Preventing cruelty is The HSUS’s number one charge. But we also rush in to help animals in crisis, typically when local groups don’t have the resources to handle large numbers of animals in dire circumstances.
One of the most rewarding parts of our work is seeing the happy faces of formerly abused animals in their new homes. Getting to this stage is no easy task; each HSUS emergency response operation begins with countless hours of research, resource gathering, collaboration, and grunt work.
Anne Sterling/The HSUS
Plum was rescued from a dogfighting operation.
The actual rescue itself can be harrowing and exhausting. But in the end, it’s the support of local rescue groups and foster homes that helps us complete the mission, ensuring that every adoptable animal has a safe place to rest his or her head at night.
In 2010, The HSUS intervened in more than 50 puppy mills, animal fighting operations, animal hoarding situations, and the like. Of the thousands of animals rescued, each has his or her own unique story. Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared the survival stories of Boomer, Powell and Second Chance.
There’s also Gremlin, a sweet but completely deaf pit bull rescued from a dogfighting operation, who’s now learning sign language in her foster home!
Another one is Sugar the schnauzer, whose fur was such a matted mess when we found her living in filth that we couldn’t even identify her breed at first.
Possibly the smallest survivors are the 2,000 rats rescued from a hoarder in California. (If you’ve got a soft spot for these small pets, see how you can help the army of volunteers still caring for them in foster homes.)
I hope you enjoy seeing how these and some of our other rescued animals from 2010 are spending the holidays. And take heart in the animals you’ve helped us save this year, as we look ahead to fulfilling our charge to do more of this work in the next.