Dogs are the canine companions who have shared our lives for millennia.

Ranging from tiny Chihuahuas to enormous Great Danes and every breed and magnificent mutt in between, dogs are an incredibly diverse species. Our best friends and furry family members provide us affection and company—but many dogs face neglect, exploitation and cruelty both here and abroad.

Dog with pups on dog meat farm in South Korea
Jean Chung
Dogs give us their best. They deserve ours.

Just petting a dog has been shown to lower a person's blood pressure.

Dog in a shelter with an HSUS staff member after being rescued
Workers and volunteers from the HSUS, along with shelter and rescue partners, assisted in relocating rescued puppy mill dogs in Person County, NC, in 2019.
Brent Clark
AP Images for the HSUS
Did you know?

Your dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than yours. Dogs can track people and other animals across many miles, detect dangerous substances and have even been known to sniff out signs of cancer.

Scared yellow dog left out in the rain and mud

For every animal saved, countless others are still suffering. By stepping up for them, you can create a future where animals no longer have to suffer in puppy mills, factory farms, testing labs or other heartbreaking situations. Start saving lives today!

Kathy Milani / The HSUS