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®

American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month® each June – a month that also marks the height of “kitten season,” when millions of kittens are born and often end up in animal shelters.

Be Kind to Animals Week®

Building a better world for all of us begins with a few simple actions and American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, is challenging people to commit to protecting…

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

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VIDEO: 2017 Year in Review

In 2017, generous supporters of American Humane allowed us to accomplish so much—from helping care for abused and neglected animals, to recognizing the heroic military canines who sacrifice so much…
January 1, 2018

News & Updates

In First Wave of Rescues, 72 Cats Safe and Sound as American Humane Rushes to Evacuate Animals Caught in Path of Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, September 12, 2018 — Seventy-two beautiful cats and kittens are safe and sound from nature’s fury today after being evacuated from shelters in the path of monster hurricane Florence by the national American Humane Rescue team. The animals are part of the first wave of rescues in advance of what is predicted to be a potentially…
September 12, 2018

American Humane Rescue Team Rushing to Evacuate Animals Caught in Path of Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, September 11, 2018 — As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the United States, bringing with it torrential rains, dangerous winds, and potential flooding, the famed American Humane Rescue team, which has been saving animals in disasters for more than 100 years, is rushing to evacuate shelter pets directly in the path of the deadly storm. American Humane…
September 11, 2018

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