HSUS disaster response expanding with rescues and transports

Our teams on the ground are assisting with assessments of damage and need, and with rescue efforts. Photo by Anthony Rathbun/AP Images for The HSUS

The broadcast images are telling. A hovering Coast Guard helicopter lifts a family from a rooftop, 150 feet into the air, and then safely out of danger. The family includes a husband and wife couple in their late 50s or 60s and their two Boston Terriers, who seem to take the harrowing lift in stride. . . . 

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Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws

We’re housing the dogs, including several puppies, at a temporary shelter, where we are providing enrichment activities, including obstacle courses and scavenger hunts. Photo by Gina Lantella/The HSUS

Last month, I wrote about a startling rescue The HSUS carried out with law enforcement officials in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Eighty-four Great Danes had been living in a suspected puppy mill being run out of a mansion that looked grand on the outside but was rotten on the inside. The situation had deteriorated so badly . . . 

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A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

Over the past two years our work in Puerto Rico has touched virtually every aspect of animal protection, from humane education to law enforcement training to spay and neuter programs to shelter/rescue support. Photo by Brandywine Valley SPCA

In 2015, The HSUS planted a stake in the ground in Puerto Rico. No longer would animal protection groups avert their gaze from the Commonwealth, with its nearly four million U.S. citizens. Thanks to one of our leading supporters in New Jersey, The HSUS hired a Commonwealth director. And in short order thereafter, we developed . . . 

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The HSUS intervenes to stop outsized cruelty at a puppy mill in New Hampshire

There were big dogs who had spent countless hours in cages. There was no sign of drinking water, just remains of raw chicken parts strewn around the dogs. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Yesterday, The HSUS assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department with a puppy mill intervention not on a farm in Arkansas or a shack in North Carolina (two states where we’ve done major actions to help dogs), but rather in a mansion in northern New England. It is one of the most unexpected puppy mill operations our . . . 

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Authorities seize truck with more than 800 dogs, jam-packed in cages, bound for slaughter at Yulin

Hundreds of activists, including many belonging to our partner group, Guangzhou Animal Rescue, played a key role in the massive seizure of dogs bound for the Guangzhou province, known as the “world capital of dog meat consumption.” Photo by LJQ

Working on a tip from activists (including Humane Society International partner groups) just two days before the “official” start of the dog meat “festival” in Yulin, authorities have seized a truck transporting more than 800 dogs to a dog meat market. After 10 hours of negotiation, the dogs were handed over to the activists. At . . . 

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10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

Clarabelle was left behind with her puppies when a family left their foreclosed property in Georgia. Suffering from severe infection, she needed a number of surgeries and was nursed back to health by Pets Plus adoption coordinator Dawn Bateman, pictured above with Clarabelle. Now, she is a happy, healthy dog living with her new family.

Clarabelle was left behind with her puppies when a family left their foreclosed property in Georgia. Suffering from severe infection, she needed a number of surgeries and was nursed back to health by Pets Plus adoption coordinator Dawn Bateman, pictured above with Clarabelle. Now, she is a happy, healthy dog living with her new family.

This week, the HSUS Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores conversion program surpassed a milestone: participating pet stores have adopted out more than 10,000 shelter and rescue dogs since we started the effort. After launching this campaign in 2013, we’ve worked with 20 pet stores across the country to stop selling puppy mill dogs and to make homeless . . . 

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Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

We applaud New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legistlature for including the Companion Animal Capital Fund in the 2017-18 state budget, which creates a $5 million funding source that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal shelters with matching grants for capital projects -- something that is desperately needed by many of New York’s shelters, which are in desperate need of repairs and upgrades.

We applaud New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legistlature for including the Companion Animal Capital Fund in the 2017-18 state budget, which creates a $5 million funding source that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal shelters with matching grants for capital projects — something that is desperately needed by many of New York’s shelters, which are in desperate need of repairs and upgrades. Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP Images for The HSUS

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a 2017-18 state budget that includes a little-noticed item—one that until this year never found its way into fine print in the state’s spending plan. It’s a $5 million funding source, designated as the Companion Animal Capital Fund, that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal . . . 

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Sheriffs stand strong against animal cruelty, and so do we

Our work with law enforcement agencies across the country has allowed us to crack down on a wide array of animal cruelties -- like cockfighting.

Our work with law enforcement agencies across the country has allowed us to crack down on a wide array of animal cruelties — like cockfighting.
Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Yesterday, we hosted John Thompson, the deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, at our national headquarters and bestowed upon him a Humane Leadership Award for helping bring humane sensibilities into the consciousness of the nation. Thompson is straight out of central casting as a law enforcement man, yet his heart is just as . . . 

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Cockfighters defy the law, and on national television no less

It’s a felony to fight birds, to transport birds for fighting purposes, to possess birds for fighting, to sell cockfighting implements, and to bring a minor to a cockfight. It’s a federal misdemeanor to be a spectator at an animal fight.

It’s a felony to fight birds, to transport birds for fighting purposes, to possess birds for fighting, to sell cockfighting implements, and to bring a minor to a cockfight. It’s a federal misdemeanor to be a spectator at an animal fight. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

I am used to the nattering and claptrap of people who try to justify or excuse their acts of animal cruelty. They may dress it up as some kind of tradition, a personal right or freedom, a sort of social norm, or even an economic necessity. In addition to offering up their particular set of . . . 

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Stateside shelters help attack mass euthanasia, other animal problems in Puerto Rico

The stateside partners in the Sister Shelter Project will visit shelters in Puerto Rico to lift them up and professionalize their operations. Above, a rescued cat at Canita Sanctuary in Guayama, Puerto Rico.

The stateside partners in the Sister Shelter Project will visit shelters in Puerto Rico to lift them up and professionalize their operations. Above, a rescued cat at Canita Sanctuary in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP Images for The HSUS

We launched our Humane Puerto Rico program two years ago because animals are in crisis in this long-neglected, populous part of the United States. One fact, among all others, stared us in the face: some shelters in the Commonwealth had a euthanasia rate of 95 percent. There was a broad recognition that if an animal . . . 

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