When wild or exotic animals are kept as pets, the result is usually tragic for the animal and often negative for the owner. Lack of knowledge about behavioral traits, social needs and proper nutrition may lead to inadvertent neglect. For many of the larger wild or exotic species, the cost of feed, veterinary care, handling equipment and confinement facilities may be prohibitive. The release or abandonment of non- native wildlife or exotic animals into the natural environment can create severe or catastrophic impacts to the native ecology. Federal, state and regional laws and regulations may prohibit the ownership of some animals, and some species are at higher risk to transmit diseases to humans. American Humane opposes the deliberate capture, confinement, breeding, or the hybrid breeding, of wild or exotic animals as pets and also opposes their release into non-native environments.
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Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals.
ATTENTION! Our #FeedTheHungry COVID-19 fund has provided 870,000 meals to homeless animals across the country! We are so close to reaching our goal of one million – #donate today to help more hungry animals. https://bit.ly/2Ahqd91
The U.S. House of Representatives just passed the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act, which will fund service dogs for #veterans diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress. We are overjoyed by the broad support in #Congress for the healing power of the human-animal bond! #PawsAct
Last week, we had the honor of facilitating the reunion of retired MWD Xxanthe with her former handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Wade Alfson. The heartfelt #reunion was a wonder to behold. Read the full story: https://bit.ly/3bkaAxf #BattleBuddies #MilitaryAppreciationMonth