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Animal rescue

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team works with law enforcement to investigate and assist with large-scale cruelty cases. Every year we rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, natural disasters and other situations where animals suffer from life-threatening cruelty and neglect. We are sometimes able to help local groups take on major cases. 

  • How prepared for disaster are you?

    When I sat down at my computer to write about how shelters need to be prepared for crisis, I could hear reports breaking on CNN about the historic flooding in the state of Louisiana. Of course, I quickly grew distracted and numb watching the devastating images onscreen. Reports of thousands of people rescued—and concerns of animal shelters under water. Even more news of people leaving pets behind and shelters unable to evacuate because of a lack of resources. How could this be? I thought we’d come so far!

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  • Disaster FAQ

    What shelters and rescues need to know about the Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, as well as the wildfires in Oregon and Montana.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Animal rescue

  • Magazine Article

    The dark side of the coop

    For shelters and rescues taking in chickens, the quest for backyard eggs isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

    "We have three chickens,” reads the email, one of many that routinely land in Mary Britton Clouse’s inbox. “Somehow they all got frostbitten when they were a couple months old. One is missing every claw, one is missing feet, and [one] is missing feet and shanks. We were wondering if you guys could take them in.”

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  • Magazine Article

    True grit

    Working menial jobs at factory farms, puppy mills and other abusive businesses, undercover investigators document cruelties that are hidden from most of the world.

    Undercover investigators confront the challenges of a life in the shadows

    Many animal advocates dream of working as an undercover investigator: on the front lines, exposing hidden abuses and fomenting reform. It's vital work, and the payoffs for animals can be huge. But not everyone has what it takes to do this physically demanding and emotionally draining job, and no one expects to survive in the field long term. Current and past investigators describe the highs and lows of a life undercover—and the personal sacrifices they made along the way.

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  • Magazine Article

    For Skylar, no limits

    Skylar was covered in burns when she arrived at the Virginia Beach SPCA, but that didn’t stop her from loving everyone she met.

    Chemical burns didn’t stop Skylar from wiggling her way into people’s hearts.

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