rescue. reunite. rehome. rethink.

At The Humane Society of the United States, our goal is to create a world where people and animals thrive, living happy, healthy lives together.

That’s why our Companion Animals team is focusing on four key areas where we can have the biggest impact.

Our focus is driven by the evolving realities for pets in the United States: Shelter intake and euthanasia rates continue to decline, but there are recognized trouble spots.

  • Though awareness of animal homelessness has increased hugely, it’s still the case that only 39 percent of pets came from shelters or rescues. We’re changing that.
  • Cats make up 70 percent of the animals euthanized in shelters, and of the 30-40 million community cats in the U.S., only about 2 percent are sterilized. We’re changing that.
  • Many of the animals surrendered to shelters are given up due to solvable behavior issues or lack of pet-friendly housing. We’re changing that.
  • Millions of Americans live at or below the poverty line, and own some 23 million pets. These are people who care deeply for their animals, but don’t always have the resources or access to services they need. We’re changing that.

We’re changing the world, and you can too. We are dedicated to providing support to your organization as we take on these issues together, and can help you make the greatest impact for pets and people in your community.

Finding Pets Homes 

We’re encouraging shelters and rescues to look for new audiences for adoptions, and create successful adoption experiences by making sure the people who come to you to adopt have an experience they can’t wait to tell others about!

Humanely Managing Cat Populations 

We're promoting best practices and tools for supporting and managing cats in homes, in your shelter, and in the community.

Keeping Pets in their Homes 

We're helping eliminate housing barriers in communities across the country, and sharing information about how to make pet care affordable and accessible to pet owners and potential adopters.

Serving the Underserved 

We’re meeting people where they are, reaching out proactively to close the gap in animal services. We can help you discover how your organization can provide information and resources to the underserved in your community.

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