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Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States. 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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  • Magazine Article

    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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  • Magazine Article

    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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