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®

Since 1981, American Humane has celebrated “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” each October in an effort to help the estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters every year get the loving, forever homes…

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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Hurricane Florence Rescue Report

Before Hurricane Florence hit the east coast, the American Humane Rescue Team had already jumped into action evacuating shelter cats in the path of the approaching storm and transporting them…
September 26, 2018

News & Updates

Addressing Behavior Issues with Dogs

Whether you have a new dog in your home or your current pup is acting up, it can be overwhelming when Fido is misbehaving and you don’t know what to do. But before you start any corrective training, make a plan with all the members of your household and make sure they can all keep to it – routines, consistency…
October 26, 2018

Cleaning Up After Pets

Pets make our lives fuller, richer, happier, and… messier. We love our pets, but they can sometimes make our homes feel a little too lived-in. Between going through dozens of lint rollers or scraping mud or tackling not so little accidents, cleaning up after pets can be overwhelming. But American Humane wants to make pet care as easy as possible…
October 21, 2018

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