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Interview: Katie Jarl, Humane Society of the United States

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. HSUS helps animals by advocating for better laws to protect them; conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through their sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics.


As the Texas state director for The HSUS, Katie Jarl helps animals by working to pass animal welfare legislation, coordinating disaster and rescue response for animals in need, and engaging animal advocates to promote animal protection in the state.

Previously, Jarl worked at The HSUS's headquarters in the public relations department, working closely with the animal fighting campaign. In that role, she worked to promote animal fighting legislation on both the federal and state levels, including a successful media relations campaign in Texas to pass stronger cockfighting laws.

In addition to her work in public relations, Jarl has a background in broadcast journalism, previously working for two local television stations in Texas. Jarl was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her spirited Jack Russell terrier, Bella.