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The Humane Society Of The United States

Rating: 3.01 stars   348 reviews 39,103

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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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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1 person found this review helpful

I have made donations to the HSUS for many years, but in the past year I have become more involved as a volunteer. As I've learned more about the work they do, the people who work for HSUS, and the impact they have had and continue to have in protecting all animals and preventing cruelty to all animals, my respect for and belief in the organization and its leadership has just gotten stronger. It is an organization that has made important and sustained impacts in improving, saving, and protecting the lives of so many animals. Next I'm hoping to volunteer for the HSUS Animal Rescue Team, an admiral group of people saving many animals from deplorable and inhumane situations. If there were more organizations like HSUS, the world would be a much better and more hopeful place!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I've volunteered for HSUS at the state level for about 20 years, and they just continue to amaze me with their drive and professionalism. Honestly, animal activists can seem a little "out there" sometimes, and watching some of them at legislative hearings where animal issues are being debated, I see why animal people are labeled as kooks. But then the HSUS people step up to the mic. Whether paid staff or volunteers, HSUS always sends in people who have done their homework. They conduct themselves like true professionals. They sit down at negotiating tables with stakeholders and opponents and lawmakers, and they make progress the old-fashioned way: through hard work and diplomacy.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I donate to several animal protection groups, many of which do great work. But HSUS clearly is the leader in enacting legal and corporate reforms for animals.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The Humane Society of the United States is on the ground daily advocating for animals big and small. They rescue animals directly, provide support to local shelters, and lobby in Washington to change animal welfare laws. I donate to them via payroll deduction and I feel good every time I do! Thank you hsus for standing for animals.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Very organized, professional & polite. I know I can always find encouragement, support, and learn a ton more about the animal welfare community. Online webinars, conference calls, and social media all help me to stay up to date in what's going on. I feel more empowered being a part of this nonprofit and have found my voice as a constituent to help animals and the environment through legislation.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have seen first-hand the incredible impact The HSUS has had for animals all over the country (and the world through Humane Society International). They are an inclusive organization who works with people from all walks of life who care about animal protection issues - everything from spay and neuter issues, ending the use of gas chambers, banning bullhooks, protecting elephants and rhinos suffering from the ivory trade, working to ban the most egregious practices in the factory farming industry, increasing animal fighting penalties, protecting our country's horses, etc. (I could go on - the list of all of the issues they work on is extremely extensive). My family, friends and I love their good work and support their efforts. Thank you, HSUS!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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  

7 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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