Super Animals Star in This Year’s Super Bowl Commercials

No Animals Were Harmed Superbowl Ads
This year’s Super Bowl commercials explore topics as varied as survival, American resilience, presidential campaigning and, most importantly, Ryan Reynolds! And, as we’ve seen in the past, animals play a huge part in these campaigns. Not only do these furry critters imbue these ads with humanity and context, and in some cases symbolic importance (as seen with Budweiser’s Clydesdales), they also add to the cuteness factor. Continue reading

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No Unnecessary “Ruffness” in Puppy Bowl XII

Animal Planet Puppy BowlEvery animal lover knows that the best action this Sunday doesn’t kick off in the evening, but much earlier in the day, and it happens to feature much cuter dogpiles. For the 12th year in a row, American Humane Association was on set to monitor the puppies, cats, chickens and other critters on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XII! Continue reading

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The Use of Dogs in Hospitals

Animal Assisted Therapy
By Amy McCullough, PhD, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, MPH, & Molly Jenkins, MSW of American Humane Association (originally published in HABRI Central Briefs)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015), over 35 million people are hospitalized in the U.S. every year. Many hospitals across the country have incorporated animal programs, such as “animal-assisted therapy” (AAT), “animal-assisted activities” (AAA), “animal-assisted interactions or interventions” (AAI), resident animals, or pet visitation to give patients the opportunity to interact safely with dogs and to make the hospital environment more comfortable and less stressful. Continue reading

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2015 in Pictures: Victories for America’s Children and Animals

Caucus of the Humane Bond

2015 was a remarkable year for America’s oldest national humanitarian organization – one in which we touched more than 42,000 lives every minute with lifesaving, life-affirming programs that made a difference for hundreds of millions of children and animals.  Here are just a few highlights of our work that you made possible this year:

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Keep Your Pets Safe This Thanksgiving

Sleeping Puppy and Kitten

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate togetherness with family, friends, and of course, your pets. It’s also a holiday filled with hidden safety hazards you may not be aware of. Pet experts from our friends at Banfield Pet Hospital have written several helpful articles on how to keep your dogs and cats safe this holiday season. Banfield sponsors our 50-foot northeast Lois Pope Red Star® Rescue truck, which carries supplies and equipment to rescue and care for animals in need. Stay informed about your pet’s health, and check out the pet safety tips below: Continue reading

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Finally, victory for America’s military dogs!

K-9 Battle Buddy team – Marines Lance Corporal Jeff DeYoung and MWD Cena

K-9 Battle Buddy team – Marines Lance Corporal Jeff DeYoung and MWD Cena

I am thrilled to inform you that the President has signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which means that now ALL military working dogs will be guaranteed a ride home and retirement on U.S. soil!

And best of all, the people who know these dogs better than anyone — their handlers who served bravely alongside them on the hot desert sands of Iraq and Afghanistan and on bases around the world — will be given the first rights at adopting these canine heroes.

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