Animal Rescue and Care

The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

At The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in San Diego County, the staff treats a wide range of native animals who are in some kind of trouble. But when a call came in from a hiker who claimed to have found a sick bald eagle in the woods, their bat ears and their skepticism went . . . 

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Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

As part of my 2016 round-up of our accomplishments and activities, today I run through the 10 most popular blogs for the year – the ones that got the most page views (I write about 275 blogs a year, or one each weekday). These include four blogs covering a bill signing or a final rulemaking . . . 

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Daniel in the lying den

Daniel in the lying den

In March, the HSUS Animal Rescue Team freed about 300 animals from the horrors of an Arkansas puppy mill, which confined living dogs among their dead and decomposing kin. Inside a dilapidated shed filled with trash and used equipment, our team found Daniel, a little tri-colored Shepherd puppy, along with his mother and sibling. As . . . 

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If you dig tortoises, this program is for you

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If you dig tortoises, this program is for you

A year ago, I would not have imagined I’d spend this Thanksgiving holiday with a shovel in hand, covered in powdery dirt, and digging 10 feet deep into the ground to find 15- to 30-pound gopher tortoises in central Florida. It’s a bit of a needle in a haystack enterprise, but we had expert animal . . . 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of The HSUS’s incorporation. The organization, founded in 1954, has changed the political, cultural, and economic landscape for animals in the United States and abroad. We’ve got so much more work to do, but this holiday is a good time to reflect on what we’ve done together, and to give . . . 

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Puppy mill cruelty rears its head in Iowa

Puppy mill cruelty rears its head in Iowa

A photo this week of George W. and Laura Bush’s new puppy, adopted from the SPCA of Texas, reminds us that our previous Republican president and his wife are avowed animal lovers. Their compassion also reminds us that so many tens of millions of us love animals and want to be their protectors and not . . . 

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In wake of Zanesville tragedy, five states still have no rules on private ownership of dangerous animals

In wake of Zanesville tragedy, five states still have no rules on private ownership of dangerous animals

This week marks the five-year anniversary of perhaps the saddest incident in the nation’s history related to the private ownership of dangerous exotic wildlife. In Zanesville, Ohio, a mentally disturbed man released his private menagerie of 50 tigers, lions, cougars, bears, wolves, and primates before committing suicide, leading authorities to hunt down dozens of the . . . 

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Updates from South Carolina, Haiti on disaster response

Updates from South Carolina, Haiti on disaster response

Our disaster response work in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew continues in South Carolina, after our transfer of nearly 100 dogs from shelters there ahead of the storm. We’ve been on the ground in that state since last week, assisting in rescue and relief, which included additional transports of close to 100 other animals. We’re . . . 

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The HSUS responds in wake of destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew

The HSUS responds in wake of destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew

Partly because of the enormous interest in the Presidential race, Hurricane Matthew – a massive storm that affected an enormous area of Florida and contributed to immense flooding in the Carolinas – has not gotten the focus it would have otherwise attracted in the national media. We took the forecasts of a cataclysmic storm very . . . 

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The HSUS helps rescue 150 dogs, cats, goats from North Carolina puppy mill

The HSUS helps rescue 150 dogs, cats, goats from North Carolina puppy mill

It’s happened in North Carolina again – not a civil rights controversy or a boycott, but yet another case of animal cruelty exposed. The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the HSUS Animal Rescue Team to deliver 105 dogs from the bowels of yet another filthy, overcrowded puppy mill. There were cats and even . . . 

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