Companion Animals

How you can help your local animal shelter or rescue this holiday season

How you can help your local animal shelter or rescue this holiday season

Earlier this year, we completed the largest transport of dogs we’ve ever undertaken. (You probably remember the Beaglemania that ensued after a court approved the transfer of 3,776 beagles from a breeding facility that supplied dogs to animal testing laboratories.) It took us 58 days, . . . 

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Emaciated puppies, a dead kitten and other horrific violations uncovered at Petland stores

By on November 17, 2022 in Companion Animals, Investigations with 6 Comments
Emaciated puppies, a dead kitten and other horrific violations uncovered at Petland stores

As the holiday season approaches, now is an important time to remind your friends and family not to support pet stores that sell puppies and kittens. Not only can this spare them a lot of heartache, but it can also help change a system that . . . 

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Lawsuit seeks justice for family who purchased sick puppy from Texas Petland

By on November 4, 2022 in Companion Animals with 8 Comments
Lawsuit seeks justice for family who purchased sick puppy from Texas Petland

UPDATE 11/22/22: The lawsuit has been amended with another complainant who claims she was sold a sick puppy by Petland Webster. Additional claims may be added to the lawsuit in the coming weeks if more potential plaintiffs come forward. When Stephanie Gonzalez and her 7-year-old . . . 

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This mama dog’s story is why we do the work we do to stop puppy mills

By on October 27, 2022 in Companion Animals with 5 Comments
This mama dog’s story is why we do the work we do to stop puppy mills

Breeding dogs at puppy mills rarely get to retire. Most of the mother dogs are considered spent at just 6 years old because they can no longer reliably produce litters. They’re only halfway through their lives, and if given a chance, they could live into . . . 

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Positive progress! 18 Horrible Hundred puppy mills have shut down this year

Positive progress! 18 Horrible Hundred puppy mills have shut down this year

When sheriff’s office deputies entered Tree of Life Kennels in Sumner County, Kansas, last month they were shocked at what they saw—and smelled. Dozens of dogs, including golden retrievers, French bulldogs, terriers and other breeds, were found in filthy and decrepit living conditions, many of . . . 

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Undercover visits to Kansas Petland stores reveal deceptive claims about puppy mill dogs

By on October 4, 2022 in Companion Animals with 4 Comments
Undercover visits to Kansas Petland stores reveal deceptive claims about puppy mill dogs

If you walk into any Petland store and ask about buying a puppy, it’s likely your salesperson will assure you that Petland’s puppies come only from high-quality breeders who don’t keep their dogs in small cages, stand among “the top 5% of breeders” in the . . . 

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We’ve just assisted in the rescue of 275 dogs from what might be the largest sting of an alleged dogfighting operation in South Carolina’s history

We’ve just assisted in the rescue of 275 dogs from what might be the largest sting of an alleged dogfighting operation in South Carolina’s history

Yesterday, we assisted federal and state law enforcement officers as they executed nearly two dozen search and seizure warrants at multiple properties in South Carolina in what is believed to be the biggest takedown of a suspected dogfighting network in the state’s history. When the . . . 

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A year after leaving the puppy mill, Rosie’s past still lingers 

By on September 15, 2022 in Companion Animals with 11 Comments
A year after leaving the puppy mill, Rosie’s past still lingers 

Last December, we helped rescue three puppies who were surrendered by the American Kennels pet store in New York City in the wake of our undercover investigation. The investigation revealed that sick puppies were left to suffer or even die in the store and that . . . 

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How street dogs in Vadodara received the help they needed

How street dogs in Vadodara received the help they needed

On a bustling street in the city of Vadodara, India, a young local resident is pointing out dogs wandering among the traffic. She is with three animal care officers from Humane Society International/India, who are playing with the dogs, feeding them some treats and then . . . 

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New law aims to ensure that no family must choose between their pet and their home

New law aims to ensure that no family must choose between their pet and their home

Throughout the country, millions of people are experiencing a devastating housing crisis—and people with pets face special hardships when searching for a place to live. It’s still far too common that some rental properties have arbitrary restrictions about the allowed breeds or weight of companion . . . 

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How our shelter and rescue partners are essential to our work for animals

How our shelter and rescue partners are essential to our work for animals

Last week, we completed the massive accomplishment of placing nearly 4,000 beagles with animal shelters and rescues across the country, where they can begin a new chapter of their lives: becoming beloved family members. The operation to remove these beagles from a breeding facility in . . . 

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Breaking: Last beagle of thousands spared from testing arrives at our care center

Breaking: Last beagle of thousands spared from testing arrives at our care center

It wasn’t long ago that I witnessed the first van full of beagles arrive at our care and rehabilitation center in Maryland. On July 21, I was on hand to help welcome these dogs into a new and beautiful chapter of their lives, and I . . . 

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