Breaking: Rescuers arrive at house full of cats suffering from neglect

By on October 20, 2021 with 0 Comments

This week, our Animal Rescue and Response team was dispatched to Indiana to help rescue dozens of cats from a house in Muncie. I had the honor of being with them, on the ground, seeing the first moments these cats got the love and care they so desperately needed.

When I first entered the house, a stench of ammonia hit me immediately. The cats had been living in relentless filth, which made it impossible for them to keep themselves clean and healthy. In all my years of this work, I haven’t seen animals living in conditions like this before. Our team had to be careful not to slip on the layers of filth that had piled up. City officials say that the 1,500-square-foot property will be condemned once all the cats are removed.

The floor of the residence was covered in filth, and many of the cats suffered from respiratory illness. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

As we moved through the house, we began to meet the cats. Many of the cats were very thin, sick or suffering from injuries. And yet, despite everything they suffered, many of the cats came right up to rescuers to purr and ask for head scratches. Some of the cats even followed us around the house.

It never ceases to amaze me how resilient and strong animals are. This is something that I know keeps me—and our team—going even through the most painful of cases.

As rescuers moved through the house, some of the cats began to follow them, purring and requesting attention. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

The rescued cats are now recovering in a temporary shelter. Volunteers from RedRover are helping our team tremendously with the daily needs of the cats at the temporary shelter. Once their immediate health and welfare needs are met, the cats will be available for adoption through shelter and rescue partners.

The cats are getting transported to a temporary shelter where they will receive urgent veterinary care. Then they will be seeking new homes. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

I’m so heartened that Muncie officials requested our assistance so that the cats could swiftly be connected to care. I’m confident that a brighter future lies ahead for them, thanks to all our supporters who make rescues like this possible.

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We’re suing the world’s largest pork producer for misleading the public about animal abuse

By on October 18, 2021 with 5 Comments
We’re suing the world’s largest pork producer for misleading the public about animal abuse

Today the Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit against Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, for misleading consumers about animal abuse in its supply chain. A little background: It is common practice in big animal agriculture to use “gestation crates.” These . . . 

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Here’s why animal agriculture must be central at UN climate change summit

By on October 14, 2021 with 0 Comments
Here’s why animal agriculture must be central at UN climate change summit

The facts are clear: More than 88 billion land animals are bred, raised and slaughtered for food every year. The animal agriculture industry is responsible for at least 14.5% to 16.5% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions globally, on par with emissions from all the planes, . . . 

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American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

By on October 12, 2021 with 4 Comments
American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

Giraffes, with their iconic long necks and unmistakable, beautifully patterned coats, are facing extinction. There are currently fewer than 69,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild today. And the threats of habitat loss and illegal hunting for bushmeat are only exacerbated by demand for giraffe . . . 

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US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

By on October 11, 2021 with 5 Comments
US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

In the spring, wolf dens are usually full of young pups being raised by their parents and helper wolves, but when one den in Idaho was discovered vacant earlier this year, biologists worked on uncovering the reason. Today, the Washington Post reported that eight wolf . . . 

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Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

By on October 8, 2021 with 1 Comment
Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

North American bird populations have declined by three billion birds since 1970, which is just one of the reasons why the Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been such an important source of protection for birds for decades. So, it felt like a terrible threat when . . . 

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There’s still time to speak out against bear hunts that put mothers and newborn cubs in danger

By on October 6, 2021 with 11 Comments
There’s still time to speak out against bear hunts that put mothers and newborn cubs in danger

For all of us, fall is a time for winter preparation. For black bears, that means packing on the pounds to build a fat layer robust enough to withstand months of winter hibernation without eating, and even more so for female bears who will birth . . . 

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Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

By on October 4, 2021 with 5 Comments
Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

In August, reports began to surface that a lion in Zimbabwe, who was beloved by local communities, was likely lured out of Hwange National Park and allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter. His name was Mopane. For anyone who followed the story of Cecil . . . 

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The Humane Legislator of the Year Award goes to Rep. Paul Tonko

By on September 30, 2021 with 3 Comments
The Humane Legislator of the Year Award goes to Rep. Paul Tonko

While 2020 was no ordinary year, each and every one of us associated with the Humane Society family of organizations did our best to make it an extraordinary one for animals. Here in the U.S., our colleagues at the Humane Society Legislative Fund finished strong . . . 

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Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

By on September 29, 2021 with 1 Comment
Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Hawaiian spinner dolphins, named for their acrobatic displays like leaping out of the water and spinning in the air, are nocturnal. To make it harder for sharks to detect them, they hunt for food and socialize at night. During the day, they rest in sheltered . . . 

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It’s National Voter Registration Day: Here’s why your vote matters for animals

By on September 28, 2021 with 1 Comment
It’s National Voter Registration Day: Here’s why your vote matters for animals

Our mission is to end suffering for all animals, and this so often centers around boosting the public policy work of the humane movement. That’s why we encourage supporters to advocate for animal protection legislation and related proposals by contacting their elected officials and becoming . . . 

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Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

By on September 22, 2021 with 4 Comments
Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

Wolves in the Northern Rockies may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week, largely because of extreme wolf-killing laws recently passed in Idaho and Montana. The agency’s decision comes in response to a legal petition . . . 

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