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What services do humane societies provide?

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The Humane Society of the United States and its many affiliates provide direct care, health services and rescue for animals of all kinds. The organization also offers training to human volunteers who care about the safety and well-being of animals.

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What services do humane societies provide?
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As the country's largest animal protection group, the Humane Society cares for more than 100,000 animals, including dogs and cats, annually. The group also works to end animal cruelty that involves animal fighting for entertainment, puppy mills, factory farming, captive hunts, seal slaughtering, and the wildlife trade.

The Humane Society operates a number of emergency shelters, animal sanctuaries, veterinary programs and rescue operations throughout the nation. It also provides adoption services for animals in need of caring, responsible owners.

Many Humane Society volunteers and staff members lobby state and federal legislators to change laws pertaining to animal protection. They frequently take on large corporations that use animals for product testing or raise animals in unsafe, inhumane conditions through protests and lobbying for changes in laws that permit such practices.

Another Humane Society program involves providing affordable veterinary services to pet owners in the country's inner cities. The organization also works with several Native American reservations to provide veterinary care there.

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