TRUTH: We exist to make the world a more humane place for animals. We oppose the pound seizure law* and believe sending animals to research facilities for biomedical testing and research goes against our mission and values. Read our statement on animals used for biomedical research, testing and education.
Animals are never provided for testing, but we do collaborate with the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine (UMN-CVM) and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on projects that can improve the lives of animals. Two projects we are currently participating in have the potential to help dogs and cats.
Veterinarians from the UMN-CVM are collecting nasal swabs from dogs with kennel cough in an effort to further efforts to find effective treatments for the virus.
In our partnership with the Mayo Clinic, Animal Humane Society veterinarians set aside samples of waste tissue from spay/neuter surgeries. This tissue is shared with doctors at the clinic in an effort to find treatments and cures for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
We believe these safely conducted studies will help to improve the health of animals suffering from infection and disease both in the community and in shelters across the country. The results of the studies are shared with Animal Humane Society so we can improve our animal care policies and procedures.