The Humane Society of the United States
Public Relations Department
(301) 258 - 1417
The Fund for Animals was founded in 1967 by prominent author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory.
For more than four decades, The Fund has spearheaded significant events in the history of the animal protection movement by employing national advocacy campaigns, rescue operations and operating a network of world-famous animal care facilities like our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.
The Fund's historic victories have saved thousands of animals from cruelty and suffering.
In 2005, The Fund for Animals and The Humane Society of the United States joined together to form an unprecedented partnership for animals. Since then, The Fund has expanded its efforts to protect animals from cruelty and provide for their veterinary, sanctuary, and rehabilitative needs at several direct animal care facilities.
The Fund has won legal actions to protect endangered species and prevent inhumane hunting and trapping practices, and the organization is currently fighting for animals with the help of the Animal Protection Litigation section. This group of full-time attorneys, law clerks, and pro bono law firms are defending animals in federal and state courts from cruelty and abuse. The Fund's current advocacy programs seek to protect wildlife from toxic lead poisoning, stop canned hunts, prevent the commercial trade in wildlife parts, and more.
The Fund's direct animal care operations provide veterinary treatment for thousands of animals year-round, while training volunteers and supporting their local communities.
- The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, is the flagship legacy of author and Fund for Animals Founder, Cleveland Amory. This 1,400-acre refuge in the rolling hills of east Texas, provides permanent sanctuary for nearly 1,000 rescued animals. With over 40 species—ranging from chimps and camels to horses and tigers—this world-renowned facility is the largest and most diverse of its kind. The Sanctuary is also home to the Doris Day Equine Center, which focuses on developing optimum programs to elevate the public perception of horses rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to our hands-on rescue, rehabilitation, training and placement of equines, we serve as a resource and support system to rescue centers around the country.
- The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, California, provides year-round rehabilitative and medical care to injured and orphaned wildlife and specializes in native predator species such as bobcats, coyotes, bears and eagles. The facility is also a safe home for some animals rescued from the pet trade who cannot be released to the wild. Our facility also assists the community with humane solutions to wildlife conflicts and works with 20 student interns each year preparing them for careers in wildlife conservation, biology and the veterinary field.
- Our Cape Wildlife Center on Cape Cod, Massachusetts provides year-round emergency care and rehabilitation annually to nearly 2,000 animals from 135 species. It is one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation centers in the state and is the “go to” facility for hard-to-rehabilitate rabies vector species. Our center regularly communicates with state officials and has their endorsement for addressing unmet and critical wildlife rehabilitation needs. Our center also assists the community with humane solutions to wildlife conflicts, and is an internationally sought after teaching and training facility for current and emerging veterinary and wildlife professionals.
- Duchess Sanctuary was established in 2008 as a safe haven for formerly abused, abandoned and neglected horses. Situated on 1,120 acres outside of the charming town of Oakland, Oregon, it offers permanent sanctuary to more than 190 equines. Much of the herd was rescued from the Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry, while other residents were rescued from public lands, auctions, feedlots and other dangerous situations.
- The Rabbit Sanctuary, Inc., located in Simpsonville, South Carolina, provides, as Cleveland Amory said, “hope for the hopless.” The sanctuary, supported by The Fund for Animals and The HSUS, is a permanent refuge for many dozen injured or displaced rabbits who were abused or discarded as “throwaway” pets.