuals—including those in regions historically considered ‘safe’—to create preparedness plans that include their animals. “From intensifying storms to...

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Our troubled economy has a trickle-down effect onto animals. Horse owners who struggle financially often find it difficult to adequately care for their high-maintenance animals. The result is a record-high number of horses who suffer from neglect or starvation. Some are even being sent to slaughter...

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Although community cats are resourceful and instinctively seek out safe places in times of danger, extreme weather may pose a threat to them. If you take care of a colony of cats, take heart! There are many things you can do to increase their chances of coming through the storm safe and sound. What...

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The first step on the road to pet ownership is to ask yourself some tough questions: Why do you want a puppy? Can you afford one? Are you prepared to take care of a dog every day for his entire life?

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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 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 harm’s way...

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By Emily Hamlin Smith

This statement was updated on 5/21/9 Kitty Block, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States, has released the following statement regarding the events which occurred this past weekend involving horseracing: "There’s too much heartbreak on the nation’s racetracks. The Humane...

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The concept of overpopulation, or how many deer are too many for a given area, is a subjective one. While it may be true that deer densities are at historic highs, this statement by itself has little meaning. To begin with, the forests of today in no way represent historical conditions in this...

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WASHINGTON – Kitty Block, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States released on official statement regarding the racehorse fatality at Del Mar racetrack: “There was another appalling and needless death at the Del Mar racetrack yesterday. Veterinarians there euthanized Koa, a three...

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WASHINGTON – Kitty Block, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States released on official statement regarding the racehorse fatalities at Los Alamitos racetrack: “The deaths of two horses during one race at Los Alamitos track in California this weekend is appalling and highlights...

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Captive and wild chimpanzees are now listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The new listing from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in response to a 2010 legal petition (PDF) by The Humane Society of the United States. Under the ESA, a permit for any activity that would involve...

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Illustration of a dog with leash in his mouth, cat on a carrier, and luggage in front of a stormy window.

It’s 2 in the morning and you awake to an unfamiliar buzz from your phone. It’s an emergency alert—there’s flash flooding in your area and you need to evacuate, now. Your kid is asleep down the hall. Your cat’s under the bed in her favorite nighttime hiding spot. Your dog is blinking at you from the...

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By Kelly L. Williams
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In a year already disrupted by a global pandemic, this fall’s raging wildfires and active hurricane season meant our Animal Rescue Team had to be flexible, carefully evaluating each disaster and adapting their response for the greatest impact. After years of disaster response, we’ve learned our...

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By Brianna Grant
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