Rescue

Rescue

From natural disasters to animal cruelty investigations, American Humane is on the front lines protecting animals and saving lives in times of crisis.

More than 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 from Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Dorian to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Today, American Humane proudly remains the first to serve animals whenever and wherever animals are 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.

As such, we continuously adapt our program goals to best serve our animal friends. In the face of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, animal rescuers, shelters and first responders need our help. In response, we launched a Feed the Hungry fund to provide much-needed supplies for animals like food, kitty litter and medical supplies. The current worldwide crisis is leaving thousands of animals without homes, closing hundreds of shelters and rescues, and leaving too many hungry in desperate need of supplies. Basic necessities are needed now more than ever, and we are making that a priority.

Rescue Initiatives

Feed the Hungry COVID-19 Fund

Like every other business or organization in America, rescue shelters are struggling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic.…

Red Star® 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®

Since 1981, American Humane has celebrated “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” each October in an effort to help the estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters every year get the loving, forever homes…

Adopt-A-Cat Month®

American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month® each June – a month that also marks the height of “kitten season,” when millions of kittens are born and often end up in animal shelters.

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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News & Updates

Marta Heflin Foundation Helps Protect Vulnerable Cats During Tragedy

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, October 15, 2020 — The Marta Heflin Foundation is funding American Humane’s efforts to keep cats safe amidst hurricanes battering the Gulf Coast. The Marta Heflin Hurricane Laura Cat Transport is moving a number of kittens and cats out of the way of danger, from the Lake Charles, Louisiana area to Longmont, Colorado, where they will…
October 15, 2020

California Update – Dogs Brought Back from the Brink

For the American Humane Rescue team on the ground in Butte County, the days have taken on a rhythm. Caring for animals impacted by the fire requires around-the-clock care and attention. Dogs must be walked, kennels sanitized, meals eaten and, above all else, the animals must be loved. It is in the cracks of the schedule – the extra time…
Hayden Frye / October 2, 2020

American Humane’s lifesaving emergency rescue program is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: