Companion Animals

California and Florida cast crucial votes tomorrow on farm animals, greyhounds

California and Florida cast crucial votes tomorrow on farm animals, greyhounds

Tomorrow, citizens in California and Florida will vote on critical animal protection measures with profound and lasting implications for humane work. In California, a virtual army of Humane Society of the United States staff members and volunteers are making the case for a ballot measure . . . 

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All treats, no tricks for sanctuary and rehabilitation center residents

All treats, no tricks for sanctuary and rehabilitation center residents

With Halloween upon us, the residents of wildlife sanctuaries and animal rehabilitation centers associated with the Humane Society of the United States and our affiliates are busy trick or treating. They are snacking on peanut butter and nuts stuffed inside pine cones, bringing down pinatas . . . 

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As crucial Florida greyhound vote looms, Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson support Amendment 13

As crucial Florida greyhound vote looms, Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson support Amendment 13

Greyhound racing is a bleak and sordid enterprise for the animals. The dogs are confined 20-23 hours a day in stacked, warehouse-style metal cages barely large enough for them to turn around in, and death rates on the tracks are high. In Florida alone, one . . . 

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USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses

USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses

In early 2017, with a new administration in office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture deleted its online public database containing thousands of pages of records that the public and animal protection groups depended on to monitor Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act violations. These . . . 

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Post Hurricane Michael, HSUS Animal Rescue Team helping move hundreds of animals

Post Hurricane Michael, HSUS Animal Rescue Team helping move hundreds of animals

Our Animal Rescue Team is on the ground in parts of Florida that were ravaged by Hurricane Michael. We are coordinating the movement of adoptable dogs and cats out of shelters affected by the storm and to shelters in other parts of the country, making . . . 

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As monster storm Michael roars toward Florida, the HSUS offers emergency tips, prepares to help with rescue and relief

As monster storm Michael roars toward Florida, the HSUS offers emergency tips, prepares to help with rescue and relief

As Hurricane Michael barrels into Florida, having turned overnight into a category 4 storm, our Animal Rescue Team has been reaching out to shelter partners and allies, as well as emergency management officials, to encourage them to move unowned shelter animals out of harm’s way . . . 

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Celebrating the human-animal bond at the Blessing of the Animals

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Celebrating the human-animal bond at the Blessing of the Animals

Several years ago, I was invited to speak at the Blessing of the Animals on World Animal Day at the Washington National Cathedral. After the talk, what came next was by far the best part of the event. Walking out into the courtyard, it was . . . 

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Delta, Congress move to improve airline travel for pets

Delta, Congress move to improve airline travel for pets

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last year, many residents were faced with a choice they should never have to make: fly to safety while leaving their pets behind to face the storm alone, or stay home and risk their own — and their pets’ . . . 

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200 more dogs break free of the misery of a Korean dog meat farm

200 more dogs break free of the misery of a Korean dog meat farm

When our Humane Society International team first saw the Belgian Malinois, he was sitting forlornly in a cage only slightly larger than he, on a Korean dog meat farm. Dogs belonging to this breed are prized by police departments and the military for their natural . . . 

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Ohio’s new puppy mills law, one of the strongest in nation, takes effect today

Ohio’s new puppy mills law, one of the strongest in nation, takes effect today

Starting today, commercial breeders in Ohio can no longer cram dogs into cages that are stacked on top of each other and deprive animals of basic necessities, like space to move, exercise and access to veterinary care. A pathbreaking new law that goes into effect . . . 

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Rescuers wade through floods to pull out stranded animals in the Carolinas

Rescuers wade through floods to pull out stranded animals in the Carolinas

Yesterday, emergency officials in Horry County, South Carolina, which has been bracing for record flooding following Hurricane Florence, received a call from a couple with 12 cats. Their home was surrounded by rapidly rising waters, and they didn’t want to evacuate without making sure their . . . 

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India mandates new regulations to stop animal cruelty and neglect by pet stores

India mandates new regulations to stop animal cruelty and neglect by pet stores

India has seen a boom in pet ownership in recent years, and there has been a corresponding increase in the number of pet stores doing brisk business by selling puppies. Unfortunately, the boom comes with a downside for the animals caught up in this trade. . . . 

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