The Heart of Our MissionAt the heart of the National Humane Society’s mission is the idea of supporting animal shelters and the volunteers across the country that give time and resources to maintain those individual institutions. Currently there are approximately 13,600 shelters across the country serving an average of 7.6 million pets a year. Roughly 3.9 million of these animals are dogs, and 3.4 of them are cats (ASPCA findings).
Animal shelters receive animals from four major sources:
- owners who can no longer care for their pets
- relatives when an owner has passed away
- stray animals
- humane organizations and animal control agencies