We’re Teaming Up With Chicken Soup for the Soul To Save Lives

Riley the Pug

Dogs and cats do so much to improve our lives, and that’s exactly what the newest entries in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series are about:

Chicken Soup for the Soul My Very Good Very Bad Dog, Chicken Soup for the Soul My Very Good Very Bad Cat

Written by Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher and editor-in-chief, and featuring forewords by American Humane Association president and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, each book features hilarious and touching stories about all the very good, very bad, and simply amazing things that our dogs and cats do. Continue reading

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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Hurry! There’s still time to help a senior pooch during Adopt-a-Dog Month

My Old Dog Book Cover
By Laura T. Coffey

Older dogs are wonderful. They’re calm, mellow, sweet, loveable, and they’re usually already house-trained. Yet, as fabulous as animals over the age of 7 are, they often represent the highest-risk population at shelters across the United States, where nearly 4 million dogs and cats are put down each year.

How can this be? Why is it that the most snuggly, tranquil, ideal companions are in this situation? For starters, this happens to most senior dogs by no fault of their own. Confronted with financial pressures, illness, or another life upheaval, animal owners suddenly may be unable to care for their pets. Then, once older animals land in shelters, they can get overlooked because people think it will be too sad to bring them home. Continue reading

Canines and Childhood Cancer Study Presented at Conference

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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

Kindness 100: Celebrating a century of “Be Kind to Animals Week®” all year-round

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For generations of Americans, the first week of May has always been associated with kindness. Indeed, from May 3-9 millions of people around the country young and old will join American Humane Association to celebrate our “Be Kind to Animals Week®,” the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history.

What makes this year so special is that we will be celebrating 100 years as the most successful humane education effort ever undertaken. Continue reading

Our Top 10 Reasons to Be Thankful this Year

On this special holiday devoted to giving thanks, we would like to share our Top 10 Reasons to be thankful in 2014:

  1. Farmers and ranchers who put the “thanks” in Thanksgiving by going the extra mile to raise their animals humanely.

Some 10 billion animals are raised on our nation’s farms and ranches, yet the vast majority – almost 90 percent – are not provided animal-centric welfare standards beyond the industry standards offered by trade association guidelines and retailer-imposed audits. Our hats are off to those farmers and ranchers who go the extra mile and raise their animals according to science-based, verifiable standards that ensure they have adequate space, lighting, food and water, humane treatment and the ability to express natural behaviors. More than 100 producers on 8,000 farms have joined our American Humane Certified™ program – the country’s first and largest farm animal welfare effort now protecting 1 billion animals. Thank you! And now it is even easier than ever for Americans to make humane choices at the grocery store and to set a humane table this holiday season and all year long. Join us and do your part by purchasing humanely raised products.

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