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  • To Market, To Market, To Buy a Sick Dog

    In site of recent federal regulations cracking down on Internet puppy sales, many puppy mill owners aren't giving up so easily, taking advantage of a loophole that allows direct, in-person sales of the often sick and neglected dogs. An HSUS investigation has uncovered a worrisome venue for puppy millers--local flea markets, which have long gone unwatched and unregulated.

  • For Exotic Cats, a Happier Home

    A sanctuary in Tampa, Florida offers abandoned and abused exotic cats a new life.

  • Solid Bonds

    Learn how animal welfare organizations are pushing for bonding and forfeiture laws to help them cope with cruelty cases that often stretch a shelter's resources and drain its operating budget.

  • Can't Judge a Bull by the Cover

    When Maryland’s highest court declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous" in 2012, the ruling demonstrated the numerous problems with breed-specific legislation and policies.

  • Matters of Life, Death, and Responsibility

    Here are guidelines for how pet owners can plan for the possibility that their pets will outlive them, and recommendations for what you can do to encourage them to take this important step.

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