Rescue

Rescue

From natural disasters to animal cruelty investigations, American Humane is on the front lines protecting animals and saving lives in times of crisis.

Over 100 years ago, American Humane first responders deployed to war-ravaged Europe, where we rescued and cared for 68,000 wounded horses every month. In the century since, American Humane has provided lifesaving animal first responder assistance at the sites of virtually every major national disaster response, from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.

Today, American Humane proudly remains the first to serve animals whenever and wherever they’re in need. Our emergency first-response units and fleet of state-of-the-art rescue vehicles are prepared and always ready to deploy on a moment’s notice to rescue animals in danger.

Rescue Initiatives

Disaster Response

American Humane’s rescue units are stationed across the country to ensure a swift response whenever and wherever animals are in crisis. Our first responders travel the nation with a fleet…

Emergency Training

We know firsthand that preparedness can be the difference between life and death for animals when disasters strike. That’s why, throughout the year, American Humane offers disaster preparedness training courses…

Community Events

Local animal shelters and law enforcement agencies regularly request support from American Humane in responding to natural disasters and large-scale animal cruelty investigations. American Humane also helps communities plan for…

Adopt-A-Dog Month®

There are a million good reasons to consider adopting a dog during American Humane’s yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” in October – in fact, it’s a lot more than that. Each year,…

Adopt-A-Cat Month®

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly…

Be Kind to Animals Week®

For over 100 years Be Kind to Animals Week has worked with children, parents, teachers, and celebrities to build a better world for animals. Take a walk through history to…

Our first-responders are there when animals need them most

From natural disasters to animal cruelty investigations, we are on the front lines protecting animals in times of crisis.

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Rescue Diary

News & Updates

We’re on the ground, helping Louisiana’s animals!

Our incredible animal rescue team is rushing to the Baton Rouge area to help animal victims of the historic flooding, supported by two of the organization’s 50-foot rescue vehicles, which are traveling a combined 2,000 miles to the stricken area. The deployment of the giant emergency vehicles, a team of seven trained emergency responders, and a veterinarian comes at the…
August 29, 2016

Louisiana floods show importance of disaster preparedness

As the recent flooding in Louisiana shows, disaster can hit hard and ravage entire communities—especially our furry companions. So how do you protect the animals in your care when disaster strikes? You need a plan Without a plan for your staff to follow, you stand the chance of losing the support of the community and your donors should a disaster strike…
August 26, 2016

American Humane’s lifesaving emergency rescue program is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: