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Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States. Pacelle took office June 1, 2004, after serving for nearly 10 years as the organization's chief lobbyist and spokesperson. Under Pacelle's leadership, The HSUS has been approved by the Better Business Bureau for all 20 standards for charity accountability, voted by Guidestar's Philanthropedia experts as the #1 high-impact animal protection group, named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities, and is ranked in the top 10 for nonprofit brands. 

 

 

Content by Wayne Pacelle

  • Magazine Article

    Shining a light on puppy mills

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily.

    The HSUS’s annual Horrible Hundred reports, based on federal and state inspections of commercial animal breeders, provide a window into some of the nation’s most retrograde puppy mills. 

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    Standing together for animals

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily.

    There’s been so much tangible progress for animals in recent years—national euthanasia numbers continuing to decline, felony-level penalties for malicious cruelty enacted in every state, and major food retailers pledging to phase out purchasing animal products from farms that use extreme confinement systems.

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    Forging a way forward

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily

    In November, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura adopted a puppy from the SPCA of Texas. In a Facebook post announcing the arrival of Freddy Bush, the 43rd president advocated for adoption: “If you could use a little extra joy in your life, consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group.”

    The inclination of the Bushes to identify themselves with our cause was gratifying, and their compassion was a reminder of how deeply ingrained the love of animals is for countless Americans.

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    Tapping our collective spirit

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily

    At The HSUS, our mission is to help all animals. It’s a life calling for me and for my colleagues, who are stirred to act whenever there’s a crisis for animals.

    But with a dizzying array of challenging animal problems confronting us here and around the globe, it’s not a cause that can succeed with only a limited pool of supporters. Success requires a mass movement—an ensemble cast of characters putting their distinct talents and networks to work for the larger good.

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    Better days for lab animals—and for science

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily

    When I adopted my dog Lily—a mixed breed whose beagle ears, yowl and temperament dominate the package—the veterinarian working with the rescue group put her age at perhaps 4 or 5. Since then, my wife Lisa and I have often wondered about the pain and suffering she may have experienced before we knew her, since her behavior frequently suggests past traumas. For a variety of reasons, we suspect she was a puppy mill dog, or a discarded hunting dog.

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    Called to account

    In December, HSUS staff specialists, working with the sheriff’s office in Adams County, Ohio, stepped onto a property and into a mess created by a group once registered as a nonprofit animal sanctuary. There, our rescue workers found 166 dogs and cats in pens, on chains, inside crates. Some were emaciated; some had untreated wounds, severe eye and ear infections and mange. Dozens of deer carcasses littered the grounds, and dogs scavenged on the decomposing remains. The fetid air that hung over the property, redolent of death and waste, made the rescuers gag.

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