The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate what is best in life and take stock of all we have accomplished. This past year makes us especially appreciative of what is truly important as we grappled not just with a deadly global pandemic but the greatest number of hurricanes and wildfires in U.S. history, affecting millions of people and animals, and making our humane work more vital than ever.
Thankfully, with your help, we were able to make the world a substantially better place for all of us. We provided critical food and supplies to more than 650,000 abandoned animals living in shelters during the pandemic and led a movement to adopt and foster these homeless pets. We rushed our rescue teams to care for the victims of the historic number of California wildfires and deadly hurricanes battering the Gulf Coast, and provided free, lifesaving service dogs to veterans grappling with physical and emotional traumas. In addition, we launched a best-selling new book and a full-length documentary. All of these critical initiatives are designed to help build a more humane world for animals everywhere.
The past 12 months have been difficult and we all need a brief period of refreshment and renewal. One of the best presents of holiday cheer you can give yourself is to read about the victories we are celebrating at our American Humane Certified zoological facilities, which are bursting with new life as they work to replenish the world’s remarkable and endangered species. Inside, you’ll find just a few of the thousands of survival stories we’re helping bring about through our worldwide humane conservation program, including the births of endangered baby turtles, some fierce-looking but friendly fellows who like to puff themselves up and squirt blood from their eyes to scare predators, and an adorably cute little critter known as a “puggle.”
And because we ourselves need all the love and inspiration we can get, you will be thrilled to read more about the winners of our 10th annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, including the four-pound Chihuahua who walked off with the biggest prize.
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