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®

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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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

American Humane Rescues 26 Dogs from Crisis Situation

The American Humane Rescue team received an urgent call from Tennessee authorities. What local officials had discovered on a nearby property was jarring – 26 dogs living outside in a flooded mud pit after their owners had been arrested. The dogs were covered in mud and fecal matter, and were emaciated, shaken, and scared. The American Humane Rescue team and…
March 8, 2018

Preparing to help our best friends…in their worst times

STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA, February 15, 2018 — WHAT: Oklahomans know all too well the terrible toll tornadoes and other disasters can take on families – including thousands of our beloved pets who can often be lost or left behind injured, hungry and frightened in the rubble. To help prepare for the coming storm season, American Humane, the country’s first national humane…
February 15, 2018

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