The holidays and New Year are upon us once again, and as we celebrate our blessings with friends and family, we also feel that at this special time it is especially important to look back and take stock of what we have done to touch the lives of those around us – and what more we can do in the future to build a better world for all of us.
During the past year, we saved, sheltered, fed and protected nearly one billion animals, rescuing and caring for frightened pets caught in the fury of Hurricane Ida and the horrific California wildfires; delivering 1,000,000 meals as well as critically needed supplies and lifesaving medicines to abandoned shelter animals during the pandemic; protecting 400,000 rare and endangered species around the world; helping to ensure better lives for hundreds of millions of farm animals; and, helping our military heroes, both two-legged and four-legged, by bringing home retired war dogs and providing veterans with free, life-changing service dogs.
Looking forward, we are excited to share our newest lifesaving program – the American Humane Sanctuary. This remarkable refuge will provide animals a safe haven and veterans with a loving, secure environment where they can meet and train with their new service dog and forever friends. The American Humane Sanctuary is a new model in the shelter field and will inspire all who visit to deepen their relationship with animals and become steadfast advocates for creating a better world for us all.
Of course, no newsletter of ours would be complete without the results of the 2021 Hero Dog Awards and heartwarming, adorable photos and profiles of the animals being born, saved and nurtured at American Humane Certified zoos and aquariums around the world.
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