Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Animal welfare groups put cooperation to work

By Sharon L. Peters

When the biggest dogfighting bust in history – a multi-state, multi-agency effort – went down last summer, the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals joined forces to help the Humane Society of Missouri compile evidence and care for more than 500 animals. In September, the American Humane Association arrived to help; this month Best Friends Animal Society was among groups that transported dogs to new locales.

It's the kind of cooperative effort unheard of in times past.

But major animal welfare organizations are regularly partnering – without fanfare and on an ad hoc basis – on a range of projects, from saving animals in natural disasters to rescuing puppy-mill dogs, fighting dogs and animals held by hoarders, to pressing for legislation..." More