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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

    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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  • Magazine Article

    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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  • Magazine Article

    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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