Spring is finally here with all the hope and promise of renewal that this season always brings. And thanks to you, this spring looks to be an even happier, healthier and safer time for so many animals who desperately needed a helping hand during the past few months. We provided critical food and supplies to 825,000 abandoned shelter animals across 41 states, helped rescue 39 Collies and Collie breeds living in nightmare conditions, provided medical emergency support for local shelters, unveiled pioneering new protections for millions of animals being raised in aquaculture, reunited retired war dogs with their former handlers, and made the gift of highly skilled, lifesaving service dogs to veterans grappling with physical and emotional traumas.
Perhaps most emblematic of spring are all the adorable – and critically important – baby animals being born at American Humane Certified™ zoos and aquariums around the world, replenishing the stocks of Earth’s most remarkable and endangered species. In the pages that follow, you will meet a baby Lowland Gorilla and read uplifting stories that include giving an old tiger a new lease on life and the need to act with lightning speed to save some of the world’s slowest creatures.
And we think you will agree that even more a harbinger of spring than a cloudy Groundhog Day is the opening of our annual American Humane Hero Dog and Hero Vet Awards, which capture the hearts and minds of millions of animal lovers each year with their amazing tales of kindness and bravery.
I hope you enjoy our latest stories of compassion, hope and love. Please follow American Humane on social media for the latest breaking news and inspiring tales from our animal world. On behalf of each and every one of the beautiful creatures we help every day, thank you for your care and support!
Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D.
President and CEO