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March 23, 2010

Talk Back: 400 Rescue Tails

The HSUS is active on so many fronts—passing public policies to protect animals and helping to enforce the laws, encouraging corporations to include animal welfare as part of their commitment to social responsibility, and educating the public about animal issues and engaging them in solutions. What’s more, we provide direct care to more animals than any other organization in the nation—through our five animal care centers, the management of wildlife habitats in 40 states through our Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, our Humane Wildlife Services programs, our spay/neuter operations in the United States and abroad, our rural area veterinary services work, and our emergency response deployments. Earlier this month, The HSUS traveled to three states over four days to give a second chance to nearly 400 dogs and cats living in deplorable conditions. Today I post some of your responses to these missions.

About the rescue of 90 dogs from a puppy mill in New Jersey and 120 cats from a suspected hoarding situation in Tennessee:

Where would these beloved creatures be without the help of the Humane Society. As a shelter worker, it is beyond my comprehension why as a society we continue to allow these puppy mills to prosper. While local governments are strapped, I would like to see more national legislation address these issues. That is one cause that I would appreciate my tax dollars at work. Thanks HSUS! —Lois Silvanovich
These darn puppy mills are exactly why there is overpopulation. There needs to be a law to shut these factories down. It's just horrible. —MAE777
My husband and I give donation money to HSUS every month. We know that this money will help so many animals that have been abused in some form or another. These poor animals have done nothing wrong, and they deserve so much better. People ask me all the time, why do you spend so much of your time and money helping animals—they're just animals! I help them because I love them. —Cynthia Viar

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Kathy Milani

And in response to our removal of 180 dogs and three cats from a squalid, overwhelmed nonprofit organization in Mississippi:

Wonderful work getting these poor animals out of this horrible environment. Your endless compassion and commitment truly shines. Though the photos are sad, knowing that these animals will receive a second chance is heartwarming. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do. —Sonja, Arizona
The picture that you posted, taken by Kathy Milani, of the dog about to be rescued by an HSUS worker—the dog is licking the HSUS man's nose through the cage as another dog looks on in approval—well that's just the most precious picture I've seen, and to me it represents everything the HSUS stands for and all that the HSUS does to help animals caught in miserable plights such as this. Thank you for rescuing the dogs and cats at Raven's Hope in Mississippi, and for all the rescues done by the HSUS every day of the year. You are truly doing God's work. —Bonnie Shulman
HSUS, you never cease to amaze me! Your rescue team is truly the BEST and please thank them for all their hard work. It is always so wonderful to see the animals treated with such love and kindness from your rescue team! They truly are wonderful, kindhearted souls and when I saw these pictures and the update it once again warmed my heart to know there are such great people out there to help our animals in need. May God bless all involved in these rescues and the animals too! —Karen Wagner
Sadly, this is just one of your stories of saving animals from deplorable conditions. Just looking at the pictures is sickening, I can't imagine animals or humans living like this and thinking it's OK. I want to send a big thank you to all the rescuers involved and to the HSUS for taking fast action on this and so many other stories you've shared with us. My heart fills with pride every time I see these pictures of animals being saved—great job...again! —Nancy Ball
Thank you so much for all you do. I can see my donations working in the rain and mud. —Vicki W.

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