Companion Animals

Breaking news: Federal horse racing reform sprints ahead with key House committee vote

Breaking news: Federal horse racing reform sprints ahead with key House committee vote

Legislation to reform horse racing is in full gallop in Congress, with bipartisan members of the House and Senate joining forces to end the reckless drugging of horses and improve the safety of the tracks on which they run. The House Energy and Commerce Committee . . . 

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Creating a humane legacy for animals

By on September 2, 2020 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Creating a humane legacy for animals

Just about every one of us who comes into this work has the same question in mind: “What can I do to make a difference?” In the end it’s something that we each have to answer for ourselves. But there is no shortage of good . . . 

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Skeletal Weimaraner rescued from puppy mill begins her journey of hope with 30 other dogs

Skeletal Weimaraner rescued from puppy mill begins her journey of hope with 30 other dogs

Wednesday was freedom day for Pearl, the Weimaraner rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill, whose emaciated condition after her rescue, with every rib in her body showing, shocked so many of you when we first featured her on this blog. Last week we shared . . . 

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North Carolina puppy miller who headlined our Horrible Hundred report convicted of animal cruelty

North Carolina puppy miller who headlined our Horrible Hundred report convicted of animal cruelty

In March, I shared with you this photo of a dog who was rescued from a puppy mill in Caldwell County, North Carolina, along with more than 30 others. This week, the breeder responsible for her condition pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced . . . 

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Former Petland manager pleads guilty to animal cruelty, faces jail time following HSUS investigation

Former Petland manager pleads guilty to animal cruelty, faces jail time following HSUS investigation

The former manager of a now-closed Petland store in Fairfax County, Virginia, where our undercover investigation revealed a pile of dead rabbits in the freezer and a shocking lack of veterinary care, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and three other charges of failing to . . . 

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This dog’s a survivor!

This dog’s a survivor!

Riptide the dog is a survivor. His story speaks of the worst of humanity, and the best. And his resilience says volumes about the animals we have sworn to help, protect and defend, wherever and however they may be suffering. Whatever we can do for . . . 

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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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