American Humane Association

Rating: 4.44 stars   93 reviews


1400 16th Street, NW Ste 360 Washington DC 20036 USA


American Humane Association positively touches 21,000 lives a minute through direct program services, research, outreach and education. Our mission is to ensure the welfare, wellness and well-being of children and animals, and to unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals to the mutual benefit of both. As a recognized leader in professional education, training and advocacy, research and evaluation, American Humane joins with other similarly missioned individuals and organizations to make this vision a reality.


This past year alone in our four major program areas, we have tirelessly pursued the humane mission by: Ensuring the humane treatment of nearly 1 billion farm animals – an increase of more than 100% in one year Serving the children of our military families with Operation Purple and victims of tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombings through our pioneering animal-assisted therapy program Rescuing and sheltering the animal victims of the devastating EF-5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, the Colorado floods, and with other humane organizations 250 dogs in the second-largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history Conducting groundbreaking humane research to help children with cancer, and national research to save more of the 3-4 million animals euthanized each year by finding new ways to increase pet retention


Join us, and with your help we can build a future where all children and all animals live in a world of compassion, caring, and hope.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched the AHA save thousands of animals during times of crisis and have seen them honor dogs through their Hero Dog Awards. Their work continues to help protect animals, save animals and educate children and adults about the importance of being kind to animals.

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It's somewhat difficult to image that America's oldest working charity designed to help animals and children (etc.), and one that continues to do so, so much good would need further help getting noticed, but I am thrilled to be able to assist by sharing my story. I am a working actress, author, and staunch animal advocate, hosting my own podcast entitled "Animal Magnetism." Because of my work to further support of modern zoos and aquariums at home and abroad, my stance on the necessity of institutions such as SeaWorld, GA and the work they and others do in so many areas, I came to the attention of Robin Ganzert, Ph.D and AHA and was asked to be an AHA ambassador; I agreed immediately. In the last several months "on duty" as it were, I have discovered even more about AHA and its necessary role in animal conservation and preservation. From being a first responder in disaster areas such as No. Carolina and Louisiana, saving countless animal lives and reuniting pets with owners, to Humane Heartland which ensures the humane treatment of animals in the factory farming system---with a rating system and seals of approval for cruelty free vendors, to Humane Hollywood (particularly close to my heart) which ensures on-set safety for working animal actors, to launching their newest program, the Humane Conservation Initiative (creating animal enclosures in zoos and aquariums best for the animal from the animal's point of view,) AHA is doing more to help better and save the lives of animals both domestic and exotic than almost any other animal advocacy organization that comes to mind. I was privileged enough to be asked to speak to members of the U.S. Legislature on this last initiative and witnessed the success that AHA has on Capitol Hill and the power they have to get their humane message out to actual lawmakers. They deserve a spot in the top ten most efficient and beneficial charities by any standard. Actually, to my mind, they deserve spot number one.

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