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

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Louisiana Update

The destructive flooding that struck Louisiana this year was devastating to both people and animals. Since we first responded, American Humane, our volunteers, and local animal organizations like the Humane…
December 23, 2016 / Lafayette, Louisiana

News & Updates

Post-Hurricane Irma, Millions of Floridians Without A/C: Keep Pets Safe From Heatstroke

The wrath of Hurricane Irma passed through Florida over the weekend, damaging homes and affecting thousands of Sunshine State residents. This week, Floridians are slowly returning to their homes, but with an estimated 6.5 million residents still without power and temperatures expected to reach into the mid 90’s, dangerous conditions await them. As our American Humane Rescue team deploys to…
September 13, 2017

A Note from American Humane President and CEO on Hurricane Harvey

Friends, This is our Katrina . . . and even on a larger scale in terms of the scope of the disaster. American Humane, first to serve those in need, is now responding to the front lines in two states, Texas and Louisiana to help animal victims of Hurricane Harvey. Our disaster response memorandum of understanding with the State of Louisiana was activated…
September 2, 2017

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