A Momentous Step for America’s Military Dogs and K-9 Battle Buddy Teams

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jeff DeYoung with Military Working Dog Cena.

Groundbreaking New Bill Guarantees Nation’s Military Dogs Return Home to U.S.

Did you know each military working dog saves the lives of between 150-200 servicemen and women by detecting IEDs and other hidden weapons? Did you also know that despite their service and the generally good efforts of military, there has been no guarantee that military dogs will be reunited with their handlers or bought back to the U.S. after their retirement.

Until now. Continue reading

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Red Star to the Rescue: The Journey to Hope with The Miami 15

Miami 15 Rescue
During the stormy weekend, American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue team was in action, doing what they do best – saving lives of precious animals. On Friday, Red Star Rescue pulled into Hollywood, Florida to pick up some precious cargo: 15 dogs who were given a second chance at life. The dogs were loaded onto our well-equipped Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicle, ready for the long drive up the coast, hoping to beat the terrible weather predicted on the heels of Hurricane Joaquin. Continue reading

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New technology helps reunite lost pets and owners following disasters

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On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest weather-related disasters in American history made landfall in Louisiana, wreaking havoc, taking more than 1,800 lives, and stranding more than 250,000 pets. American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue team was there on the ground in the days after the storm, rescuing pets and reuniting them with their owners – making families whole again. Continue reading

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Helping Those Who Keep Us Safe

Ike Weaver and Nitro and Daniel BelcherThe statistics are sobering. According to a recent five-year study conducted by the Congressional Budget Office (2012), approximately 1 in 4 recent combat veterans who received treatment through the Veterans’ Administration was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). As the conflicts continue in Iraq and Afghanistan, these numbers are likely to rise, driving increased need for PTS service dogs to support the trauma recovery of our nation’s heroes.

One of my favorite parts of my job is helping administer American Humane Association’s grant program, Wags4Patriots, which awards grants to military veterans to help offset the training and adoption costs for PTS service dogs. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors such as NCR Foundation and Kal Kan, American Humane Association awarded four new grants to military veterans. Here’s what two of them had to say: Continue reading

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No Animals Were Harmed® in the making of Max: Behind the scenes of this must-see new movie!

Txtd-Final-Rated-1sht-MXMGM-compAmerican Humane Association has been doing a lot of work over the past year to bring home our nation’s military hero dogs and reunite them with their former handlers and battle buddies with whom they fought overseas on the hot sands of Iraq and Afghanistan. So we are especially proud to be involved with MGM’s upcoming film, Max, which is the perfect on-screen depiction of the unbreakable bond between military dog and handler. Max is the story of a beloved dog who returns home after serving Marine Kyle Wincott, and his platoon in Afghanistan. After Kyle is killed in battle, Max is shipped back to Kyle’s family where he befriends his younger brother, Justin Wincott. At first, Max and his adopted family are reluctant to get close to each other, mostly because Max suffers from post-traumatic stress following his experience in the war. Continue reading

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Canines and Childhood Cancer Study Presented at Conference


This month, I traveled to the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Conference in Phoenix, Arizona to present a poster showing preliminary data from American Humane Association’s Canines and Childhood Cancer (CCC) study. The CCC Study, funded by Zoetis, seeks to examine and document the healing effects of animal therapy on child cancer patients and their families.  This conference is attended by more than 1,000 pediatric hematologists and oncologists each year, including doctors from many of our research study sites. Pediatric oncologists from our participating children’s hospitals at U Mass, Vanderbilt and Randall stopped by the poster to talk about the study’s progress and share positive stories regarding their involvement in the CCC study and how much the children enjoy the dogs. Continue reading

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