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August 31, 2011

Safe Havens for Displaced Pets after Hurricane Irene

With flooding and power outages still plaguing large parts of the East, we are helping animals and the people who care about them. In Pamlico County, N.C., our Animal Rescue Team members have been working with local animal control to prioritize the most urgent animal needs in the county and to respond to calls from families concerned about their pets left behind. One 5-year-old girl we met was holding her cat, Flower, and she and her family were very happy to have us take care of their pets at our shelter while they try to find somewhere to live. The community has been enormously grateful for our assistance.

If you’d like to help, you can donate on our website or text LOVE to 20222 to donate $10 to support our Disaster Relief Fund as we work to help pets affected by Hurricane Irene. You can also watch our latest video here and read the latest news about our ongoing response.

At our emergency pet shelter at the Craven County, N.C., fairgrounds, we’re caring for several dozen dogs, cats, and other pets, in addition to pit bulls we helped rescue from two dogfighting operations earlier this month. The horse we found wandering on a roadway is now safe at our shelter, as well as 11 hound dogs we found in an outdoor pen in dire need of food and water. PetSmart Charities will be sending supplies and staff, which will help us increase our shelter capacity, and dedicated volunteers from Hello Bully and our National Disaster Animal Response Team are also on the scene.

Horse helped by The HSUS after Hurricane Irene
Michelle Riley/The HSUS
Helping a horse after the storm.

Meanwhile in Vermont, The HSUS is working with municipal, Red Cross, and National Guard officials in Wilmington and joining with the Vermont Companion Animal Neutering Clinic to offer assistance to people who had to evacuate because of historic flooding in the state. We have an emergency shelter set up near Brattleboro, Vt., where we’re caring for more than 50 dogs we recently rescued from a puppy mill as well as sheltering animals displaced by the hurricane. So far the shelter has taken in several cats from families who had nowhere to go with their pets, and we continue to be available to take in additional animals.

With the support of the Vermont Companion Animal Neutering Clinic, we are offering pet food and supplies to evacuated families impacted by the flooding, and we have offered to do search and rescue for animals with the National Guard. In Wilmington, which suffered devastating flooding, we plan to set humane traps for cats who are displaced and in need of care.

HSUS state directors along the East Coast have been in touch with local shelters and government agencies to assess the storm’s effect on animals. We’re a member of the New York City Office of Emergency Management Animal Planning Task Force, and our state director served shifts at the operations center and assisted with pet-related issues. Throughout the height of the storm and its aftermath, we’ve been sharing the latest information about pet-friendly evacuation shelters on Twitter, getting the message out about protecting pets, and helping evacuation shelters and animal shelters get the supplies they need—from bowls to crates and bedding to power generators.

When we received a tip on Twitter that a mother dog and her puppies in Virginia were outside in the storm, we quickly alerted local police, who made sure the dogs were brought inside to safety. Our staff will continue to help animals in need as communities begin to recover, thanks to our supporters who make this work possible.

August 30, 2011

Factory Farming’s Toll on the Environment

For years, leading environmental organizations have condemned industrial-style animal farms because of the effect of concentrating so many animals in such a small space. The massive volume of waste they produce goes untreated, and it can contaminate water supplies and cause other local environmental effects, if not managed properly.

Breeding pigs in gestation crates
Factory farms produce huge amounts of waste.

One of Europe’s leading farm animal welfare groups, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), lays out this issue out well in its new video project called “Factory Farming Facts,” which details industrial animal agribusiness’ impact on natural resources, human health, and animal welfare. It’s worth watching.

As CIWF chief executive Philip Lymbery underscores in one of the videos, "Factory Farming: Impact on our Resources and Environment," the way that we raise animals brings up fundamental questions about resource use and pollution. It takes enormous quantities of water, grain, and other resources to produce meat and to rear animals for other products, such as milk and eggs.

There’s no issue in the realm of animal welfare on which we can have a bigger impact on than animal agriculture. Most of us sit down several times a day to a plate of food, and the choices we make there have enormous consequences for so many animals caught up in our industrial food production system, as well as for the environment.

August 29, 2011

From North to South, Answering the Call for Animals

Irene was a big storm, but it was no Katrina. That assessment is based on more than wind gusts and wave action alone. It also reflects our nation’s preparedness efforts for this hurricane. Now six years to the day that Katrina made landfall, it’s obvious in the immediate wake of Irene that our nation learned many of the lessons of 2005. We were better prepared, we set up evacuation centers that took in people and their pets, and we had developed disaster response plans that accounted for the presence of animals in our lives and in our communities. Even if Irene had been as strong as Katrina, I am sure we would have fared much better than we did six years ago.

In North Carolina, our Animal Rescue Team was caring for rescued pit bulls confiscated from two fighting operations we busted with local law enforcement earlier in the month. Our team members hunkered down right near the heart of the storm in Craven County, N.C., bunking on cots at our emergency shelter and keeping watch over the dogs and puppies through the heavy rains and winds. “Our rescue staff realized that if these dogs had not been rescued, they would have likely drowned at the end of their chains,” said Ann Chynoweth, senior director of the HSUS Animal Rescue Team.

Rescued dog Hazel rests at an HSUS shelter preparing for Hurricane Irene
Rescued pit bull Hazel resting at our emergency shelter.

On Sunday, HSUS staff teamed up with Pamlico County, N.C. law enforcement to assess the needs of other animals in the area. Floodwaters exceeded 10 feet in some places, and thousands of people lost their homes. We saw boats in front yards, crushed cars, downed trees, and debris all over. We saw animals left behind, including a horse walking down the road. Luckily, we were able to capture the horse and find out where he lived. We also found a frightened dog stuck on top of debris and carried him to safety.

Animal Control has received numerous requests to check on or pick up animals within the county, so we will be helping them with these efforts this week. We’re setting up an HSUS emergency animal shelter at the fairgrounds in Craven County, where we will provide care for lost pets and foster the animals of local emergency responders who are busy helping people in the communities. We will also have a toll-free phone number for North Carolina residents to send reports of animals in need to our HSUS teams on the ground. Many residents we spoke to were only returning to gather things that they could salvage from their homes. Power is expected to take more than a month to restore, and there is no running water.

Up in New England, we were also prepared at our own Cape Wildlife Center, operated by The HSUS and The Fund for Animals. “Our emergency management plans enabled us to continue operations without missing a beat,” said Cape Wildlife Center director Theresa Barbo. Although high winds knocked out power in our part of the Cape, the center put its emergency generator to work and all of the animals made it through just fine. In fact, just as power went down, the center took in its first Irene victims—young gray and red squirrels blown out of their nests.

Baby squirrels at the Cape Wildlife Center during Hurricane Irene
Heather Fone/The HSUS
Baby squirrels at our Cape Wildlife Center.

With The HSUS doing so much hands-on work this weekend, I could not help but think of our critics who say we should do more hands-on work and less in the way of policy and education, as if animal-abuse industries and their public relations flacks were experts at doing animal protection work, or actually doing anything of that kind themselves. I just wish they could have read the internal email traffic I received from colleagues all over the East Coast this weekend–whether they were caring for animals at our wildlife center in Massachusetts, for dogs at our emergency pet shelter in North Carolina, or for cats at our adoption event in Florida.

In Gainesville, several of our team members spent the weekend finding new homes for hundreds of cats we rescued from a hoarding case in June. More than 250 cats went home with their new families in a single weekend after a massive adoption event. The animals have been recuperating and receiving necessary vet care at our emergency shelter for nearly three months.

We joined with the Alachua County Humane Society, Alachua County Animal Services, PetSmart Charities, The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, and All Cats Health Care Clinic for this event. We’ll continue to care for the other cats who weren’t adopted this weekend and work with shelters to find placement for them. You can support the work of our Animal Rescue Team here to help these and other pets in need.

P.S. We are providing up-to-the-minute information and assistance for pet owners affected by Hurricane Irene on our Twitter page. Even if you're not on Twitter, you can still get all the info here: http://www.twitter.com/humanesociety.

August 26, 2011

Keeping Your Pets Safe, Whatever the Weather

Earlier this week, the East Coast had quite a surprise: a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, not unheard of but rare in this part of the country. Given that it’s hurricane season, however, it’s not so surprising that we’re now preparing for a storm. By all accounts, Irene appears to be a major hurricane, and it’s threatening the seaboard from North Carolina to Maine. It’s coming just in advance of the six-year anniversary of Katrina’s terrible blow to the Gulf Coast.

Plywood Prep
Workers at The HSUS's Cape Wildlife Center
prepare for Hurricane Irene.
photo: The HSUS

Our South Florida Wildlife Center escaped the storm, but our Cape Wildlife Center is making fast preparations to protect our injured wildlife there. And The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team is on standby to help wherever we’re called in by local agencies. And wherever you live, it’s a good time to check your emergency plans for your pets. Having a plan in advance is the most important thing you can do to ensure their safety.

The simplest message to remember is that if you’re asked to evacuate, always take your pets with you. You never know when you might be able to return home, and if conditions aren’t safe for you, they’re not safe for your pets. Another easy but crucial way to protect your pets is to make sure they’ve got up-to-date identification.

To make evacuation easier, find out in advance where you can go with your pets. In case of a major disaster, your area may offer an emergency shelter for pets, but it’s important to check ahead of time. You may need to look for a hotel that accepts pets, or a friend or family member who’d be willing to take your pets temporarily.

Another important step is to put together an emergency kit for your pets. The kit should include:

  • Food and water for at least five days, bowls, and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food
  • Medications and medical records, stored in a waterproof container, and a first aid kit
  • Litter box, litter, garbage bags to collect pet waste, and a litter scoop
  • Sturdy leashes and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets can't escape
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets
  • Items to comfort your pet, such as a blanket or toy
  • Information about your pets’ medical conditions, feeding schedules, and veterinarian

A friend, neighbor, or family member can also help if you’re away from home during an emergency. Make sure this person has a spare key and knows where you keep your pet emergency kit, where your pets usually are, and where to meet you.

If you're advised to evacuate, pack up your pets and supplies and go. But in case of less severe weather or other emergencies, you may need to stay put at home for a few days. The same supplies from your pet emergency kit will come in handy. Also, make sure to bring your pets indoors if bad weather is on the way, and keep an eye on the weather reports.

Across the country, we’ve seen so much devastation this year from floods, tornadoes, and all kinds of weather. Localized events like fires and power outages can have a big effect, too. Taking these steps will help both you and your pets stay safe.

August 25, 2011

Leading the Way on Alternatives to Using Animals in Experiments

The long-term goal of working with scientists to end harmful experimentation on tens of millions of animals in laboratories has always been an objective of The Humane Society of the United States.

At an international scientific conference in Montreal this week, we delivered a strong case that now is the time to spearhead a sustained effort to further develop alternative methods to replace animals in harmful research and testing altogether.

The venue for our presentation was the 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences—the premier forum for scientists, animal advocates, and others to discuss the current status of alternatives, as well as future prospects for advancing these methods.

Black-and-white kitten

Alternatives can replace animals in research procedures, reduce the number of animals used, or refine methods so that they cause less animal suffering; these are known as the three Rs.

Dr. Martin Stephens, HSUS’ vice president for animal research issues, called on the alternatives community and the wider scientific community to lead science into the future by embracing the replacement of all animals in harmful experiments with more modern, sophisticated methods.

We’ve played other key roles in the conference throughout the week. On Sunday, The HSUS, Humane Society International, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund co-hosted the international Animal Protection Satellite Meeting, which brought together nearly 30 leading animal protection organizations endorsing our resolution calling upon research institutions around the world to develop and publicize strategies to replace, reduce, and refine their use of animals in experimentation.

Today, we presented the Russell & Burch Award to Julia Fentem, vice president of the Safety & Environmental Assurance Center of Unilever, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of alternative methods in testing the safety of products.

In addition, Emily McIvor, HSI’s senior policy advisor for the European Union, received the prestigious Henry Spira Award in recognition of her important accomplishments in the cause of animal welfare.

Our animal research experts co-organized sessions on testing Botox-type products and presented on the current state of chimpanzees in laboratories, efforts to reduce animal pain and distress, our AltTox.org website on non-animal alternatives, and other important topics.

In my book, I called for a new, humane economy, and replacing the use of animals in research and testing has to be one element of our economic and ethical make-over. This is a case where investments in innovation will not only move us away from the harmful treatment of animals, but also forward in our efforts to protect human health. Alternative methods are typically better, faster, less expensive, and more reliable than animal tests.

It’s a pivot point for us and our campaign to move away from animal testing and research. We will continue to work with scientists, policy makers, and other animal protection organizations to make that happen in the years ahead.

August 24, 2011

Shady Dealings by Cockfighting Front Group in Alabama

Last week, I was in Tennessee, and, among other topics, addressed the need for lawmakers to fortify the state’s anemic anti-cockfighting law. I singled out Rep. Frank Niceley, the chair of the House Agriculture Committee, who has repeatedly blocked the legislation. Rep. Niceley has called cockfighting a Southern tradition and cited its value in promoting tourism.

In some ways, Niceley is right. Anemic cockfighting laws are a draw. Raid after raid—including federal raids of major Tennessee pits—turns up a harvest of out-of-state cockfighters in search of some sort of amnesty program. Is that really the kind of tourism that Rep. Niceley wants—roving bands of rag-tag cockfighters flocking to the Volunteer State so they can sidestep their home state’s stronger penalties? Perhaps Niceley thinks that Tennessee should weaken its drug and prostitution laws to promote more business from folks involved in those enterprises, too.

Rooster from a cockfighting raid
Kathy Milani/The HSUS

The state that gets the prize, however, for the weakest anti-cockfighting law is Alabama, where the maximum fine is $50. The penalty is unchanged from 1896, when the law was enacted and when $50 actually meant a little something. The HSUS has worked with media outlets to expose the large, semi-underground cockfighting subculture in the state, in order to demonstrate to lawmakers that our concern is not just an abstract one.

As in Tennessee, some high-level officials in Alabama have demonstrated an unusual level of tolerance for cockfighting. One agriculture extension specialist from Auburn University told the Decatur newspaper last week that the sale of fighting roosters to foreign markets generates important commerce for Alabama. This individual failed to mention that the sale of fighting roosters to any other nation is a federal felony.

It seems there’s something of a relationship between Auburn and the state’s leading cockfighting organization. In 2007, it came to light that Auburn’s veterinary college received “continuing support” from the Alabama Gamefowl Breeders Association (AGBA), the state’s leading voice for the cockfighting community.

This is the same AGBA that an HSUS investigative consultant documented was raising money and selling memberships at an illegal cockfighting pit in Chilton County earlier this year. That pit was shut down by the local sheriff just a few weeks after we infiltrated the pit. And it’s the same outfit that spends tens of thousands of dollars each year for lobbyists to stop any efforts to pass a stronger cockfighting law.

The Decatur story goes on to quote Dr. Tony Frazier, the Alabama state veterinarian, as saying he was supportive of the last year’s anti-cockfighting bill, and that’s a good thing. But Dr. Frazier also indicated that he had solicited an outside group to help find homes for roosters seized in a recent cockfighting raid. And that group was, again, the Alabama Gamefowl Breeders Association, which is nothing but a front group for cockfighters.

The Alabama Gamefowl Breeders Association is an organized criminal association. No state veterinarian or respected university should get close to it, and they certainly ought not support it or consort with it. And it’s precisely when lawmakers or other state or university officials get mixed up with these people that we get such feeble policies with respect to illegal animal fighting.

August 23, 2011

Homeward Bound: Rescued Cats Up for Adoption

In early June, the HSUS Animal Rescue Team deployed to Florida to help Alachua County Animal Services remove nearly 700 cats from appalling conditions, in one of the largest cat rescues in American history. We called on our partners to support us on the scene, with the ASPCA’s forensic services team helping document conditions; PetSmart Charities donating supplies; The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida conducting triage veterinary exams; and RedRover joining HSUS staff and volunteers caring for the cats at our emergency shelter in Gainesville.

An orange kitten, one of nearly 700 cats rescued in Florida by The HSUS
James Branaman
500+ cats will be up for adoption.

After receiving more than two months of dedicated care there, the cats have reached a major new marker in their lives. Their previous owners have relinquished custody, and The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida has stepped in to spay and neuter the animals. This weekend, we’re proud to be working with the Alachua County Humane Society, Alachua County Animal Services, PetSmart Charities, and The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida to host a special adoption event for these very special cats rescued by The HSUS to find their new homes.

More than 500 of these rescued cats will be available for adoption at the Alachua County Humane Society in Gainesville from Aug. 26-28. You can find full details about the event here, and I encourage you to spread the word to anyone in the area who may be interested in adopting a new feline companion or two. Adopters don’t have to live in Florida, and there will be all ages and types of cats available. All the animals have had proper veterinary evaluations, and thanks to a generous grant from PetSmart Charities, adoption fees are only $5.

In the meantime, HSUS staff members on site are getting ready for the big event and helping the cats to put their best foot forward. Our director of animal cruelty investigations, Adam Parascandola, is at the emergency shelter and sent this update on two animals who made a big impression on the day of the rescue.

Possum is a blind Siamese cat seen in our video from the rescue. He has feline leukemia virus, which is a serious disease but many FeLV-positive cats are generally healthy with proper treatment. We know he is feeling better because he has become more playful and outgoing. He reaches out for attention now. And the best news of all for Possum: One of the University of Florida veterinarians fell in love with him and plans to adopt him this week.

A blind Siamese cat, one of nearly 700 cats rescued in Florida by The HSUS
James Branaman
The blind cat named Possum.

Another star cat from our video, Velcro, is super affectionate and clamors for attention. This orange-and-white tabby loves to climb on your shoulders. Due to severe neglect, he suffers from oral ulcers. Best Friends Animal Society will be taking him in to get him back to health so he can be adopted. He is one of 10 cats with significant medical issues that Best Friends will be caring for.

Overall, the cats are facing many issues stemming from long-term neglect, though they’ve improved dramatically in the last two months. Several dozen have been treated for ringworm, a skin infection. Dental issues are also prevalent and many animals will need some dental work. Though most of the cats are friendly, we’ll work to find appropriate homes for the unsocialized ones as well.

But today when I walk through the shelter, it’s such a joy to see calm and happy cats with few signs of remaining illness. Many of them are feeling so much better they have become quite playful, which tells me they are ready to be placed in homes where they can get the individualized attention they so richly deserve.

You can follow updates from this weekend's adopt-a-thon on Twitter by searching for #FLFeline550.

August 22, 2011

Protecting the Welfare of Animals in Zoos

Two weeks ago, I was in Michigan, where I participated in an international symposium sponsored by the Detroit Zoo about the welfare of animals in captive settings: “From Good Care to Great Welfare–Advancing Zoo Animal Welfare Science and Policy.” The symposium, pulled together by Detroit Zoo director Ron Kagan and his team, focused on understanding and bridging the gap between simply providing good care, and ensuring great welfare by understanding the impacts of captivity and taking all possible steps to reach a higher standard.

Vervet monkeys - iStockphoto


Zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are charged with giving animals the best environments possible, and typically these facilities have the kind of resources and the professional expertise to reach for high standards of care. We’ve been critical on occasion of the decisions by some zoos to keep and maintain certain species, but perhaps the biggest captive wildlife welfare issue is the vast number of unaccredited facilities in the zoo world. While there are just over 200 accredited zoos, there are perhaps 2,000 non-accredited facilities nationwide, and many are little more than roadside menageries. We recently had something to say, in a report by the local ABC television affiliate, about an unaccredited facility in Las Vegas.

Most AZA zoos exceed the minimum standards of animal care mandated by the federal Animal Welfare Act. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the vast number of unaccredited, often run-down operations where highly intelligent species with complex needs have been kept in the same cramped and barren concrete cages for decades. It’s no longer acceptable for animals to be simply “maintained” at zoos; today we expect animals to have a good life, even if they are in a captive setting. As the AZA recognizes, captive animals require room to exercise and a stimulating environment that gives them opportunities to express natural behaviors.

The HSUS is flooded with complaints from the public about grossly sub-standard roadside zoos where sad animals beg for food and exhibit profound and disturbing neurotic behaviors. Some of these animals are long-lived and they will never know what it’s like to climb a tree, dig in the dirt, forage for fresh fruit, swim in a cool stream, socialize with others of their own kind, or make simple choices about their daily lives. Some of these operations fool the public into believing they are “rescue” operations or saving endangered species—as though parading a tiger cub around a shopping mall for children to handle will somehow help animals imperiled in the wild.

State and federal laws need to catch up with the care and husbandry standards developed by zoo professionals and scientists. Accredited zoos and their professional staff can help to advance sensible public policies for animal welfare, such as banning the private ownership of dangerous exotic pets. Lawmakers and regulators should ensure that all captive wild animals are provided with a humane environment that stimulates both mind and body.

August 19, 2011

Getting Wild Animals Back on Their Feet

In almost any American city, when our cats, dogs, and other companion animals need medical attention, we have options for urgent care: the local veterinarian or veterinary clinic or hospital. The nation has about 70,000 veterinarians, and one of the fastest growing veterinary organizations is our own Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. These days, there are vet specialists and veterinary disciplines, and collectively, they are providing some remarkable care for animals.

Heron at South Florida Wildlife Center
Jim Dunn
A heron treated at the South Florida Wildlife Center.

But what’s our course of action when we come across a sick or injured turtle, raccoon, opossum, hawk, or other wild creature in distress? Some veterinarians and their clinics may be able to help, but the best hope is often a local wildlife care or rehabilitation center in the vicinity. The nation, fortunately, has a network of hundreds of these facilities, thanks to the selfless work of the people who devote their lives to these creatures in need. These facilities constitute a class of animal welfare operations that don’t get the recognition or attention they deserve.

The HSUS and The Fund for Animals own and operate three wildlife centers, and the biggest of them is our South Florida Wildlife Center. There, our team of veterinarians, animal technicians, and volunteers treat, rehabilitate, and/or release more than 12,000 animals every year—and it’s one of the biggest wildlife care centers in the nation. It also operates wildlife ambulances to rescue animals in crisis.

Today, you can take a sneak peek at a few of the center’s patients. Many animals arrive there after being hit by cars, orphaned, or entangled in trash or fishing gear. The center’s expert staff then work to patch them up and prepare them to return to the wild. These creatures are among the more than 100,000 animals of all kinds HSUS staff provide direct care to every year through our animal care centers, veterinary programs, emergency rescue deployments, and other hands-on work around the world.

August 18, 2011

Charity Report Card: HSUS First in Class

With back-to-school season upon us, a charity rating group has released a different kind of report card: a ranking of which nonprofits are making the biggest difference in their fields. Philanthropedia (part of GuideStar) just published its latest rankings of national animal protection groups, and The Humane Society of the United States was named as the number-one organization, with the metric focused on highest impact for animals.

Cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Florida in 2011
Julie Busch Branaman
The HSUS works to protect all animals. Hundreds of cats
we rescued in Florida will be up for adoption next week.

Philanthropedia explains that its rankings are based on effectiveness because “the impact the organization is having is the most important measure of whether one should support that group.” To compile its list, it reached out to a wide range of well-respected experts throughout the field of animal protection—including shelter directors, veterinarians, senior staff members of animal nonprofits, professors and researchers, and foundation professionals. More than 170 animal experts responded with their recommendations and comments.

Of course, we get backhanded comments all the time from our adversaries, who seem to obsessively focus on The HSUS and try to find fault with us—not because we are inefficient or unfocused, but precisely the opposite.

In this case, it’s great to be recognized by our peers, and we are so grateful for their affirmation of our work.

Among the many comments posted from animal protection experts, I wanted to share a few with you.

On our hands-on care and rescue work:

“[The] Humane Society of the United States puts its money where its mouth is by supporting national and local campaigns against cruelty. Black Beauty Ranch, here in Texas, is a perfect example of how they don't just talk about the issues of cruelty and neglect; they create solutions to correct the effects of such cruelty.”

“[The] Humane Society of the United States has responded well to large scale disasters (hurricanes) and puts on an effective annual conference for animal welfare professionals, making them both a role model for other national organizations and a resource for shelters across the country.”

“[The] Humane Society of the United States has broad influence on state and federal legislation affecting companion animals, farmed animals, animals used in research and wildlife. They also provide direct care for many animals through disaster response and other programs. The organization is well recognized by the public and has a very large base of members and supporters that help to make it effective.”

Several people praised the breadth of our programs focused on pets, wildlife, farm animals, and more:

“[The] Humane Society of the United States has good leadership and a focus on all animal issues, not just dogs and cats.”

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