Doing Good Together

Corey's Second Chance

This blog post was written by Wayne Pacelle, CEO and President at The Humane Society of the United States.

When we found Corey, he was locked inside a filthy cage in a puppy mill in Arkansas. Crowded in with dozens of other dogs – and over 100 dogs on the property – Corey was mangy, and blind, missing both of his eyes. But when our rescuers approached him, Corey showed he wasn’t wallowing in sadness – on the contrary, he was wagging his tail and jumping for attention.

Today Corey is living with a loving family, bringing hope to a child living with spinal muscular atrophy.

At The Humane Society of the United States, we give animals like Corey a second chance. Our Animal Rescue Team pulls animals from the most horrific conditions in puppy mills, hoarding situations, and dogfighting and cockfighting operations. With our animal rescue centers, street dog programs, and spay and neuter programs, we provide direct care to over 100,000 animals every year.

But we don’t just care for abused animals – we prevent cruelty to animals in the first place. Our campaigns take on the biggest abuses of animals: in factory farms, the Canadian seal slaughter, the horse slaughter industry, puppy mills, the illegal wildlife trade, the fur industry, animal testing labs, animal fighting operations, and so many other places where animals suffer. We tackle these cruelties with every tool at our disposal, from public education and corporate advocacy to legislation and litigation.

Last year alone, we achieved our decades long goal of making malicious cruelty to animals a felony in all 50 states, and made it a federal felony to attend an animal fight. We negotiated sweeping animal welfare reforms with the world’s biggest food companies – from Nestle to Starbucks – freeing millions of animals from extreme confinement. We blocked the resumption of horse slaughter on U.S. soil, secured new rules banning the import of puppies from foreign puppy mills, and stopped the trophy hunting of wolves across the western Great Lakes. You can read more about these, and the many more transformational victories that we achieved, here.

We can only achieve these game-changing victories because of the support of kindhearted people like you. Your donations and support of our work through the eBay Giving Works program makes a real difference for animals. Every dollar counts, and I’m so thankful for your support.

We have big ambitions to help even more animals in 2015, and your support is crucial to our success. We’ll be stepping up our campaign to shut down puppy mills, cracking down on ivory sales, and working to end the use of barren battery cages in the egg industry. We’ll also be pushing for an end to horse slaughter throughout North America and horse soring across the country, banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals around the world, and tackling so many other pressing issues for animals.

This week, eBay is offering you a special opportunity to help our lifesaving work in 2015. Through January 12th, The Humane Society of the United States is the featured nonprofit whenever you buy or sell on eBay. I hope you’ll consider supporting our work, to make more happy stories for animals like Corey.