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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News & Updates

For Animals in Devastated Bahamas, One Month Has Passed, but Crisis Has Not

October 4, 2019 — After a brief break from their first deployment to the Bahamas, American Humane’s trained rescue staff and volunteers returned this week to help grapple with the continuing need, working with veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and seasoned animal relief volunteers to aid animals in need, support shelter and feeding operations, and conduct other essential tasks. In September, the…
October 4, 2019

Responding to a Disaster Beyond Comprehension

At the beginning of this month, The Bahamas were ravaged by one of the most devastating, dangerous storms in living memory. Hurricane Dorian pounded the northwestern Bahamas for 40 continuous hours. With winds reaching 185 mph, it is the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, and one of the few Category 5 storms to ever make landfall. A meteorologist with The…
September 25, 2019

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