Companion Animals

Slow pace of state and federal inspections during pandemic makes things worse for dogs in puppy mills

Slow pace of state and federal inspections during pandemic makes things worse for dogs in puppy mills

State and federal inspections of puppy mills have been scaled back or, in some cases, have ground to a halt during the pandemic. As a result, dogs in these operations have been left without the most basic protections under the law. This is even more . . . 

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California Senate committee advances bill to prohibit certain toxicity tests on dogs. HSUS poll shows most residents support outlawing such tests

California Senate committee advances bill to prohibit certain toxicity tests on dogs. HSUS poll shows most residents support outlawing such tests

As a bill to outlaw chemical tests on dogs that are not required by law advances in California, we are releasing a new poll today that shows overwhelming support among the state’s residents for ending such procedures. The poll, commissioned by the Humane Society of . . . 

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Korean musician who adopted meat farm dog works to change misconceptions in her country

Korean musician who adopted meat farm dog works to change misconceptions in her country

Perceptions in South Korea about dog meat are changing, with more Koreans than ever before supporting a ban on it. But some within the country continue to believe that “meat” dogs are somehow different from “pet dogs” and therefore not adoptable. Humane Society International is . . . 

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Pets for Life and RAVS bring lifesaving support to pets and their people during pandemic

By on March 17, 2021 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Pets for Life and RAVS bring lifesaving support to pets and their people during pandemic

The pandemic has hit so many Americans so hard. Among them is Liliana, a single mother in Los Angeles who lost her job as a seamstress in March. She couldn’t find employment despite her best efforts and then, to make matters worse, she became sick with . . . 

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Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing. More cities, states consider ending the harmful practice

Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing. More cities, states consider ending the harmful practice

Cat declawing – the practice of surgically removing a cat’s claws — is a cruel procedure that can be likened to having the last bone of each of your toes amputated. It is unnecessary because there are more humane ways to keep cats from scratching . . . 

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Some Iowa lawmakers push a bad bill to benefit puppy mills, roadside zoos

Some Iowa lawmakers push a bad bill to benefit puppy mills, roadside zoos

A dangerous bill in Iowa threatens to undo decades of progress for animals in the state, including dogs suffering in puppy mills and wild animals in traveling exhibits. The bill, SF 483, introduced by Sen. Dan Zumbach, ostensibly seeks to prevent cities and counties from . . . 

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A valentine for our companion animals who teach us so much about love

By on February 12, 2021 in Companion Animals with 4 Comments
A valentine for our companion animals who teach us so much about love

Although many years have passed, I can’t help but think of Dolly on Valentine’s Day. She was my first dog, and the very embodiment of unconditional love. I was a toddler when my parents brought her home, a golden retriever puppy with the softest eyes . . . 

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A meat farm dog’s journey from horror to hope

A meat farm dog’s journey from horror to hope

When our responders rescue dogs from Korea’s dog meat farms, they invariably find the animals living in terrible conditions, in barren outdoor cages with no protection from the heat or the intense winters. Food is inadequate and the animals never feel the grass under their . . . 

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More states, including New York, move to end pet store puppy sales

More states, including New York, move to end pet store puppy sales

New York has the dubious distinction of being home to more puppy-selling pet stores than any other state in the nation. This could be about to change as lawmakers there move on legislation that would prohibit all dog, cat and rabbit sales in pet stores. . . . 

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With a second turn at USDA, Tom Vilsack would have an opportunity to continue progress for animals, correct missteps

With a second turn at USDA, Tom Vilsack would have an opportunity to continue progress for animals, correct missteps

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is one of the federal agencies with the most impact on animal protection issues. Who heads it can make all the difference to the wellbeing of millions of animals, including those in puppy mills, roadside zoos, factory farms, laboratories, horse . . . 

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Lawsuit over puppy that would cost $26,000 after interest exposes Petland’s deceptive sales and lending practices

Lawsuit over puppy that would cost $26,000 after interest exposes Petland’s deceptive sales and lending practices

A recent court case in Florida shines the spotlight on the questionable tactics Petland uses to dupe customers and make large profits off the sales of sick puppies—most of whom come from puppy mills. The case involved a Petland store in Plantation, Florida, which sold . . . 

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Greyhound racing has ended in Florida. 49 states say animal torture is a felony. In 2021, we will continue to win more battles for animals on the state and local levels

Greyhound racing has ended in Florida. 49 states say animal torture is a felony. In 2021, we will continue to win more battles for animals on the state and local levels

On Dec. 31, Florida’s greyhound racetracks closed for good as a result of a ballot measure we helped pass with our partner groups in 2018. That win brought down what was once the stronghold of this “sport” and effectively sounded the death knell for greyhound . . . 

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