A Tale of Survival

Flame was one of 49 abused cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Bartlett, Tennessee.

Flame was one of 49 abused cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Bartlett, Tennessee.

The orange and white tabby cat with matted fur and bright green eyes was confused when emergency responders donning white suits and face masks came through the front door, reaching for him. He desperately dodged from one soiled surface to another until he was finally picked up by a responding volunteer, placed in a carrier, and hustled out of the home’s interior. Named “Flame” by the volunteer emergency responders, he deeply breathed in the fresh Tennessee winter air for the first time. 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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Protecting Those Who Protect Us: America’s Military Heroes

Captain Jason Haag, USMC (Ret.) with his PTS service dog Axel.

Our military programs are led by Captain Jason Haag, USMC (Ret.), our National Director of Military Affairs. Captain Haag USMC works with his PTS service dog Axel, who was named the 2015 Service Dog of the Year at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards®.

For 100 years, American Humane Association has worked with our nation’s military heroes, on the battlefield and on the home front. In 1916 the U.S. Secretary of War asked American Humane Association to rescue wounded war horses on the battlefields of World War I. American Humane Association deployed to Europe before US servicemen were called to duty, tending more than 68,000 war horses a month. Following World War II we pioneered the field of animal-assisted therapy to help returning veterans readjust to civilian life and to help children of military families cope during their parents’ deployments. Continue reading

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

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

Dogfighting Ring Raided: Another ‘Brutal’ Reminder

dog-fighting-raidFor more than 250 dogs, the nightmare is now over. After a year-long investigation, 22 people have been indicted following the dramatic raid of a suspected multi-state dog fighting operation. Our Red Star® Rescue team was waiting to spring into action at the request of the Baltimore City Police Department to help the animal victims. Our team’s mission was to help local groups, such as the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), bring peace and compassionate care to the dogs that were rescued from what was presumably years of suspected abuse and neglect. Continue reading