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The Humane Society Of The United States

Rating: 2.97 stars   342 reviews 38,859

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

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

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202-452-1100
www.humanesociety.org

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Reviews for The Humane Society Of The United States

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

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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Rating: 4 stars  

Excellent organization that effectively makes use of their funding. A pleasure to have them on my annual list of charitable donations!

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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

HSUS and it's defenders respond to criticism by accusing opponents of operating as fronts for animal torturers. I would argue that HSUS itself is a front for the dregs of the fundraising industry. HSUS has been much more than a client of it's multinational mail mills Quadriga Art and Market Development Group. HSUS has been deeply involved for decades in the overseas operations of both. Quadriga was at the center of a blistering CNN expose that led to a 2014 $25 million settlement with the New York Attorney General. Market Development Group has been exposed all over Europe for operating dozens of scam and even fake charities - 22 just in France alone.

HSUS donors need to know that Market Development Group's donor list division rents and sells the personal information of HSUS donors to some of the worst F rated "charities" in the country. MDG markets ELEVEN HSUS lists. MDG's list division is one of a very few that is not a member of the Direct Marketing Association. It has "no privacy policy." Huge red flags. If you give as little as $5 to HSUS or any of it's subsidiaries, your personal info will remain on the market for 60 months aka 5 years.

HSUS is run by predators and has been for decades. If only more people knew where HSUS donations really go, they could redirect their hard earned contributions and save the lives of our furry buddies.

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

Have HSUS's faux Hong Kong branch investigated. "The Humane Society of Hong Kong Ltd. has been listed on the HSUS tax returns for 12 years, while having no record of ever helping animals. The address listed in Hong Kong corresponds to a money processing office run completely by Market Development Group. Sounds criminal.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

HSUS is a big RIPOFF each of the last 2 years they have sent over $20 million in their offshore accounts they have given only 1% of donated money to benefit animals Do the research before you throw your money away, Give locally LD

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Powerful lobbyist for animals, strong voice for those who cannot speak.

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7 people found this review helpful

I volunteered for HSUS efforts in an eastern state after the hurricane. Problem was, they were more interested in getting photo ops than helping animals.

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Rating: 1 stars  

9 people 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  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Close it down

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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