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July 20, 2010

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July 20, 2010

As I have come to realize that laws are our most effective tool for protecting animals, it has become obvious that the Humane Society of the United States is the leader when it comes to backing legislation.

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

I've seen the passage of laws to protect animals and it is because of the efforts of The Humane Society of the United States.

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

They would spend less on fundraising.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How efficient, powerful and effective they are.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a no kill shelter in North Carolina

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The have made some enemies from those who profit from animals.

One thing I'd also say is that...

THANK YOU Wayne Pacelle and Humane Society for confronting cruelty and celebrating animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010
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July 19, 2010
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I've known of the HSUS since I was a very young child, thanks to my parents who were (and still are) members. HSUS really began to have an impact on my life however when I went away to college. As an eager teen looking for a way to make a difference in my community I attended a conference in DC. TAFA (Taking Action For Animals) is 4-day marathon of animal advocacy workshops and networking that has become a landmark in my journey to becoming an effective animal advocate. Here, HSUS provided a mountain of resources and ideas that I was able to take back to Michigan. Within a month of the conference I launched my own student group at my university. In our first year we raised over $1,000 to help fund the End-Dog Fighting campaign, volunteered at local shelters, informed students and faculty on local and national issues facing animals, as well providing resources and informtion on eating humanely and sustainbly through a plant-based diet. Our biggest success, however, was our campaign against battery-caged systems for acquiring the University's supply of eggs. After collecting signatures, screening documentaries, and giving away egg-free baked goods to those on campus, our student group was able to persuade the University to stop carrying eggs from hens in battery-cage facilities. We are now proud students attending of the first 100% cage-free University in the state of Michigan. None of these successes could have been possible without the help of the HSUS. The staff at the HSUS put their tasks on hold whenever I needed help on an issue, needed specific literature, or was in need of a pep-talk. I will forever be a member of this amazing organization and will encourage others to embrace the encouragement and support HSUS offers to those destined to make a difference for animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in Michigan when the state government, with the encouragement of HSUS, passed legislation to improve the living conditions of farm animals.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the effectiveness - the successes of this organization are tangible and irrefutable.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely encouraging and positive - the issues are heavy, collosal, even disturbing, but the staff remains positive and optimisitic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue their most daunting efforts of changing the status-quo of industrial agriculture and put an end to the most egregious treatments of farm animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

HSUS is an organization that closest in my values regarding animals. They not only focus on companion animals such as dogs and cats, but also farm animals and animals in research.

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

Bringing awareness to animal issues in North Carolina.

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

No suggestions.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting people that work with HSUS.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

State director of North Carolina.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pass more pro-animal laws.

Ways to make it better...

There were more state meetings.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Changing the perception of animals in our culture.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love HSUS!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States is solidly the most effective animal protection group in the world. They are a HUGE force to be reckoned with since they have laudable expertise in the field of litigation, public awareness campaigns, and emergency rescue. Despite what people claim about HSUS not helping locally, they are wrong because HSUS provides innumerable resources to local and national shelters. I am a proud HSUS donor and forever will be!

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

the hundreds of laws it passed to protect animals, from Prop 2 in California, to combatting puppy mills in numerous other states. The list (honestly) goes on and on...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the amazing strides it takes to help ALL animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing, kind-hearted individuals you won't ever forget.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The HSUS is an amazing, precision organization. Its mission: to help animals of any kind, anywhere, whatever the reason. They don't ask if they should respond they respond in a clear, organized manner. They have helped pass legislation that benefits animals in nearly all fifty states; and they know how to negotiate a great deal (as just happened in Ohio). The unfortunate thing I see is that the Center for Consumer Freedom has put the HSUS in its range of fire because the HSUS is easily one of the most efficient and non-threatening animal welfare/rights organizations in the country, if not the world. I appreciate that the HSUS remains above the fray, and ensures that animals always come first. My name is Christa Turnell, and I am not associated with the Humane Society of the United States in any capacity.

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

the wake of Hurricane Katrina (I rescued an HSUS rescued dog), I have seen news reports about !&%^$! fighting rings being broken up, and have hoped for their success in trying to rescue animals hurt in the Gulf oil disaster.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Professional, devotion to animas

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great, compassionate, empathetic, hard-working and devoted to animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do everything everyone outside the organization wants it to do. . .

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The HSUS is a fantastic organization that's earned its reputation as the most effective, most influential animal welfare advocate in the world. Unfortunately, that's placed them squarely in the crosshairs of industries that profit from animal cruelty. Puppy mills, inhumane factory farmers, irresponsible breeders, "sport" hunters, dogfighting fans, and other animal abusers have banded together behind an industry front group (deceptively named the Center for Consumer Freedom). CCF is waging a well-funded, aggressive campaign to discredit the HSUS with lies and misinformation. "HSUS wants to outlaw all pets, wants to force everybody to be vegan, wants to confiscate your grandmother's guide dog, etc." Don't fall for the smear campaign. The real motivation for the attack? 93 animal welfare laws passed in 2008, 53 anti-animal laws defeated, 18 major animal cruelty cases won, 57 raids on animal fighting rings assisted by the HSUS, 301 suspects arrested as a result of HSUS investigations, 2,649 abused animals confiscated, and 2,000 dogs saved from horrible puppy mills. And that's just a hint of what HSUS accomplishes *every year*. There's also shelter training and evaluation programs, wildlife sanctuaries, large-scale disaster rescues, no-cost veterinary care provided to underserved areas, animal care professional training, public awareness campaigns, Spay Day events, shelter adoption campaigns, rewards for tips leading to the arrest of dogfight rings, protection of endangered species, and so much more. My name is John Doppler Schiff, and I am not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, other than being an enthusiastic supporter and frequent donor. I invite you to explore the real facts at www.humanewatch.INFO, www.bermanexposed.org, and of course, www.hsus.org.

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

rescue operations in California, the decrease in dogfighting activity in Los Angeles, and the results of public awareness campaigns nationwide.

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

increase fundraising efficiency and eliminate the use of telemarketers. It takes money to make money, especially in a depressed economy, but fundraising operations have room for improvement. This doesn't diminish my respect for an amazing charity!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its tremendously effective strategy of pursuing long-term change to eliminate animal cruelty.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

without exception, motivated solely by their love for animals and concern for animal welfare.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to achieve amazing results in the reduction of animal cruelty.

Ways to make it better...

corporate animal abusers were not permitted to hide behind a phony charity (CCF) to attack the HSUS with a multi-million dollar smear campaign.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

slanderous attacks from an "astroturfing" corporate front group, and the ignorance and malice of its followers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

opponents of HSUS are motivated by money. If you dig into the backgrounds of the most vocal supporters, you find bad breeders, factory farmers, rodeos, fast food companies, and other abusers. In HSUS, you'll find only devoted animal lovers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States is simply the most effective voice for animal welfare in the history of the US. Through its' sanctuaries, legislative actions, spay and neuter campaign, disaster response, information for shelters and other campaigns addressing whaling, seals and farm animal welfare, HSUS has positively impacted the lives of all animals.

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

The campaign in Ohio to improve the lives of farm animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

none

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the difference everyday they make in the lives of animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic and informed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve the lives of so many more animals.

Ways to make it better...

I could have been more involved. This was due to conflicts with my job, not HSUS.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fighting corporate interests like industrial agriculture, and puppy mill owners who have a lot of influence with politicians.

One thing I'd also say is that...

HSUS is under attack by corporate sponsored front groups like the CCF/Humanewatch paid attack groups. I hope people do their own research and don't fall for the lies that these front groups spew.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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July 17, 2010

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July 17, 2010

I am a HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team Member and have been deployed several times to help in puppy mill rescues, cruelty investigations and seizures, and sheltering over 600 animals. I believe that HSUS does everything it can to help animals in the US and around the world. They have never claimed to be funding local shelters, they work NATIONALLY to cure the problems that lead to over population in local shelters. If you have looked at or even listened to the Humane Watcher's propaganda then you need to read the truth in the eyes of the animals I have help save!

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

many ways

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 11, 2010

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July 11, 2010

HSUS operates through extensive lobbying in Washington and backing by major corporations such as Bank of America. While HSUS may advocate a worthy agenda for companion animal welfare, this organization is extraordinarily ill-advised when it comes to the welfare of food animals. HSUS's extreme disregard for cooperation and communication with farmers, many veterinarians and the food animal industry as a whole is a hindrance to it's supposed goal of improving food animal welfare. This organization creates divisions rather than collaborations and is hurting its mission in the process.

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

The unintended (or perhaps intended) consequences of food animal welfare legislation that has been sensationalized and promoted by HSUS are too vast to describe here, but I encourage readers to do some in-depth research on their own.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 1, 2010

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July 1, 2010

HSUS has gotten a bad wrap from an organization called humanewatch.org, which is an affiliate of the Center for Consumer Watch. Take a look at this website to learn more about this supposed non-profit http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Center_for_Consumer_Freedom. Also, check their profile in Guidestar. They are not what they seem to be but they are swaying a lot of animal advocates by discrediting HSUS. HSUS does wonderful work with lobbying for better animal care practices. Since these practices are not convenient to big industry, a man by the name of Berman created CFF and humanewatch to distract the public from the real truth. The truth of how these industries make animals suffer for their own profit...

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

Legislative changes toward animal welfare.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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