Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

Animal cruelty includes intentional, malicious acts of animal abuse and less clear-cut situations where the needs of an animal are neglected. Violence against animals has been linked to a higher likelihood of criminal violence and domestic abuse.

Sad dog standing in a dirty water bowl during New Mexico animal cruelty/animal abuse rescue

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, we can use the information that is available to try to understand and prevent cases of abuse.

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Combatting pet overpopulation

One way you can help reduce the number of animals without a comfortable home is to have your pets spayed or neutered. This will help reduce number of homeless pets and animals in shelters, which will lead to less animals euthanized each year. Spaying or neutering also has health and behavioral benefits for your pet.

Did you know?

Have enacted animal cruelty laws that also include felony provisions since 2014.

woman nuzzling her dog

Also affect animals; women entering domestic violence shelters report that their partners hurt or killed the family pet.


Can be expected of a female dog who has been spayed. Male dogs who have been neutered can live 18% longer than those not.

Mother dog and puppy before being rescued from an alleged dog fighting operation in SC

We helped rescue 275 dogs from a suspected dogfighting operation in South Carolina. Your support is needed now more than ever to give these dogs and other animals the life they deserve.  

Meredith Lee / The HSUS