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September 28, 2011

Six Faces of Animal Care

Most people don’t realize that The HSUS provides more direct care to animals than any organization in the nation. One major component of our hands-on programs consists of our animal care centers, operated in partnership with The Fund for Animals. But rather than my telling the story, here are some images from some of the ambassadors of our centers—a chimpanzee, two horses, a heron, a fisher, and a lion.

Kitty the chimpanzee
Kitty the chimpanzee: Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, Texas

Kitty was one of the many animals on the Black Beauty Ranch grounds who were prepared to face the wildfires recently raging in Texas.

You can visit Kitty and the other animals at the ranch by attending our fall open house on Saturday, October 15.

Maxine at Duchess
Maxine the mare: Duchess Sanctuary, Oregon

Maxine lives at our 1,120-acre sanctuary south of Eugene, Ore., that was established in 2008 as an oasis for about 200 formerly abused, abandoned, neglected, and homeless horses—most of them refugees from Premarin farms.

Take a video tour of Duchess and "like" us on Facebook to see photographic portraits of the Duchess herd throughout the seasons.

Glory the horse
Glory the mare: Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center, Texas

Glory is one of the lucky rescued horses currently at our Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center, located in Murchison, Texas, on the grounds of Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. The facility rescues and rehabilitates abused and neglected horses, and ultimately helps place them with adopters who can provide them with safe, permanent, loving homes.

See the horses up for adoption (and you can also meet them at our Oct. 15 open house).

  Heron bad hair
The heron: South Florida Wildlife Center, Florida

Our staff cared for this orphaned yellow-crowned night heron earlier this year at our Florida center, which treats more than 12,000 animals annually. The bird was successfully raised and released back to the wild.

Watch a video here of a few of the center’s other patients.

Fisher
The fisher: Cape Wildlife Center, Massachusetts

This fisher was in the process of being rehabilitated at our Cape Wildlife Center on Cape Cod, Mass., when Hurricane Irene recently came calling. The staff prepared this little guy and all the animals at the center for the storm and went on to weather the hurricane safely.

Read more about this facility in a recent story from our magazine All Animals.

Samson the lion
Samson the African lion: Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, California

Samson is one of the 68 full-time residents rescued from the exotic pet trade and other acts of cruelty at the Ramona, Calif., facility. We also treat injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into the wild.

View photos here of Samson as a cub and as a full-grown lion.

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