Animal Rescue and Care
Enduring Challenges, Quantum Progress Through First Three Quarters
The HSUS and its affiliates drive transformational change for animals. We don’t measure our success based on how many press releases we issue, bills we sponsor, or policy papers we write. We measure our success based on animals rescued from distress, corporations that change their policies . . .
Talking to Main Street Mainers About Bear Baiting
On Tuesday, I was canvassing with Question 1 supporters in Augusta, Maine, and today I am door-knocking in Waterville, another central Maine community. Last night I was with our state director, Katie Hansberry, in Caribou and Presque Isle, small towns in the far north and east . . .
N.C. Puppy Mill Rescue Highlights Deception, Dangers of Internet Sales of Dogs, Cats
As our animal rescue team entered a trash- and feces-filled house last Friday to rescue more than 50 dogs and cats from an Internet pet seller in Rutherford County, N.C., they nearly stumbled over a kitten. The tiny Himalayan was weaving her way between their . . .
USDA Stumbles in Naming Puppy Mill Defender to Key Animal Welfare Post
In a puzzling and contradictory move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed an outspoken anti-animal-welfare advocate to a post that will exert influence on enforcement of federal laws related to puppy mills. Julian Prager, an official with two anti-animal-welfare groups and an opponent . . .
Big News: FBI to Start Tracking Animal Cruelty Cases
Cruelty to animals will get its own category in federal crime reports for the first time. I got that word yesterday from John Thompson, my friend at the National Sheriffs’ Association, who told me that Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey has signed off . . .
Jonas (Minus the) Brothers
For 29 years, Jonas was denied a decent existence. This rhesus macaque was born into the captive wildlife trade here in the United States and was passed around from owner to owner. Instead of swinging from trees in the forests of Asia where rhesus monkeys . . .
Dog Days of Summer – Fall, Winter and Spring
It’s National Dog Day, and there are countless reasons to celebrate the remarkable relationship so many of us have with our canine friends. My beagle rescue Lily joined me for today’s video blog, but, as you’ll see, she was drowsy and decided to let me carry . . .
Dog Meat Transport Trucks in China Intercepted, Evacuated
I’ve got a dog rescue story out of China that will warm your heart – and also demonstrate that the cause of animal protection is gaining traction in the biggest nation in the world. Volunteers and activists in China pulled over five trucks and rescued . . .
Not Mute on Malamute Cruelty
Montana’s Supreme Court this week upheld the conviction of Mike Chilinski, an American Kennel Club-inspected breeder who subjected more than 160 malamute dogs to terror, abuse and starvation before they were rescued by The HSUS, law enforcement and a local animal shelter in 2011. The . . .
Red Nor Blue: United We Stand for Dogs and Cats
Are we a cat nation or a dog nation? It’s, of course, more of a mixed situation, with a good number of households, like mine, having representatives from both camps. But as The Washington Post reports, there are some geographic variances at work in our . . .
Prejudice and Pit Bulls
Dogs have a great capacity to forgive and forget. It’s a characteristic on display in so many cases where dogs have been dealt a terrible blow or bad hand from callous people. Despite their experiences, animals who’ve known only hardship so often come to trust again in . . .
The True Cost of the Doggie in the Window
Every year, 40,000 homeless dogs pass through the doors of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, the most populous county in Arizona. That’s more than 3,330 dogs a month and almost 110 dogs each day. The influx of Chihuahuas and Chi mixes alone is so . . .