The Humane Society of the United States

Rating: 2.97 stars   342 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  

Those that support H$U$ continuely try to deflect attention to the facts by attacking the messenger. If one was to ignore all information about the messenger, and deal strictly with the facts, it would be discovered that H$U$ runs continous misleading ad campaigns to solicit donations, spends money on promotional items to get more money, with NO FACTUAL documentaion showing that the money they have donated to them gets donated to hands on shelters in substantial amounts. Instead to blubbering slanderous attacks against the messenger, I challenge anyone to produce DOCUMENTED FACTS to support their claim that H$US does not give the majority of the money donated to them to salaries, pension funds, and political lobbying. Don't bother replying with opinions, or feel good stories. Please provide FACTS that I can personally look at and draw my own conclusion from. I've taken the time to examin the existing documentation that I can find and have reached my own conclusions without being blindly led by anyone. Have YOU??

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've had contacts with all sorts of rescue organizations and shelters. None have received any assistance from H$U$. I also live in one of the disaster zones they supposably helped.

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

I would make it a requirement that the name would be changed to remove Humane Society from it (since they are NOT affiliated with any humane society organization) and I would make it mandatory that their financial statements would be displayed before and after any commercial.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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Rating: 1 stars  

This "animal rights" organization, does more harm than good. They spend more money on lobbying than anything else, next is the salary for their execs. Not only do they take money away from local shelters that need it, and donate less than 1% to actually animals, but they along with their sidekick PETA, interfere with conservation efforts around the globe. Their representatives had publicly declared at town meetings, that they want no animals in captivity within 10 years. Including cats and dogs. They also frame people for illegal activity and spread smear campaigns.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work with endangered animals, and the effects it has on everyone in my field.

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

abolish it.

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Rating: 1 stars  

HSUS has pulled the biggest scam on the public and media known to man. they are nothing about welfare and all about animal rights. The richest animal rights organization in the world with affiliates whose names you wouldn't guess are HSUS puppets. It is way past time they are exposed for what they really are an animal rights organization bent on making us all vegans with a bottom line of a petless/meatless society. They deny it, but look at who they hire, where they spend their money, the law suits they are involved in, the information on their website, the propaganda they sell our children and the groups they work with. They are experts wordsmiths, just try an pin them down on a question. They are the best at using emotional issues, pictures an videos to over rule common sense, the facts and take your money.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've met with Wayne Pacelle and HSUS board of directors, I've debated HSUS in the media. I've testified at state and local level on legislation HSUS has tried to pass.

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

I suggest they use their vast income of up to 120 million a year and 200 million in assets to help animals, contribute to shelters and groups working to help animals that need our help. Instead they spend their money introducing legislation that will change our life styles and make the world what they believe it should be. Look at their salaries and retirement a lot more on animals and less on themselves. They've make money on confrontation while we spend it to defend the activities with animals we love

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Rating: 1 stars  

I've worked in purebred rescue for many years and have also bred, trained, and showed dogs on a limited basis for many years. I've seen this organization grow every year into a monstrous political presence which spends millions of the dollars that people think they're donated to help dogs in shelters to political campaigns, to pay lobbyists to further its political agenda, and influence governmental officials at every level.

By the time they're finished, only the very wealthy will be able to own dogs and cats or afford to eat eggs, meat, cheese, and milk.

Further, when they do get involved with an issue like helping with disaster affected pets or in animal seizures, they solicit all the money for it and leave the local shelters and rescues to handle all the animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Legislative issues in several states. Workied after Katrina in La. and saw first-hand how poorly this was done, also have seen several seizures of hoarders' animals which HSUS used for publicity to raise funds and further ending the breeding of dogs and cats. Placement of the animals was left to local rescues and shetlers which didn't get a dime.

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

Disperse the money to shelters and rescues across the country, try to help municipalities improve the way they deal with unwanted animals, provide counseling, subsidized veterinary care, and other assistance to help with owner retention. Give up the campaign to end animal ownership.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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There is an organized attack on the hsus precisely BECAUSE they are effective and threaten those who put profit before the best interests of animals. Like one of the recent posters, I eat meat. I also have purebred dogs, wear leather shoes and yet I dont' feel at all that hsus is trying to take away my rights to do any of those things. why doesn't hsus fund local shelters? It's not their job any more than it's a local shelter's job to send someone to Canada to take pictures of sealers clubbing baby seals. I've worked at a shelter and I've come to know people at hsus (unlike probably any of the people posting negative reviews). hsus should keep strong in the face of this c$#@ and continue their work for animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the help they gave me and our shelter, their responsiveness every time I've had a question, observing the results of their work.

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

I think they should defend themselves more strongly against all the misinformation being spread about them. they may want to rise above it and i can respect that. but a lot of people are being misled by their detractors.

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Rating: 1 stars  

If you want your local shelters to be helped with thier homeless animal DO NOT donate to HSUS Less than 1% of thier 100 million a year goes to the animals. Their ads give the impression that it is going to your local shelters but it is not. They attend all high profile events and use that event to get more donations .

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

You can get information on Humane Watch both on the web and on facebook

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

they would loose thier non profit status

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Rating: 1 stars  

Their ads make you think they are helping shelters. Our local shelters get nothing from them, and I'll bet yours doesn't, either. If they want your money for lobbying and animal rights activities, they should say so in their ads. They are deceptive and dishonest.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Lack of help to my local shelters.

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

Take legal action against them for misuse of funds.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I lump the HSUS in with the ASPCA and PETA. They all play on the publics sympathy to make money and further their causes. Animal welfare has little if anything to do with their goals. If it did, they would support animal shelters with a little more than words. They claim credit that is not theirs to claim and the steal $$ from those who deserve it.

Donate to your local shelters (unless they are are associated with one of the aforementioned) and become a member of an organization that supports pet owners rights!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization has attacked every part of the pet and agriculture industries............we've all been affected!!

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

Fire Wayne Pacelle and require this organization to follow its by-laws.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Self-serving, tax-evading, and misleading. This nonprofit looks like a umbrella of humane societies or shelters, but it is not. While some of the things it has done, and continues to do, will benefit animals, the agenda of the organization is essentially to separate animals and man...as in extremist vegan and anti-companion pets. The ads I have seen on TV say that my donations go to help the (neglected/abused animals in the pound) but they don't state how. Upon researching, they do it by regulating man's ability to keep animals and how they keep them, not by supporting the animals in the pound, or their vet bills, or to start up/continue supporting shelters.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's political support of banning my pets-some of the snake species I love and keep- and thanks to that, I am now limited in the areas I can live.

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

Return it to the original purpose-a non lobbying, non political group of people who actively help care for shelters and the animals in them, as well as helping educate and fund ways to reduce pet overpopulation and abuse.

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Rating: 1 stars  

The H$U$ lures people through their sad commercials and I fell for it as well, but I didn't donate and good thing I didn't because instead of them being "non-profit" they are an "all-profit" organization and people should become aware of this.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I have been cheated and lied to

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

end this organization all together

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