Humane Society of the United States Works to End Puppy Mills


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Puppy Mills

Certified bookkeeper Owen Sinclair has helped manage the budgets of several organizations in the New York Area. In his personal life, Owen Sinclair is a long-time dog lover with an interest in supporting the work of animal welfare organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States.

In its efforts to end animal cruelty worldwide, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) oversees a variety of campaigns, including one focused on closing puppy mills and rescuing dogs that have been bred or raised in such facilities. Because puppy mills are subject to minimal regulation, much of HSUS’ work in this area is directed toward promoting legislative changes that would address humane care issues in large-scale breeding facilities.

Additionally, HSUS promotes public awareness and education about puppy mills and works to recognize anti-puppy mill advocates working in communities nationwide. Each year before Valentine’s Day, the organization awards 14 individuals its Advocates We Love Awards, which are given to those who have rescued dogs, organized events, helped pass local laws, or contributed to its Puppy Mills Campaign in other ways.

HSUS recently announced the names of the 2017 Advocates We Love Award winners on its Facebook page. To find a link to the page and learn more about HSUS’ efforts to improve commercial animal care, visit


Statistics on Pet Homelessness in the United States

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Pet Homelessness

Owen Sinclair is a certified financial bookkeeper experienced in performing oversight accounting and office management functions. The former owner of two pet beagles, Owen Sinclair is moved by the plight of homeless pets.

Pet homelessness is a huge problem in the United States. While the nation is home to approximately 13,600 independent community animal shelters, millions of pets – including dogs and cats – lose their homes each year. Here are few facts on pet homelessness in the United States:

1. There are an estimated 70 million stray pets in the United States. This means there are five times more homeless pets in the United States than there are people.

2. An estimated 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters every year. Dogs account for 3 million of these animals, while cats make up 3.4 million.

3. Only 10 percent of animals entering shelters are neutered or spayed. This is problematic, since within six years, a single unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce up to 67,000 dogs.

4. Approximately 1.4 million dogs are euthanized every year because shelters are full.

5. Less than 10 percent of animals entering shelters are reunited with their owners.

6. Twice as many stray animals enter shelters than do owner-surrendered pets. The most common reason for people giving up their dogs (nearly 30 percent) is that their place of residence has a no-pets-allowed policy. Other common reasons are divorce or death of a partner, lack of time, and animal behavior issues.