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Many of us are already pretty vigilant when it comes to watching out for our neighborhoods. We are more cautious driving down the street when children are out playing, we are aware of people in the neighborhood we do not recognize, we even join local watch groups to keep our living areas safe and clean. There are also other members of the neighborhood that may receive less attention from you; they are animals and they too need us to watch out for them.

Pets, wildlife, and other animals cannot speak up for themselves when they are being hurt, and therefore rely on help from compassionate citizens like you. Animals, like people, do not deserve to suffer in pain at the hands of an abuser, so if you see or hear something, it is up to you to do something. Animal cruelty crimes tend to go underreported, so it’s important to be able to identify the signs of animal abuse and neglect.

Please take a few minutes to read this article from One Green Planet, How to Identify Animal Abuse and Neglect and What to Do If You Suspect Cruelty, then save these hotlines to your phone and share them with everyone you know.

1. Humane Society of the United States Dog-Fighting Hotline 

About: A nationwide tip line taking calls from all across the country and helping The HSUS to stamp out animal fighting everywhere in the nation. Your identity is protected if you call to report and provide tips about dog-fighting or suspected dog-fighting activities. Reward money for reporting is up to $5,000. To find their website, click here.

Animals they can help with: Report dog-fighting or cockfighting

Phone: 1-877-TIP-HSUS

Hotline hours: 24/7

2. PETA Animal Cruelty Hotline 

About: A national hotline. Report an animal in imminent danger to your local police department immediately with any information, like the specific location of the animal, the kind of abuse or neglect, and if it is happening right now. If the police are unresponsive, please check out their website for more.

Animals they can help with: All

Website: Click Here

Hotline hours: 24/7

3) Washington Humane Society Animal Cruelty Hotline

About: The Washington Humane Society inspires and creates a community where all animals have secure homes and where people and animals (pets and wildlife) live together with joy and compassion. Investigates animal abuse and neglect, available to help animals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of weather conditions, time of day or night, and regardless of species of animal in trouble.

Animals they can help with: All

Phone: 202-723-5730 (Washington D.C.)

Hotline hours: Report cruelty, neglect, and animal emergencies 24/7

4. WeTip Hotline

About: A national tip hotline for all types of crime reporting including animal cruelty and animal fighting tips. Report animal crimes anonymously, no machines and no tapping. Bilingual operators on staff. To find their website, click here.

Animals they can help with: All

Phone: 1-800-78-CRIME, optional online reporting form

Hotline hours: 24/7

5. Humane Society of the United States Puppy Mill Tip Line 

About: A national tip line for concerns about possible puppy mills and assists law enforcement officials or animal control officers needing assistance with puppy mill cruelty cases. Check out their website, here.

Animals they can help with: Dogs and puppies, other animals on full website

Phone: 1-877-645-5847, optional online tip form on website

Hotline hours: 24/7 

Green Monsters: Do you know of an animal cruelty help hotlines or run one? Share it with us by submitting it to our Animal Rescue Hotline directory!

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