Companion Animals

Breaking news: USDA proposes rule to crack down on worst puppy mills and roadside zoos; require veterinary care for dogs

Breaking news: USDA proposes rule to crack down on worst puppy mills and roadside zoos; require veterinary care for dogs

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. Department of Agriculture today proposed a new rule to close a loophole in the law that allows puppy breeders and roadside zoo exhibitors whose licenses have been revoked for severe and multiple Animal Welfare Act violations to . . . 

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Celebrity PSAs highlight bond with adopted pets; New Ohio law designates a shelter pet as official state pet

Celebrity PSAs highlight bond with adopted pets; New Ohio law designates a shelter pet as official state pet

Each year, millions of homeless pets enter U.S. shelters and approximately two million dogs and cats are euthanized. This is a huge improvement since the 1970s when it was closer to 15 million, but it’s still too many. That’s why ending pet homelessness is a . . . 

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Victory: Dow AgroSciences ends pesticide test on beagles following HSUS undercover investigation

Victory: Dow AgroSciences ends pesticide test on beagles following HSUS undercover investigation

Testing on 36 beagles at a Michigan animal testing lab has ended. Following the release of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States last week, Dow AgroSciences (Corteva AgriScience) today announced that it has ended a one-year pesticide test on the . . . 

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Finding a home for Buster: How the HSUS works with shelter and rescue partners to help animals after disasters

Finding a home for Buster: How the HSUS works with shelter and rescue partners to help animals after disasters

The Humane Society of the United States steps in swiftly when called upon to help animals in the aftermath of major disasters, natural and man-made. But even in a situation in which we’re working to help transport and rescue hundreds of animals, we never lose . . . 

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HSUS undercover investigation shows beagles being poisoned with pesticides and drugs, killed at animal testing lab

HSUS undercover investigation shows beagles being poisoned with pesticides and drugs, killed at animal testing lab

It’s the kind of video no dog lover would ever wish to see, but we are releasing it today because it’s important for you to know just what goes on at laboratories across the United States where dogs are poisoned – and killed – for . . . 

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HSUS Animal Rescue Team deploys in tornado-hit Alabama to help local shelters, transport dogs

HSUS Animal Rescue Team deploys in tornado-hit Alabama to help local shelters, transport dogs

As Alabama recovers from a blitz of devastating tornadoes, the Humane Society of the United States is on the ground in Lee and Barbour Counties. Staff responders are coordinating efforts to empty local shelters of unowned, adoptable animals so that these agencies and organizations can . . . 

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MASH-style clinics bring lifesaving services to pets on U.S. reservations

MASH-style clinics bring lifesaving services to pets on U.S. reservations

When Brown Puppy’s family brought him into the Rural Area Veterinary Services clinic in San Carlos, Arizona, he was suffering from a bad head wound. Another dog had bitten him, and Brown Puppy’s head was so swollen that he could not lift it. His eyes . . . 

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USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors documented 60 percent fewer violations at facilities that use animals in 2018 compared to 2017. The drop, reported by the Washington Post this week and also documented by our researchers here at the Humane Society of the United States, is . . . 

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At one-of-a-kind animal shelter in Louisiana, prison inmates bond with dogs rescued from Korea’s meat trade

At one-of-a-kind animal shelter in Louisiana, prison inmates bond with dogs rescued from Korea’s meat trade

Last month, 10 dogs rescued by our Humane Society International responders from a Korean dog meat farm arrived at a special animal shelter near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pen Pals, Inc. is housed at the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, and it is the only prison-based . . . 

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Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

On a recent cold and rainy Friday, Victoria, a striking 11-year-old German Shepherd, sat in a wagon, draped in a purple blanket, outside the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Victoria’s story was a telling one: she was a puppy mill breeding . . . 

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From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs

From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs

In January, our Humane Society International/India team learned about eight puppies who were stuck in tar in the town of Tirur in the south Indian state of Kerala. The puppies, as you can see in the video below, were completely covered in the sticky black . . . 

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Bill in Congress will require puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses to have emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

Bill in Congress will require puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses to have emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Weather-related disasters such as floods and wildfires are occurring more frequently and with increasing intensity across the United States. While there is a federal law that requires state and local authorities to consider household pets and service animals in . . . 

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