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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty

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

Programs: Advocacy and public policy, encompassing such activities as expanding the scope of corporate policies concerning the treatment of animals, urging consumers to modify their spending and lifestyle habits to favor humane products, increasing the scope and strength of animal protection statutes and regulations, and persuading their leaders to ally themselves with humane values, are important elements of the hsus' work. (continued to schedule o)

cruelty prevention program, and direct care and service cruelty prevention programs serve the fundamental hsus mission of carrying out long-term initiatives to ensure the well-being of animals in a variety of contexts and settings. The hsus's direct care and service initiatives are designed to meet its commitment to animals and their basic care needs across a wide range of issue and program areas. These initiatives involve external grants to other organizations and the direct care work that is carried out by the hsus and its staff members. (continued to schedule o)

the work of research and education, with the related activities of public education and outreach, is a core element of the hsus's programs. This work is conducted through many sections including donor care, communications, media and public relations, conferences and events, publications and content, the humane society institute for science and policy, faith outreach, rural development and outreach, humane society academy, and the hsus los angeles office. Donor care donor care, which oversees and manages the membership experience for the hsus, responds to thousands of supporter and member inquiries sent annually. In 2014, donor care fielded 75,178 telephone calls across all hsus affiliates; 138,618 emails across all hsus affiliates; and processed 150 to 200 pieces of mail per day, handling approximately 45,948 pieces of mail in the year. Communications communication with the general public and other audiences is a high priority. The content department creates print and electronic magazines, brochures, advertisements, reports, and other documents. In 2014, more than 773,000 people received the hsus's bi-monthly all animals magazine and there were nearly 57,000 recipients of the magazine animal sheltering and its e-newsletter. The combined readership of all animals, animal sheltering, and kind news was more than 830,000. The hsus communicates with many supporters via phone, letter and email, and on social networks. The hsus has more than 2. 2 million supporters on facebook, updates more than 300,000 followers via twitter, and updates more than 30,000 people via instagram. The hsus's ceo/president writes a blog about animal issues and the organization's activities, sent to approximately 6,000 subscribers. In 2014, the hsus website recorded nearly 26 million visits, and supporters took an estimated 1. 4 million online advocacy actions. Hsus online videos were viewed approximately 9. 3 million times during 2014. The hsus has a dynamic text message program, activating more than 100,000 constituents to take action for animals, directly from their mobile phones. Media and public relations the media relations department works to inform the public about animal protection through mass media. In 2014, the hsus distributed nearly 200 press releases, 50 statements, and 70 news briefs to journalists; distributed more than 300 letters to the editor, op-eds, and guest blogs; conducted interviews with news outlets; and placed related advertisements. These efforts generated more than 6,000 news stories about the hsus and its work. Conferences and events the hsus hosts a number of conferences and events for animal advocates. These include animal care expo, the major professional animal care and services conference in the world, and taking action for animals (tafa), a marquee event for humane advocates interested in engagement and training. In 2014, 1758 people from over 30 countries attended animal care expo, and 1222 people attended tafa. Humane society institute for science and policy the humane society institute for science and policy (hsisp) works to integrate the science of animal welfare into public policy and other forums. Hsisp focuses the energy and expertise of the hsus's cadre of scientists and other specialists on the most urgent public policy questions affecting animals worldwide, via conferences, consultations, and other channels. In 2014, hsisp expanded its digital asset repository - a curated on-line library - to facilitate access to useful animal welfare documents for a broad audience, and sponsored a conference on animal sentience that drew participants from around the world. Humane society academy through humane society academy, the hsus provides teaching materials and professional development to support teachers and humane educators. In 2014, the hsus reached hundreds of educators through the association of professional humane educators (aphe) conference, national service-learning conference, national afterschool association convention, online webinars, and the hsus's certified humane education specialist (ches) program. More than 565,000 students from kindergarten to 6th grade in 19,367 classrooms received age appropriate messages about animals and kindness in kind news. Through the adopt-a-classroom program, kind news remained america's number one humane education resource. The hsus also managed the shaw-worth and florence kaufelt student scholarships, and honored the national humane teacher with a special award. Faith outreach the faith outreach program engages people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues. In 2014, the program cultivated major faith leaders by co-hosting regional dinners in the midwest; creating a video series with nationally-known faith leaders; creating the hsus dharmic leadership council, and more. The faith outreach volunteer and ally program increased by 40 new volunteers and 300 allies, and hosted over 20 faith outreach events at local churches. In an effort to engage faith communities and individuals nationwide, the faith outreach program attracted 3,500 new supporters through its ongoing and seasonal campaigns including fill the bowl, humane backyard, eating mercifully, and st. Francis day in a box. The program continued to provide assistance for hsus public policy priorities by facilitating support from faith leaders for a variety of campaigns. The work of the faith outreach program was featured by a number of notable outlets including the new york times. The hsus los angeles office the hsus's los angeles office works with influential public figures from the world of entertainment, including actors, musicians, athletes, authors, and filmmakers, to raise awareness of the core campaigns and programs of the hsus through events, print advertisement and video campaigns, exposes, and other advocacy efforts such as public appeals, social media activity, opinion pieces, and endorsements for humane legislation. The hsus's dedicated celebrity supporters include james cromwell, betty white, woody harrelson, kristen bell, kaley cuoco-sweeting, kate mara, anjelica huston, martha stewart, jon bernthal, kesha, chase utley, and golden tate. The los angeles office acts as adviser for a variety of film and television projects - both documentary and narrative - to ensure and promote humane messaging, and encourages filmmakers to invest in alternatives to the use of exotic animal actors in their productions. Partnerships have included the groundbreaking documentary blackfish, through magnolia pictures, and darren aronofsky's global blockbuster, noah, through paramount pictures.

donated in-kind services reported per instructions: p&a: $21,167,406 legal services: $2,684,209 facilities rental: $4,935 advertising: $19,750 airline miles/tickets: $48,723 total: $23,925,023

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the last couple of years I have learned much more about what The Humane Society of the US does and am more impressed and more grateful than ever! The reach of their work is astounding! I appreciate they way they care for and seek justice for all animal species, including pets, wildlife and farm animals. They have people "on the ground" rescuing animals, meeting with corporations to promote more humane treatment of farm animals, as well as working to change laws to protect animals in all different kinds of situations. I appreciate HSUS so much and am proud to volunteer my help in any way I can!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with HSUS as a volunteer for nearly 20 years now as they work tirelessly for better antti-cruelty legislation, care for animals, help in disasters, and do so many good works, it is impossible to list here. With an organization as large and influential as HSUS, you will hear from their detractors loud and clear. THE NEG REVIEWS BELOW ARE WRITTEN BY THOSE HIRED TO ATTACK HSUS.Y HSUS is comprised of people who deeply love animals. But they are constantly and vehemently harrassed by the State Farm Bureaus who actually harrassed me and my fellow volunteers on the street as we collect signature on petitions. People who make a living by selling/trading Exotic Pets are cruel, selfish, and greedy people. I have spent weeks helping take care of dogs and cats in horrible condtion who were rescued from large so called 'sanctuaries'. Those who run them are criminals.

5 lcbrns921

Volunteer

Rating: 1

HSUS sponsors ALF and is no different than any other home grown terrorist group. I did not know I was volunteering to terrorize people out of their pets and to wind having most of them killed. They abuse the victims of these raids, plant false evidence and make false charges. I saw them spray urine on puppies and smear than with feces when taking them out of their kennels. They pushed the owners physically no matter their age or gender. They treated these human being like trash for owning pets. Although some had more than most people most of them were well fed although not all were groomed. But they were healthy and particularly saddening for me was to go to raid a sanctuary. In sanctuaries you will see animals with infections or under weight who have been recently taken in to the sanctuary for safety. However, HSUS raids were conducted on sanctuaries instead of giving these sanctuaries money to help care for these animals at their last place of rescue they took them and killed then and not only that destroyed the sanctuaries building and houses for the animals. This was sickening. I felt like I was a nazi collecting jews for concentration camp killings. This organization is sick throughout. I am sending my information in through a friend because these people are really scary.

amyk1980

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HSUS does work to fight animal cruelty on the national scale. While the HSUS doesn't pay operating costs for local shelters -- no organization could as there are over 5000 local shelters in the country -- it does a great deal to assist them.

The HSUS provides training initiatives for local animal shelters, hosts the nation's largest trade and educational show for shelter professionals, and maintains national shelter standards. It launched the first ever national advertising campaign to promote the adoption of shelter animals. The HSUS also has major advocacy campaigns to combat animal cruelty, dogfighting and cockfighting, Canada's notorious baby seal hunt, and large-scale puppy mills. Its Animal Rescue Team deploys in response to natural disasters, working with other organizations to rescue, shelter and reunite lost animals with their families.

I volunteer and give financial support to my local shelter, but I also volunteer and support the HSUS. The work of both organizations is critical to animal welfare in the United States.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is simply the most effective organization in the country working on behalf of animals. I donate and volunteer for the HSUS for several reasons. First, they work on behalf of ALL animals, whether that means helping to pass laws against shark finning, cockfighting, or getting farm animals out of cruel, intensive confinement. Second, the HSUS works to strike at the root of animal cruelty. This includes busing puppy mills, raiding dog fighting rings, protesting the seal and whale hunts, working for truth in labeling about fur, working against canned hunts and internet shoots, etc. If you rescue an animal, you help that animal, but if you pass a law, you help millions of animals. This is what the HSUS does best. The HSUS also provides direct care for thousands of animals through its five sanctuaries as well as its humane veterinary care program and other programs. No, the HSUS does not fund local shelters. If it tried, it would run out of money in a week, and the homeless dogs and cats would just keep coming. But the HSUS helps shelters in many ways including publishing Animal Sheltering mangazine, running the annual Animal Care Expo, providing shelter visits and consultations, etc. There is simply no other organization that can do what the HSUS does on a national scale every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Of course they don't spend their money on shelter animals. They spend it where it most needs to go - factory farming, fur, experimentation...the big guns. Billions of animals die for food, and that is where the focus of the future must be. Those who claim they're being targeted by HSUS must have something they're hiding that they need to change. So change it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with both my HSUS State Director, as well as some of the folks in the D.C. office. I have been involved with many non-profits, and never have I witnessed such dedication, selflessness and ethics in the operation of a non-profit.

In addition, the large scope of activities HSUS is involved in is amazing. From local shelter assistance to wildlife sanctuaries to helping shape humane legislation for all animals - companion animals, livestock and wildlife - they are the most effective agency for protecting the voiceless.

As a volunteer and donor to this organization, I cannot say enough about the valuable work they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the Ohioans for Humane Farms campaign, which was backed by the HSUS and saw first-hand how dedicated the staff at HSUS are. These people truly care about the welfare of all animals and are willing to dedicate many hours of their personal time to ensure that animals are treated humanely. I will join them in their fight for animal rights any day!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped with a ballot initiative in Ohio that The Humane Society helped organize. Everyone in the organization is professional, passionate and committed to animal welfare. After witnessing their operation first hand I know that every penny I donate to the Humane Society is used wisely to help animals. Actually seeing how efficient their operation is has made me commit to monthly giving.

1 Cathy C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with the HSUS to pass stronger laws to protect farm animals in Ohio. The HSUS organized a statewide campaign and brought awareness to the 8 million pigs and 27 million hens in intensive confinement on farms in the state. Many people with an economic interest in keeping the status quo did not like the campaign, but over 500,000 people signed the ballot petition in just three months, a state record for signature gathering. Obviously there was a lot of support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is a wonderful organization that helps animals on a daily basis in many different ways. They work for better laws to protect animals in puppy mills, factory farms, fighting operations, and more. They provide direct care for thousands of animals in their five sanctuaries. They support local shelters with direct grants and professional development, resources, and tens of thousands of free spay and neuters around the country. And they perform direct rescues of animals in hoarding situations, fighting rings, puppy mills, and natural disasters on an almost weekly basis. The HSUS is my favorite animal nonprofit, worth every dime of the money I donate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with the HSUS during the California Proposition 2 campaign. They offered classes in campaign strategy and public speaking that I found very educational and effective. The CEO, Wayne Pacelle, came to California on many occasions during this campaign. He and California director, Jennifer Fearing, brought some of us to meetings with editorial staff from major newspapers and met with volunteers at public hearings. Overall I found the organization to be committed, honest, appreciative of volunteer help and a very effective organization that improves the lives of all animals. Since that campaign I have attended conferences sponsored by the HSUS and attended their Lobby Days in California and in D.C. They always provide me with educational materials and always let me know how appreciative they are of my commitment

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

Less than 1% of the money HSUS collects actually goes to help real cats and dogs. Don't waste your money by giving it to HSUS. Give it to your local shelters, who need support helping the animals in your area that need it.