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Humane Society Saved Many Pets Lives In 2009

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I know the Humane Society can be controversial sometimes but they also do lots of good stuff. Check out what they did in 2009 and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

— Kenn

By Joan Lowell Smith for

The Humane Society of the United States deserves a sizable salute for several significant accomplishments for companion animals in 2009.

Here is a list of the organization’s praise-worthy accomplishments:

• Strides were made to end euthanasia of an average of three million healthy and treatable pets each year.
• HSUS, the Ad Council and Maddie’s Fund initiated Shelter Pet Project, a three-year public service ad campaign urging people to adopt dogs and cats from shelters.
• An ad blitz on the Gulf Coast offering low-cost spaying and neutering resulted in nearly 50,000 surgeries throughout eleven Louisiana and Mississippi counties.
• Spay Day 2009 saw 38,000 sterilizations throughout the U.S.
HSUS coordinated national and local welfare groups and law enforcement officials to rescue more than 10,000 animals in jeopardy, including 200 neglected mustangs in Nebraska and 84 starving horses in Tennessee. In addition, the HSUS Animal Care Centers cared for nearly 16,000 birds, mammals, reptiles and exotic animals needing help.


As the public became more outraged at the puppy mill explosion across the country, many of the atrocious mills masking themselves as reliable breeders have been stifled significantly. Cruelty abounds in these mass-breeding farms where scores of pups are stacked in cages out in the elements. HSUS raided 16 operations last year, rescuing about 3,000 dogs.

Petland customers filed a major class action lawsuit with HSUS assistance, challenging the sale of puppy mill dogs to consumers in 40 states. More than 450 puppy-friendly pet stores pledged they would not sell mill puppies. Ten states also passed laws restricting puppy mill practices.

In Missouri, known as the most prolific puppy mill state with 3,000 mills, HSUS has launched ballot initiatives to crack down severely on mill operations. (Remember, reputable breeders deal directly with the consumer and do not need a middleman.)


HSUS cracked down on dog fighting in the aftermath of the Michael Vick scandal. Fifteen raids in eight states resulted in the rescue of 750 dogs. In a dramatic wide-scale one-day effort by federal officials, 407 dogs were rescued from dog fighting operations in various states. And now HSUS has launched a national animal-fighting tip line: (877) TIP-HSUS offering rewards for info leading to arrests and convictions for anyone involved in dog fighting or other forms of animal fighting. Fifty awards have already been given. HSUS applauded Vick for speaking to at-risk youths in urban communities so that kids can avoid what led to his previous involvement in dog fighting.

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11 years ago

Hi Kenn – I work at the HSUS and wanted to say thanks for sharing these successes from '09. None of them would have been possible without our members and supporters. Although 2010 holds lots of challenges, we're ready to tackle them.

Kenn Bell
11 years ago

Thanks Hillary! If you ever want to write a post or defend a HSUS position on The Dog Files you are more than welcome! There certainly are a lot of politics and opinions in the dog world. ; )

Kenn Bell
11 years ago

Hillary, can you please get in contact with me? Email me at [email protected] with a contact number and I'll give you a ring. Thanks so much!


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