Companion Animals

Paragon or victim? Thor the bulldog’s win in national dog show focuses spotlight on suffering of flat-faced dogs

By on December 4, 2019 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Paragon or victim? Thor the bulldog’s win in national dog show focuses spotlight on suffering of flat-faced dogs

On Thanksgiving Day, with an estimated 20 million viewers watching, Thor the bulldog was handpicked from a crowded field of 196 breeds and crowned Best in Show at the 2019 National Dog Show. “With his adorable waddle and Winston Churchill looks, the dog won over . . . 

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On Giving Tuesday, support our work for animals like Pepper, Mariah, Jonas and Storm

On Giving Tuesday, support our work for animals like Pepper, Mariah, Jonas and Storm

Each year, the heroes of our Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International Animal Rescue Teams wade into the worst possible situations to pull out animals who are living without hope. Today, on Giving Tuesday, I want to highlight the stories of . . . 

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Giving thanks for animals

By on November 27, 2019 in Companion Animals with 3 Comments
Giving thanks for animals

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all of the wonderful people — family members and friends — who share our lives, and also for the animals who are so important to us. At the Humane Society of the United States, where we have . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: President Trump signs PACT Act; law will crack down on some of the worst animal cruelty crimes

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump signs PACT Act; law will crack down on some of the worst animal cruelty crimes

Starting today, those who commit the most extreme acts of cruelty against animals will face severe federal penalties. President Trump has just signed into law the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act that authorizes the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute . . . 

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On our 65th anniversary, a salute to our founders

On our 65th anniversary, a salute to our founders

Sixty-five years ago, four animal advocates, determined to fill “a great vacuum, at the national level, in American humane work,” came together in a Denver living room to found a new organization with a bold vision, a broad reach and a principled commitment to making . . . 

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USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records on puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses

USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records on puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to permanently conceal crucial animal welfare records, including inspection reports and enforcement records of puppy mills and horse shows where Tennessee walking horses and other related breeds are vulnerable to the heinous practice of soring. Last month, the agency . . . 

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Latest HSUS investigation shows Petland store in Florence, KY, selling sick puppies

Latest HSUS investigation shows Petland store in Florence, KY, selling sick puppies

Our latest investigation reveals shocking and deceptive tactics used by a corporate-run Petland store to sell a sick puppy to a shopper working on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, and to keep customers in the dark about other disease outbreaks among . . . 

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Pets and their people line up by the thousands at Spayathon for Puerto Rico

By on November 7, 2019 in Companion Animals with 4 Comments
Pets and their people line up by the thousands at Spayathon for Puerto Rico

Round 5 of SpayathonTM for Puerto Rico, a strategic initiative that aims to reduce pet overpopulation on the island, concludes today. As always, it’s been a joyful but incredibly busy time for our staff and volunteers who are working round the clock at seven clinics . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: PACT Act passes U.S. Senate two weeks after clearing House; Bill now awaits Trump’s signature

BREAKING NEWS: PACT Act passes U.S. Senate two weeks after clearing House; Bill now awaits Trump’s signature

A long-awaited law that would make some of the most brutal acts of animal cruelty federal felonies is just one signature away from becoming reality. The U.S. Senate moments ago unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, a bill that will make . . . 

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20,000 shelter pets adopted through HSUS pet store conversion program

20,000 shelter pets adopted through HSUS pet store conversion program

One of the ways we are boosting animal adoptions from shelters, steadily reducing the population of homeless animals in the United States, and striking a blow against puppy mills is through our Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores Program. As part of this initiative, we work with pet . . . 

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Seoul, South Korea’s capital city, ends all dog slaughter

Seoul, South Korea’s capital city, ends all dog slaughter

South Korea moved one crucial step closer to condemning its dog meat trade to history this week, with the last three dog meat shops in Seoul agreeing to stop all slaughter for dog meat within the capital city. “We will maintain the city as a . . . 

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Rescuers pulling out around 150 cats and other animals from alleged neglect situation in Pennsylvania

Rescuers pulling out around 150 cats and other animals from alleged neglect situation in Pennsylvania

It could have been the setting of an eerie movie that our Humane Society of the United States rescuers and law enforcement officers walked into this cool fall morning. The location was Washington County, Pennsylvania, and they were responding to an alleged large-scale animal neglect . . . 

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