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Our work

We're dedicated to providing support to your organization as we take on issues together

At The Humane Society of the United States, our goal is to create a world where people and animals thrive, living happy, healthy lives together.

Animal Care Expo and trainings

We help shelter and rescue professionals cultivate the skills they need to help animals and the people who care for them. With training materials, one-day events and even our multi-day Expo, we share skills, knowledge and connections to foster professional development.

  • Expo

    Animal Care Expo is The HSUS's annual conference for animal welfare professionals and volunteers, uniting animal care and sheltering experts and newcomers from around the globe.

  • Trainings

    Check out featured events, search upcoming trainings or simply scan the archives for webinars to sharpen and grow your skills.

  • Rethinking the Cat Symposia

    Cats! This signature symposium series of The Humane Society of the United States provides education on all aspects of the feline world.

  • Humane State trainings

    Training for shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations.

HSUS state resources

Working on the ground at the state level we provide hands-on training for shelter and rescue professionals and other animal welfare organizations. Our Emergency Placement Partners work locally to help rescue abused animals. Our state directors serve as local and regional conduits for animal protection efforts, legislation and on-the-ground networking to effect change.

  • Humane State trainings

    Training for shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations.

  • State directors

    Our state directors are your best points of contact for local and regional issues.

  • Emergency Placement Partners

    Emergency Placement Partners are perhaps the most crucial element in The HSUS's national mission to rescue abused animals.

Working in communities

We're on the front lines in communities across the nation to connect directly to pet owners and animal welfare professionals alike. We're working to provide information, training and resources to both reduce relinquishment rates as well as effectively manage commuity cat populations and their impacts.

  • Pets for Life

    Our Pets for Life (PFL) program works in underserved communities to provide resources to pet owners and ultimately reduce pet relinquishment in these communities.

  • Managing community cats

    Tools, training and information to help reduce cat populations and nuisances, improve welfare, further public health and safety and mitigate the real impact of cats on wildlife.

  • Rethinking the Cat Symposia

    Cats! This signature symposium series of The Humane Society of the United States provides education on all aspects of the feline world.

Advocating humane legislation

We work across issues to advocate for legislation that reduces animal cruelty. We identify specific practices such as dog racing and work to end them. We also work to increase pet retention and adoption by working against breed-specific legislation that targets specific breeds marred by misinformation, as well as work to ensure that pet-friendly designations are truly welcoming for all pets.

  • Ending greyhound racing

    Dog racing is cruel and exploitive. Learn the stats and see what you can do to end dog racing in your community.

  • Combating breed-specific legislation

    Breed-based laws are unjust and ineffective. Find out how you can fight them in your community.

  • Increasing pet friendly housing

    Arbitrary breed and size restrictions in rental housing tear families apart and cause pets to become homeless. Let's put an end to un-"pet-friendly" policies by helping properties welcoming cats and dogs of all breeds and sizes.

Ending animal cruelty

We're working to eliminate direct acts of animal cruelty where individual animals are forced to suffer. We work with law enforcement to rescue abused animals, fight against gas chambers in our nation's shelters and work to eliminate puppy mills, wihich are driven by profit and cause animal suffering.

  • Stopping puppy mills

    Puppy mills contribute to pet overpopulation and cause countless dogs lifetimes of suffering in squalid wire cages. Help us stop this cycle of cruelty.

  • Eliminating gas chambers

    Gas chambers have no place in our nation’s animal shelters.

  • Animal rescue

    The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team works with law enforcement to investigate illegal animal cruelty, targeting the worst cases of animal abuse nationwide.

Increasing adoptions

We provide a vast array of information, toolkits and trainings to broaden and educate on the availabilty of shelter options, expand the universe of potential adopting families and provide shelter and rescue professionals with what they need to effectively manage operations to help more pets and find more forever homes.

  • The Shelter Pet Project

    The nationwide partnership to make adoption the first and best option people think of when they decide to acquire a new pet.

  • Adopters Welcome

    Do you look for ways to deny pets to potential adopters? Place more pets into loving homes faster by changing your perspective.

  • Shelter + Rescue Essentials

    Explore all Animal Sheltering has to offer across a wide range of topics.