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:
American Humane Association began doing animal relief in August, 1916, by accepting an invitation from the War Department to help animals used by the U.S. Army during WWI. Today, we work in association with American first responders, civic leaders, animal protection advocates, healthcare providers and families to prepare for and cope when crises arise and disasters strike. Our Red StarTM Animal Emergency Services teams rescue and shelter animals in crisis and provide lifesaving tips to protect children, families and communities before, during and after disasters. Red Star Animal-Assisted Therapy teams are on the ground year-round providing life-healing comfort for children with cancer, the aged, the infirm, and military families impacted by service.
RED STAR EMERGENCY SERVICES
The Red Star ™ Animal Emergency Services team is always prepared to assist communities in need at a moment’s notice. Since 1916, the Red Star ™ team has been helping animal victims of disasters both natural and manmade. Having evolved since World War I, the team is now equipped with over 200 specially-trained staff and volunteers ready to deploy across the country, an 82-foot Rescue Rig with a full Command Center, a fleet of response boats and vehicles and extensive rescue supplies. In just the past five years, these heroic teams have rescued and cared for some 70,000 animals! When they are not helping animals affected by disaster, they are training communities to be better prepared for disasters through our nationally-renowned Red Star Training program, which has trained over 2,600 people in less than three years!
RED STAR ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY
Animal-assisted therapy is one of the best ways to provide comfort and a smile for those most in need of it. In the past five years, American Humane Association’s animal-assisted therapy programs have:
HUMANE POLICY & RESEARCH™
|"Effects of Secondhand Smoke on Canine Lung Tumors"||"Animal Shelter Policy, Procedure, and Understanding of Ringworm in Cats"||"Comparison of SAFER® Aggression Assessment Results in Shelter Dogs"|
Our “No Animals Were Harmed®” certification program monitored the treatment of 100,000 animal actors on more than 2,000 film and entertainment productions around the globe with a 99.98 percent safety rate. Animal actors, and their human counterparts, are grateful for the protections afforded by the only officially sanctioned animal welfare program in the entertainment industry.
American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™
The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ campaign generated more than 3 million votes in a national campaign to honor America’s most courageous canines. Broadcast nationally on the Hallmark Channel, this year’s event was hosted by Tony and Emmy Award winner, Kristin Chenoweth and honored longtime supporter Betty White with the National Humanitarian Medal and Legacy Awards. Military Dog Gabe (see photo below) was named the 2012 American Hero Dog.
The American Humane Certified® certification program is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing monitoring, auditing, and certification program in the country ensuring the humane treatment of farm animals. In the past 12 months, American Humane Association added more than 50 million animals to our rigorous procedures, protections, and stringent treatment guidelines, for a total of more than 200 million animals on 7,200 farms in 42 states, including 90 percent of the cage-free egg production in the United States. We are also developing a curriculum to teach school children across the country about the value of treating farm animals humanely.