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Humane Society of the United States - Disaster Relief

Our Animal Rescue Team responds to large-scale emergencies: hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, utility outages and more. Every year with our affiliates, we rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal-fighting operations and natural disasters. We can’t do it without you.

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Why should I support your work?

The Humane Society of the United States Disaster Relief Animal Rescue Team is prepared to answer the call for any large-scale emergencies, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, utility outages and more.Every year with our affiliates, we rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, natural disasters and other large-scale situations of cruelty and neglect s.We can’t do it without you.

Why does your charity exist?

With 66% of U.S. households who care for pets, during the time of crisis, individuals do not want to leave that loved “family member” or can not take them to a local disaster shelter. The HSUS Animal Rescue Team fosters relationships in areas that are prone to disasters before the disaster occurs. We can go in before the disaster hits (most common in hurricanes) or shortly thereafter (flooding, fires, tornadoes) to empty out the shelters and move animals already up for adoption in the shelter to partners in other parts of the country. Emptying the shelters of their adoptable population gives the shelters room to take in any animals that are displaced by the disaster—either those who ended up loose or if the owner needs to shelter their animal(s) for a period of time while they figure out their next steps.

What specifically do you do?

Every year, our passionate and dedicated teams of animal rescuers rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, natural disasters and other large-scale situations of cruelty and neglect.

The Animal Rescue Team (ART) rescues not just cats and dog but farm animals and others needing assistance. During natural disasters, the team works with local agencies on pre-storm transports, developing pet-friendly evacuation plans, securing food and other resources and emergency field rescue for animals caught in harm’s way.

The ART typically gets called in to assist with cruelty cases when the scope of animal needs exceed what local law enforcement or animal services have the capacity or resources to handle. Resources we can offer in these situations include legal assistance, temporary sheltering, on-scene assistance with evidence collection and animal handling, animal transportation and assistance with placement through our network of shelter and rescue partners—all at no cost to the community requesting help.

 

How will this make a difference?

Your support for the Humane Society of the United States - Disaster Relief helps us to work with local law enforcement to investigate the worst cases of animal abuse nationwide and rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, natural disasters and other large-scale situations of cruelty and neglect.

While most pet owners do not want to leave their pet, emptying the shelters of their adoptable population gives the shelters room to take in any animals that are displaced by the disaster—either those who ended up loose or if the owner needs to shelter their animal(s) for a period of time after the disaster.

 

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

The Humane Society of the United States Disaster Relief Animal Rescue Team partners with our affiliate Humane Society International and local agencies to rescue ALL ANIMALS ACROSS THE WORLD. We not only help in times of disaster but also cruelty cases including puppy mills, hoarding, neglect, or dog fighting.

What have you accomplished?

Your support enabled us to answer the call for any large-scale emergencies, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, utility outages as well as cases of cruelty and neglect. With our affiliates, we rescued, helped, healed and sheltered animals in need.  

 

  • 1,300 + animals were evacuated from shelters by the Animal Rescue Team pre- and post-Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, increasing the capacity of communities in their path to care for anticipated animal victims.
  • 10 States frequently impacted by natural disasters received assistance from the Humane Society of the United States over the past five years.
  • Partnering with our affiliate Humane Society International, 14 Dog Meat Farms in South Korea have been shut down rescuing over a thousand  dogs.
  • Rescued nearly 200 cats from a situation of alleged large-scale neglect in Texas in 2019.
  • Rescued approximately 150 equines—including horses, mini-horses and donkeys—in an alleged large-scale cruelty case.
How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

The Humane Society of the United States is approved by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance for all 20 of its standards for charity accountability, which address charity governance, finances, effectiveness reporting, appeal accuracy, website disclosures and donor privacy. Click this link to review our Annual Reports and Financial Statements https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/annual-report-financial-statements