Companion Animals

Veterinarians address pet owners’ concerns about the coronavirus

Veterinarians address pet owners’ concerns about the coronavirus

Update: The USDA has announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus infection in a dog (a German shepherd) in New York state. Officials said one of the dog’s owners tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and another showed symptoms prior to . . . 

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HSUS survey shows pet stores do brisk business selling puppy mill dogs during pandemic

By on April 13, 2020 in Companion Animals with 8 Comments
HSUS survey shows pet stores do brisk business selling puppy mill dogs during pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, shelters and rescues have pivoted swiftly to ensure that more animals get adopted and to make space for others in need. I’ve been reporting on this blog about shelters and rescue groups successfully placing animals into loving homes . . . 

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China’s recognition of dogs as companion animals bodes well for its animal welfare future

China’s recognition of dogs as companion animals bodes well for its animal welfare future

There is unprecedented focus on the challenges of animal welfare in China in the wake of COVID -19. The sharpening international scrutiny of its wildlife markets and wildlife trade will shake up animal protection policy in China and around the world. The news that a . . . 

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Coronavirus crisis increases need to help victims of domestic violence and their pets

Coronavirus crisis increases need to help victims of domestic violence and their pets

With hundreds of millions of people required to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the media is reporting an alarming increase in domestic violence incidents the world over. This includes the United States where calls to help lines have jumped dramatically. It is a problem . . . 

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Law enforcement officers step up for animals in the midst of a pandemic

Law enforcement officers step up for animals in the midst of a pandemic

Across the nation, law enforcement officers—despite facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic—are hard at work to ensure that animals who need their help are neither forgotten nor left behind. Since the crisis began, our state directors have reached out to government officials to ensure . . . 

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More localities end puppy mill sales in pet stores, taking total to more than 350

More localities end puppy mill sales in pet stores, taking total to more than 350

The fight to wipe out puppy mills passed a critical milestone this month: more than 350 American localities now ban the sales of puppy mill dogs in pet stores. The latest ordinances were passed by Roselle, New Jersey; Algonquin, Illinois and Carver, Minnesota last week, . . . 

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For participants’ safety, HSUS cancels Animal Care Expo 2020 as coronavirus pandemic continues

By on March 24, 2020 in Companion Animals with 2 Comments
For participants’ safety, HSUS cancels Animal Care Expo 2020 as coronavirus pandemic continues

With the country in the grip of the coronavirus for an indefinite period, we’ve decided to cancel Animal Care Expo 2020, our marquee training and exhibition event for animal welfare professionals, scheduled to be held in San Antonio, Texas, this May. In some respects, it . . . 

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Fosters step up as shelters around the country struggle to cope with coronavirus crisis

Fosters step up as shelters around the country struggle to cope with coronavirus crisis

Cary Smith already cares for six dogs at home, but when she heard a plea from the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue in Fairfax, Virginia, as the coronavirus crisis broke, she knew she just had to step up. “They sent out a plea for fosters to . . . 

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Congress should act fast to protect animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and research labs during coronavirus crisis

Congress should act fast to protect animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and research labs during coronavirus crisis

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, we are asking Congress to act quickly on an important bill that would ensure that millions of animals held in research laboratories and enterprises like puppy mills and roadside zoos across the country are not forgotten. The Providing Responsible Emergency . . . 

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With a crisis unfolding, let’s keep animal protection on the agenda

By on March 17, 2020 in Companion Animals with 4 Comments
With a crisis unfolding, let’s keep animal protection on the agenda

Over the last few days, COVID-19 has dramatically touched all of our lives. Like you, those of us here at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have had to modify our routines and schedules. Children are home from school. Family . . . 

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140+ dogs rescued from alleged neglect begin road to recovery at Florida shelters

140+ dogs rescued from alleged neglect begin road to recovery at Florida shelters

When Misto arrived at the Nassau Humane Society in Florida, he was missing most of his fur and was very thin: a result of the difficult life he had led before his rescue earlier this month. The one-year-old dog had been found living in sordid . . . 

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HSUS fights efforts by states to gag whistleblowers on factory farms, keep puppy mills in business

HSUS fights efforts by states to gag whistleblowers on factory farms, keep puppy mills in business

Right now, as they do every year, our opponents are mobilizing in state legislatures around the country to halt the march forward for animal protection. Even as we have worked with countless stakeholders to win passage of hundreds of bills and local ordinances year after . . . 

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