Today is the anniversary of Humane Society International, and I thought we should just take a moment to celebrate and remember what we can do to help humane societies as well as animals in need.

Photo by Howie R on Unsplash
Photo by Howie R on Unsplash

As explained by National Today, there are “currently more than 12 million supporters for Humane Society International globally and it is the largest animal protection organization in the world, with branches in all major countries, including India and South Korea.”

While we have come a long way from where we were decades ago, there are still so many animals abused and abandoned in the U.S. and over the world. National Today shares that The U.S. has over 10,000 known puppy mills, annually over 10 million animals in the U.S. die as a result of abuse, and according to statistics, one animal is abused every minute in the world.

It is organizations like Humane Society International and holidays like today that remind us spreads awareness about the cruelty against animals. By celebrating this day, we can also potentially tell others that Humane Society organizations exist to protect animals.

Here are things you can do to help:


Do not shop at breeders! We all know breeders are bad for so many reasons. While you may not be buying animals from breeders, you may know someone. Spread the word! That is truly the best you can do. There are so many animals out there and so many shelters that are full. There is truly no reason to buy from breeders.

  1. Donate time or money to local, national and international organizations.

If you don’t want to adopt but still want to help you can donate your time or money to any local or national organization. I know some places in the past (at least around me) let you spend time with the animals and even walk them as a way to volunteer time. If you don’t know about any, just google “human societies near me (or in Southern MN)” or “animal shelters near me.”

  1. Use apps and sites where you can adopt.

If you don’t know or have any local shelters close to you, try apps and sites that let you adopt. Some apps that you can use are the following: PetFinder (I love this one!), WeRescue, and AllPaws.

Some websites that you can check out are the following: Pet Finder, Adopt a Pet, AKC Rescue Network, Rescue Me, and Petco Love.

There are even websites and apps that share other things to like how to donate to local or national shelters and even a walking dog program!

  1. Share stories

As I stated earlier, the best we as a single person can do is t share and spread awareness. Share stories of what you have done to help or how people you know have saved a life of an animal. Share the gruesome and awful things breeders do so we can spread the word to stop shopping and breeding animals.

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