The Humane Society of the United States

Rating: 2.98 stars   339 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 2100 L Street, NW Washington DC 20037 USA

Mission: The Mission of The Humane Society of the United States is to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people, through education, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion.
Results: -We passed a bill in Congress making interstate dogfighting and cockfighting a federal felony -We worked with law enforcement agencies to bust abusive puppy mill operations -We continued to investigate and combat Canada’s gruesome hunt of Atlantic harp seals, and our boycott of Canadian seafood now has the support of more than 1,000 restaurants and food businesses and 300,000 individuals -We persuaded the National Institutes of Health to ban the new breeding of chimpanzees for research -We provided hands-on care to thousands of animals at our network of sanctuaries and wildlife centers -We responded to the wildfires in southern California, and helped save more than 1,000 animals—dogs, cats, horses, goats, and others -We passed the first bill in a state legislature to outlaw cruel confinement of farm animals when Oregon banned gestation crates for breeding pigs -Food industry leaders like Burger King, Wolfgang Puck, and Compass Group adopted ground-breaking humane reforms advanced by The HSUS -Our efforts persuaded leaders in the fashion industry such as Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, and Foot Locker to go fur-free, and other designers and retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory to drastically reduce the amount of fur they sell -We passed two precedent-setting bills in the New York state legislature to require accurate labeling of all fur garments, and ban the electrocution of animals in fur factories -We passed state legislation in Illinois to ban horse slaughter -We continued passing laws to ban Internet hunting, with 34 states now prohibiting the practice -In Congress, we secured language in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill to stop the imports of polar bear trophies killed by sport hunters in the Arctic -We won court victories to protect endangered right whales from being harmed by fishing longlines, to stop invasive research on Steller sea lions, and to protect wolves and Canada lynx -Our Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program provided more than 30,000 medical treatments to animals in remote areas of the country often underserved by veterinarians -We helped pass 86 new animal protection laws in state legislatures in 2007, a record year
Target demographics: mostly women ages 40-50
Geographic areas served: USA and beyond

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

Im an EX-Donor after I read about this recently:
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Exposed: Stripped of Charity Rating After $15 Million Payout http://www.hfa.org/pdf/Corruption-RICO_Lawsuit-HSUS.pdf

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Hi cpmondello, I work at The Humane Society of the US, and would encourage you to read more about the source here: http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2014/08/hfa-rick-berman.html. I've also send you a private message with more information, and hope to hear from you so we can address any other concerns you have.

Rating: 5 stars  

I am living in Belgium but I have been a donor to HSUS for a few years now. They are great and they do a great job. They should get as much support as possible along with other non-profits like 'Big cats rescue' and so many others

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HSUS impressed me so much as I learned about what they do, that I have reached out to volunteer for them whenever possible. They are committed to making sure ALL animals are treated fairly. They help support other animal agencies, they provide places of care for animals and most uniquely, they work to change and create laws that protect animals. We can all rescue animals in need every day of our lives, but until there are laws to stop the people and industries from causing these problems, it will never end.
Before supporting HSUS financially, I made sure they used donor dollars in the most responsible way possible and am pleased with what I found. I support other charities, as well, but HSUS is my #1 organization!

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I have volunteered for many organizations (animal - as well- as people-oriented). I have spent many hours searching on the web for information about charitable organizations from credible sources, as I contribute a substantial amount of my income to them.

HSUS is staffed, from top to bottom, with such dedicated, skilled, and capable people. I have seen very few organizations that run so efficiently and effectively. I work with HSUS because it is such a successful and positive agent of change for animals - thanks in such large measure to Wayne Pacelle's exceptional leadership.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have stopped donating to this organization. They have paid $15 million of donated funds in a scandal associated with the Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering (RICO) suit. Wayne Pacelle, CEO, Mike Markarian, VP, John Lovvorn, VP have all been accused of illicit witness payments. The Charity Navigator has suspended it's rating of HSUS and recommends donors re-evaluate their donations.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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HSUS is an organization that works extremely hard to protect family animals, animals in the wild, and the well being of individuals by promoting healthy food choices. I know of no other organization who has done so much for so many.
The biggest and toughest role that the HSUS champions is to secure laws in our local, state and national governments which PROTECT animals from cruel treatment and needless killing. I am very proud of HSUS's constant work to protect all animals.

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Would welcome HSUS to work more with educational institutions to educate and communicate the need for awareness on how animals are treated in industry, e.g. factory farming, and its impact on the environment; as well as the need for animal welfare laws.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The HSUS is an effective, hugely impactful organization making big changes for animals in a number of areas that range from stopping the testing of cosmetics on animals to fighting for better, more humane conditions animals raised for food in industrial agriculture.

Critics often disparage HSUS by saying it doesn't do enough to help local shelters, but its mission is so much broader than that. HSUS recognizes that to achieve meaningful change for animals, it's critical to work at the policy and "big picture" levels by strengthening laws and raising public awareness about the many forms are animal cruelty that are ingrained in modern society and so often hidden from public view. I believe that even people who aren't "animal people" would be horrified if they had even the most basic information about where their eggs come from and how that chicken sitting on those nice clean supermarket shelves was raised.

We need better laws to protect animals from egregious forms of cruelty and HSUS is working hard to achieve that goal and to educate the public so people can make more informed choices in aspects of their lives that implicate animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give HSUS even more staff and resources so it would have an even larger footprint.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Humane Society of the United States is an incredible animal protection organization. They exist to solve major problems & to protect as many animals as possible. Some groups like Humanewatch (a DC front group) say they want the HSUS to fund local Humane Societies, but this is only part of the story. Humanewatch & many of the people against the HSUS profit from the exploitation of animals. It would help them if the HSUS was less powerful & effective.

The HSUS was created to protect ALL ANIMALS. They fight against route causes of animal suffering, by changing laws & educating the public. The HSUS fights against factory farms, puppy mills, dog fighting, seal clubbing, shark finning, the fur industry, exotic animal ownership/exploitation, horse slaughter, and all forms of exploitation. The HSUS is truly an amazing organization.

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Make the HSUS even more powerful.

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