Reaching Millions Through Our Vital Programs
As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. In the past 12 months American Humane Association protected millions of children and animals through our vital, effective programs:
Helping Communities in Times of Greatest Need
American Humane Association's Red Star® Rescue Services was created in 1916 when the United States Secretary of War called upon us to serve our country by saving wounded horses on the battlefields of World War I in Europe. Since then, we've rescued hundreds of thousands of animals caught in disasters, both natural and man-made. In the past year, Red Star® Rescue ...
- Responded within hours to the deadly EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma. Red Star® responders spent more than a month in Oklahoma, helping to rescue and shelter animals impacted by the storm. More than 200 animals were either reunited with their original families or joined with new ones as part of a massive adoption drive at the end of the deployment. Worldrenowned filmmaker Ric Burns's Steeplechase Films created a video documentary which is a lasting tribute to the courage of the Red Star® first responders.
- Worked to rescue animals caught in the historic flooding in Colorado. Red Star® was on the scene working with Boulder County Animal Control and Code 3 Associates, and rescued 146 animals, including dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and turtles. A photo of a Red Star® worker made USA Today's Top 10 Photo Galleries for 2013.
- Sheltered and cared for more than 250 animals seized by a coalition of humane organizations in the second largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history. Though the dogs were emaciated and scared even of human touch, they made miraculous progress. Ten suspects from around the Southeast were arrested on felony dogfighting charges.
- Worked with The Weather Channel to distribute lifesaving tips for families, children and pets to 100 million people nationwide.
- Tripled the size of our legendary Red Star® animal rescue fleet with two new 50-foot emergency response vehicles to protect animals in both the hurricane-prone Florida/Southeast U.S. FEMA region and the heavily populated Northeast U.S. FEMA region, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy just one year ago. Each is designed to house emergency workers and sheltering equipment for 100 displaced animals. The Florida vehicle was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of philanthropist Lois Pope. The Northeast vehicle, which debuted at the New York Stock Exchange and was featured on The Weather Channel, Fox and Friends, The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post Live and other media reaching nearly 300 million people, was made possible by philanthropist Lois Pope, Banfield Pet Hospital, Zoetis, and other major donors.
- Provided communities around the country with 43 firstresponder training sessions to 962 students in FY 2013. Volunteers donated 4,920 hours for deployments on top of the 5,745.5 staff hours in deployments.
With your help, we are working to make sure that when animals are in crisis, Red Star Rescue is always there ... everywhere.
Protection for Animal Stars
For generations, animal actors have entertained us, delighted us, and often taught us something about our own humanity through their adventures on screen. And for more than 70 years, Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ of our No Animals Were Harmed® animals in entertainment welfare program have been on set to ensure their humane treatment. In the past year, we were present for more than 3,168 production days during film and television shoots around the world. In the past year, Humane Hollywood™ has ...
- Brought on noted veterinarian Dr. Kwane Stewart as the program's Chief Veterinary Officer
- Created a Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of the country's leading animal behaviorists, ethicists and animal welfare scientists for the purpose of continually improving our rigorous "Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media" – the platinum standard for humane protections and safety in the industry. The safety standards have resulted in a remarkable 99.98% safety rate for animal stars working in the entertainment industry.
- Convened the first Animal Actors Roundtable bringing together animal advocates and producers, writers and directors from the entertainment industry to examine how we may amplify the voice of our beloved animal stars.
- Hired a host of veterinarians to serve as Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ on film and television sets around the country.
Since 1940, American Humane Association has kept millions of beloved animal actors safe, delivering the very highest standards of humane protection.
Humane Research and Therapy™
Helping Military Families, Communities in Crisis, Kids with Cancer, and Shelter Pets
American Humane Association programs are based on science, data and real outcomes so that we may best help those in greatest need. Here are just some of our latest projects designed to help military families, communities in crisis, and kids with cancer:
- While Boston was still reeling from the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon, our National Director of Animal- Assisted Therapy, Amy McCullough, and her certified therapy dog Bailey traveled to the bomb site to provide comfort and healing to the city. Our team brought hope and healing to those who were still trying to overcome the grief of the tragedy. Therapy dog Bailey was interviewed by CNN and our dramatic experiences were explored at length by The Boston Globe, CBS, and NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.
- Children of military families often have difficulties coping when a parent is deployed overseas. These children of our nation's war heroes benefit from the healing power of the child-animal bond. For the last three years, American Humane Association has partnered with the National Military Family Association to send animal-assisted therapy teams to Operation Purple Camps for military families. In 2013, 49 animal-assisted therapy teams visited 12 camps around the country, providing comfort and a lifetime of memories for 900 children.
- American Humane Association and Zoetis completed the pilot phase of the Canines and Childhood Cancer Study, an innovative human-animal bond study exploring the benefits of animal-assisted therapy for children with cancer and their families. The upcoming full clinical trial at five major children's hospitals will produce data that will hopefully help give children with cancer and their families an improved quality of life.>
- Phase II of our groundbreaking study, "Keeping Pets (Dogs and Cats) in Homes Retention Study," funded by PetSmart Charities, Inc. revealed more than a hundred thousand animals adopted from shelters were unaccounted for six months later. The study aims to find ways to keep more pets in safe, loving homes.
- Our Humane Scholars Program funded critical research for advancements in the welfare and wellness of dogs, cats, pigs, cows, and the endangered Javan rhinoceros. Twenty top students from across the country were selected as humane scholars. An innovative interdisciplinary Humane Scholars team representing medical, veterinary and business school students from Texas A&M created a business marketing plan for America's top pet, the cat.
- In December, American Humane Association and The Weather Channel announced a new partnership to help communities across America in times of disaster. Together, we conducted a national search to find the national Weather Channel Therapy Dog who will bring hope and healing to communities struck by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and other weather-related and natural tragedies.
- The first national Be Humane Summit was launched in September, bringing together the country's top thought leaders in the humane movement to examine key challenges and chart the future course of efforts for America's children and animals. The first Cat Health and Welfare Forum featuring the top cat welfare behaviorists and scientists was convened to focus on the needs of America's most popular pet, and plans were unveiled for a translational research study, Decoding Obsessive Behaviors in Canines and Autism in Children, that could lead to medical breakthroughs for both children and dogs.
- A new children's book series, "Horses that Help," was released by Enslow Publishing with American Humane Association.
Ensuring the Humane Treatment of Nearly 1 Billion Farm Animals
American Humane Association was founded on the issue of protecting farm animals more than a century ago. Today, we oversee the American Humane Certified™ farm animal welfare program – the oldest, largest, and fastestgrowing third-party farm animal welfare and audit program in the country. The last few years have seen staggering growth for the program, ensuring its place as the national ethical standard for humane farm animal welfare certification.
- In 2013 American Humane Association more than doubled the number of animals under our farm animal welfare program, from 400 million to nearly 1 billion. Our program now ensures the humane treatment and welfare of one in every 10 animals raised on our nation's farms and ranches every year, including 90 percent of the cage-free egg production in the United States.
- American Humane Association oversees the humane treatment and welfare of animals on 8,000 farms and ranches nationwide.
- The internationally respected Scientific Advisory Committee grew to a 16-member panel representing the top experts in animal science, ethics and welfare who work diligently to keep the 200 stringent standards we demand for each individual species at the forefront of humane practices backed by evidencebased science.
- A new national study by American Humane Association shows overwhelming popular support by the American people for increased farm animal welfare. Nearly nine in 10 (89%) of the 3,000 respondents surveyed nationwide said they were concerned about the welfare of animals raised on farms and ranches.