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  • President's Note

    A word from us

    Seized in a 2009 dogfighting raid, Plum is Anne Sterling’s constant companion and a reminder of the lifesaving power of teamwork.

    In August 2009, the Humane Society of the United States and its in-state shelter partners assisted the Indiana Gaming Commission with the largest dogfighting raid in the state’s history. Law enforcement agents seized 109 dogs from three separate properties, one of which, in a remote wooded area, held over 80 dogs. Their owner had been breeding dogs for fighting since the late 1970s and lived several hours away; he apparently came to the property twice a week to give the dogs food and water.

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  • Back to Basics

    Baby got fat

    Staffers at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., were stunned by “sweet, mellow” Symba’s 35-pound girth, noting that he was “bigger than a lion cub.”

    How shelters and rescues can treat and talk about obese pets

    As a million YouTube videos can attest, everyone loves tubby tabbies and pudgy pooches. But the flip side is that pet obesity poses serious health issues. Animal experts weigh in on how shelters can transform dogs and cats from fat to fit.

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  • Life Preservers

    Romping grounds

    Through playgroup programs, shelters are giving dogs a vital mental and physical break from kennel life.

    Doggy playgroups have a transformative effect on Ohio shelter

    As any trainer will tell you, a tired dog is a good dog. Through daily playgroups, an Ohio shelter is ensuring that there are lots of tired, good dogs for adopters to meet—and experiencing other benefits shelter staff never imagined.

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  • The Human Element

    Protecting the protectors

    Carol Misseldine of the Humane Society of the United States helps staff an emergency shelter for animals displaced by the 2018 wildfires in California.

    Safety protocols for rescues are critical—for both people and animals

    Responders tasked with saving animals from disasters and major cruelty cases make the animals their focus. But who’s protecting the protectors? Proper planning and training can improve the well-being of humans and animals alike.

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  • Unforgettable

    Her days in court

    Lilly Mae helps make court appearances less stressful for children in foster care.

    Rescue dog comforts children at foster care hearings

    Rescue dog Lilly Mae comforts Oregon children during their court appearances.

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  • Mouthpieces

    First, do no harm

    Download this Shareworthy to raise awareness of the correct ways to help baby wildlife

    Download this Shareworthy to raise awareness of the correct ways to help baby wildlife.

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  • Magazine Article

    Clinics in overdrive

    Louisiana shelter puts vaccinations in top gear with drive-through clinics

    Spring 2019

    Here's the scene at a typical community rabies clinic: Pet owners lined up on a sidewalk, dogs barking and pulling on their leashes, cats petrified in their carriers. The animals get their vaccines—and the community gets a valuable public service that helps keep a virus at bay. But for many, the whole thing can feel chaotic, slow-moving and stressful.

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  • Magazine Article

    Hospitality with a wag

    At an Iowa hotel, you can check out anytime you like, but you may leave with a new best friend

    Spring 2019

    Element Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa, prides itself on its relaxing vibe, open-flow guest rooms, sustainability initiatives and, perhaps most of all, its ability to find homes for shelter pups in record time.

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  • Magazine Article

    Smart moves for winning grants

    Foundation funding can take your programs from good to great, but it takes more than a big idea to walk away with the cash

    Spring 2019

    The money is out there, but the competition is fierce. While there are plenty of foundations making grants available to animal welfare groups, you need more than good intentions (or dumb luck) to tap into this funding source.

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  • Magazine Article

    Helping hands across the island

    In a huge collaborative effort, an HSUS-led coalition brings veterinary services to the pets of Puerto Rico

    Spring 2019

    The pet owners of Puerto Rico have welcomed Spayathon™ with open arms, arriving early and waiting for hours to get their animals sterilized and vaccinated. The unprecedented initiative, spearheaded by the Humane Society of the United States, has serviced thousands of pets and produced nearly as many heartwarming stories.

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  • Magazine Article

    Baby got fat

    How shelters and rescues can treat and talk about obese pets

    Spring 2019

    As a million YouTube videos can attest, everyone loves tubby tabbies and pudgy pooches. But the flip side is that pet obesity poses serious health issues. Animal experts weigh in on how shelters can transform dogs and cats from fat to fit.

    Read More

  • Magazine Article

    Romping grounds

    Doggy playgroups have a transformative effect on Ohio shelter

    Spring 2019

    As any trainer will tell you, a tired dog is a good dog. Through daily playgroups, an Ohio shelter is ensuring that there are lots of tired, good dogs for adopters to meet—and experiencing other benefits shelter staff never imagined.

    Read More