Companion Animals

Puerto Rico sets the stage for long-term veterinary support, as HSUS programs to help underserved communities thrive

Puerto Rico sets the stage for long-term veterinary support, as HSUS programs to help underserved communities thrive

The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates have been pressing hard and with steady success to reduce companion animal overpopulation since the 1970s. Lately, we’ve done so with a special focus on underserved communities and constituencies through our Rural Area Veterinary Services, . . . 

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Virtually the best conference ever: registration open for Taking Action for Animals Online 2020

Virtually the best conference ever: registration open for Taking Action for Animals Online 2020

The fundamental purpose of our marquee advocacy training event, Taking Action for Animals Online, occurring on September 19 and 20, is to support greater political and social engagement by those who care about animals. COVID-19 hasn’t changed a thing in that regard, and TAFA 2020 . . . 

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Risk of coronavirus among pets remains low, health officials say

By on July 30, 2020 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Risk of coronavirus among pets remains low, health officials say

We received the sad news today that Buddy, the first dog in the United States known to have contracted the novel coronavirus, passed away on July 11. We share in the grief Buddy’s family is no doubt feeling over the loss of their beloved companion . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. House approves key animal reforms, including combating wildlife trafficking, preventing cruel hunting practices and enforcing animal cruelty laws

Breaking news: U.S. House approves key animal reforms, including combating wildlife trafficking, preventing cruel hunting practices and enforcing animal cruelty laws

The U.S. House today approved many key animal protection reforms, including measures designed to rein in horse soring, combat wildlife trafficking and help enforce animal cruelty laws, as part of Congress’s annual appropriations process. Members also prohibited the use of federal funds for implementing cruel . . . 

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More than 100 dogs rescued from Korean dog meat farms arrive in the U.S. for adoption

More than 100 dogs rescued from Korean dog meat farms arrive in the U.S. for adoption

When Winkie, a Boston terrier, landed at Dulles airport in Virginia last week, he had a life filled with hope to look forward to: something he’d never had before. Humane Society International rescuers found Winkie earlier this year on a South Korean dog meat farm. . . . 

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Pup paralyzed after brutal beating demonstrates urgency for Iowa to make animal torture a felony

Pup paralyzed after brutal beating demonstrates urgency for Iowa to make animal torture a felony

Earlier this month, Drax, a four-month-old puppy, was rushed to an Iowa emergency room with what appeared to be intense pain and paralysis in his rear legs. Drax’s owner, Thomas Hand, had been seen by witnesses beating and throwing the pup around. When the veterinarians . . . 

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South Carolina pet owners sue Petland for selling them sick puppies

South Carolina pet owners sue Petland for selling them sick puppies

Newlyweds Megan and Tim Madden were looking to grow their family when they saw a soft-coated wheaten terrier in one of Petland’s targeted Instagram advertisements. It was love at first sight. But when the Maddens met the dog—who they later named Chewie—at the store, they . . . 

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Breaking: HSUS/HSLF report identifies key U.S. policy changes needed to avoid another pandemic

Breaking: HSUS/HSLF report identifies key U.S. policy changes needed to avoid another pandemic

Recently, the United Nations identified some of the top drivers of zoonotic diseases, like COVID-19, that spread from animals to humans. Not surprisingly, the top three factors specified align exactly with issues the Humane Society family of organizations named in May in our own global . . . 

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Mississippi passes bill making animal torture an automatic felony; Iowa is now the only outlier in nation

Mississippi passes bill making animal torture an automatic felony; Iowa is now the only outlier in nation

We have good news to share from Mississippi and Iowa, the only two states in the nation without a law on the books that would make acts of animal torture, like burning, drowning and intentional starvation, an automatic felony. Recently, Mississippi’s state legislature passed a . . . 

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Breaking news: Nation’s top science panel recommends VA should stop most research on dogs

Breaking news: Nation’s top science panel recommends VA should stop most research on dogs

Three years ago, Americans were stunned to learn that puppies and adult dogs were being subjected to gruesome surgeries, induced heart attacks and other invasive procedures, and then being euthanized, as part of taxpayer-funded medical experiments being carried out at the McGuire Medical Center in . . . 

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HSI brings much-needed food, medical help to companion animals affected by pandemic around the world

HSI brings much-needed food, medical help to companion animals affected by pandemic around the world

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on companion animals around the world. Shelters and rescues in many countries are seeing an increase in abandoned dogs and cats or have had to remove animals from homes and localities where people have become sick or . . . 

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Tragedy highlights Canada’s puppy mills problem

Tragedy highlights Canada’s puppy mills problem

A tragic story from Canada underscores the vast, global scale of the puppy mill problem, and how important it is that we root it out wherever it exists. On June 13th, a Ukraine International Airlines flight carrying approximately 500 puppies, including at least 200 French . . . 

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