American Humane Association

The mission of the American Humane Association, as a network of individuals and organizations, is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.

Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association (AHA) is the nation’s only national organization dedicated to child and animal protection. From its headquarters outside Denver, Colorado, and from regional offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, AHA provides national leadership in the development of programs, policies, and services on behalf of children and animals who are abused and neglected.

AHA is a well-established animal welfare organization with a reputation of dedicated leadership on the issues that matter. AHA believes that being first means being positive and credible. We have learned to affect change by working with other organizations though cooperation and coalition building. AHA gets things done through positive advocacy and action.

For more information, or to contact American Humane Association, see their website at: www.americanhumane.org

» Recent News

Enter Pets & Pals Photo Contest for a Chance to Win $10,000!
18 May 04 | Some say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Well, if your photo showcases the unique talents of your pet or highlights the bond between pets and kids, it could be worth $10,000. The 2004 Pets & Pals Photo Contest is now open for entries.

American Humane Applauds Colorado Law Holding Dog Owners Responsible
21 Apr 04 | The American Humane Association today applauded Governor Bill Owens for signing into law new legislation holding dog owners liable for their dog's actions, even if it is a first attack.

What You Can Do to Help End Child Abuse
08 Apr 04 | There is no single solution for the problem of child abuse in this country. But one thing is for certain: Every citizen shares responsibility for protecting children, preventing abuse, and helping create stronger families and communities.

American Humane Applauds First Felony Animal Cruelty Conviction in Colorado
25 Feb 04 | A milestone was reached in Colorado this week with the first conviction under the state's felony animal cruelty legislation.

American Humane Donates to Abused Puppy's Care, Calls for Citizen Action to Stop Animal Abuse
19 Feb 04 | American Humane today awarded $1,000 out of its Second Chance Fund™ to Colorado Humane Society to offset the medical expenses for Ashley, the puppy that was rescued after being set on fire in Arvada on Monday.

American Humane to Expand Educational Program on Animal Welfare for Colorado Schoolchildren
18 Feb 04 | Thanks to the support of U.S. Senators Wayne Allard (R-CO) and Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), American Humane received a federal appropriations award to teach Colorado schoolchildren tolerance and empathy through a relationship with animals.

Stop the Shooting of Pets in Kentucky
17 Feb 04 | American Humane today called on Kentucky legislators to pass HB 336, a bill that would end the use of gunshot as a lethal method of routine animal control in Kentucky's animal shelters.

American Humane Selects New President
10 Feb 04 | American Humane today announced the selection of Marie Belew Wheatley as the national nonprofit's new president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 17, 2004.

Be Kind to Animals™ Kid Contest Opens for Nominations
03 Feb 04 | Do you know a child who does exceptional things for animals? Nominate that outstanding kid for the 11th annual Be Kind to Animals Kid™ Contest.

American Humane Commends New USDA Downer Regulations
07 Jan 04 | In a letter to USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman, American Humane today commended the USDA for introducing new policies to ban downer animals from entering the human food chain, saying they may prevent the suffering of thousands of animals annually.

"Blockbuster" Neuter/Spay Stamps Sell Out. American Partnership for Pets requests a rare reprint!
24 Nov 03 | The American Partnership for Pets (APP) has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. They are thrilled to announce that the US Postal Service's (USPS) Neuter/Spay stamps achieved "blockbuster" status and have sold out.

American Humane Completes Animal Rescue Work in San Diego, Moves to San Bernardino
31 Oct 03 | American Humane is concentrating its Red Star Emergency Services on providing emergency relief for animals in San Bernardino after a change in weather allowed rescue groups to make some headway on operations in San Diego County.

American Humane Rushes to Assist Animals Affected by Fires in San Diego
27 Oct 03 | The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA requested American Humane's assistance with the ongoing rescue of thousands of animals, especially livestock and horses, that remain threatened by the Cedar Fire raging in San Diego County.

American Humane Urges Colorado to Vote NO on Amendment 33
22 Oct 03 | American Humane encourages Colorado voters concerned about animal cruelty to vote NO on Amendment 33 on the basis that the bill would subsidize and prolong the exisitence of greyhound racing, an industry that is inherently cruel to animals.

Siegfried & Roy Attack Illustrates the Dangers of Exotic Pets
09 Oct 03 | The recent attack of Roy Horn, 59, by a trained tiger is just one of many such attacks that occur each year and is a startling reminder that exotic animals like tigers should not be kept as pets, says American Humane.

American Humane rushes to Eastern Seaboard to provide emergency relief for animals affected by Hurricane Isabel
15 Sep 03 | American Humane will arrive in North Carolina tomorrow with its Red Star Emergency Services to work with the North Carolina State Animal Response Team, if necessary, to provide emergency relief for communities and animals needing assistance.

American Humane Urges Alabama to Strengthen Pet Protection Act
08 Aug 03 | American Humane, the only national organization dedicated to both child and animal protection, made this call in light of growing research indicating people who are violent to animals are often violent to humans.

American Humane Applauds Guilty Verdict in North Carolina Animal Cruelty Case
09 Jul 03 | American Humane applauds the announcement of a guilty verdict of animal cruelty for Naomi Delores Perez, a 77-year-old woman accused of keeping more than 250 dogs, two kittens, and a parrot in horrendous conditions in her Union, North Carolina, home.

Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde Awarded the First "no Animals Were Harmed. . .™" Seal of Approval
30 Jun 03 | The Seal of Approval is an optional new format for the historic End Credit Disclaimer and will be available immediately for films, advertising, and packaging to inform the public that animal actors were treated humanely during production.

New Research Proves Families Make the Difference in Protecting Children
02 Jun 03 | Comprehensive research released today by American Humane on a process called Family Group Decision Making points to increased family involvement in the child welfare system as a viable solution for protecting children from abuse and neglect.

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