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: 5 stars  

I've seen many important animal protection laws passed thanks to HSUS. Their enemies complain they are lobbyists, but that's our most effective tool in animal advocacy!

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

Saw how laws protect animals

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Send us more info on how to get laws passed locally.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The HSUS makes no claim to support local shelters, but in so many ways it does precisely that. HSUS is present in all 50 states, and is active in helping law enforcement, and other agencies bring justice to animals who are suffering because of abuse, abandonment, natural disasters and hoarding (amongst the many crimes perpetrated against animals). They are a preeminent example of what a non profit organization should do with its money. The organization's honesty, integrity and mission are rock solid.

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I helped rescue animals and was affiliated with HSUS, and worked with a variety of rescues and families to get animals reunited with their families.

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Would cut people who try to say that the HSUS is not honest about their money. They need to be banned from this and every other public forum.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keeping the pet disaster rescue plan handy because there is no way I/m leaving them behind no matter what!

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Saw how they rescue during disasters and hope I will never need the help.

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

I can't think of anything

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Rating: 5 stars  

I heard Wayne Pacelle on my radio show! He really cares about innocent creatures!

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I love Bob Barker but maybe Wayne is the new king

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

Stop puppy mills!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love all HSUS does to combat puppy mills and the fact they have 6 sanctuaries caring for more animals than anyone in the US

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Witnessed puppy mill rescues.

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

Expose Humanewatch as the puppy mill group that it is. That's why they hate HSUS

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS
(The Humane Society of the United States)

1. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a “humane society” in name only, since it doesn’t operate a single pet shelter or pet adoption facility anywhere in the United States. HSUS operates sanctuaries for large animals only, not shelters within the commonly accepted definition of shelter. During 2006, HSUS contributed only 4.2 percent of its budget to organizations that operate hands-on dog and cat shelters. In reality, HSUS is a wealthy animal-rights lobbying organization (the largest and richest on earth) that agitates for the same goals as PETA and other radical groups.

2. Beginning on the day of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s2007 dog fighting indictment, HSUS raised money online with the false promise that it would “care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case.” The New York Times later reported that HSUS wasn’t caring for Vick’s dogs at all. And HSUS president Wayne Pacelle told the Times that his group recommended that government officials “put down” (that is, kill) the dogs rather than adopt them out to suitable homes. HSUS later quietly altered its Internet fundraising pitch.

3. HSUS’s senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California veal processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.” That same year, Goodwin was arrested at a UC Davis protest celebrating the 10-year anniversary of an ALF arson at the university that caused $5 million in damage. And in 1998, Goodwin described himself publicly as a “former member of ALF.”

4.HSUS raised a reported $34 million in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, supposedly to help reunite lost pets with their owners. But comparatively little of that money was spent for its intended purpose. Louisiana’s Attorney General shuttered his 18-month-long investigation into where most of these millions went, shortly after HSUS announced its plan to contribute $600,000 toward the construction of an animal shelter on the grounds of a state prison. Public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations add up to less than $7 million.

5. After gathering undercover video footage of improper animal handling at a Chino, CA slaughterhouse during November of 2007, HSUS sat on its video evidence for three months, even refusing to share it with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. HSUS’s Dr. Michael Greger testified before Congress that the San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney’s office asked the group “to hold on to the information while they completed their investigation.” But the District Attorney’s office quickly denied that account, even declaring that HSUS refused to make its undercover spy available to investigators if the USDA were present at those meetings. Ultimately, HSUS chose to release its video footage at a more politically opportune time, as it prepared to launch a livestock-related ballot campaign in California. Meanwhile, meat from the slaughterhouse continued to flow into the U.S. food supply for months.

6. According to a 2008 Los Angeles Times investigation, less than 12 percent of money raised for HSUS by California telemarketers actually ends up in HSUS’s bank account. The rest is kept by professional fundraisers. And if you exclude two campaigns run for HSUS by the “Build-a-Bear Workshop” retail chain, which consisted of the sale of surplus stuffed animals (not really “fundraising”), HSUS’s yield number shrinks to just 3 percent. Sadly, this appears typical. In 2004, HSUS ran a telemarketing campaign in Connecticut with fundraisers who promised to return a minimum of zero percent of the proceeds. The campaign raised over $1.4 million. Not only did absolutely none of that money go to HSUS, but the group paid $175,000 for the telemarketing work.

7. Research shows that HSUS’s heavily promoted U.S. “boycott” of Canadian seafood—announced in 2005 as a protest against Canada’s annual seal hunt—is a phony exercise in media manipulation. A 2006 investigation found that 78 percent of the restaurants and seafood distributors described by HSUS as “boycotters” weren’t participating at all. Nearly two-thirds of them told surveyors they were completely unaware HSUS was using their names in connection with an international boycott campaign. Canada’s federal government is on record about this deception, saying: “Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years … it’s no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott.”

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www.AnimalScam.com www.ActivistCash.com www.consumerfreedom.com
Revised October 2008. Complete sources and documentation available upon request.


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

Seeing raids made by this FAKE charity on unsuspecting breeders just trying to do the best they can.

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

Send all the money they collect to LOCAL charities instead of politicians.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The negative reviews here are from puppy millers and inhumane farmers. They sure do hate HSUS with good reason! Go get em Wayne Pacelle!!

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

Successful legislation that protects all animals.

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

Hire a state director where I live.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having volunteered several times for their disaster/emergency response team, I can say that they honestly make a huge impact, and nearly everywhere they send aid, people's perspectives about the organization is changed for the better. So much misinformation is out there, so many people trying to mislead and badmouth because the money doesn't usually go directly to local shelters... the money goes to helping at dozens- hundreds some years, I think- of emergency situations or disaster responses. Local shelters and local governments aren't able to handle the burden of cost or personnel to deal with things that HSUS does- their budgets just don't stretch to cover that kind of thing, and it's not something that HSUS can just 'toss money at and stay out' because government just doesn't work that way, so forget it all you Humanewatchers who'd rather HSUS just donate the money and get out. Local places, like Joplin, need the expertise and experience HSUS staff, contractors, and volunteers can bring to the table. A random volunteer off the street may not have the training necessary to deal with disaster victims, and the national government/FEMA has regulations now that mean locales /have/ to know if their workers and volunteers are able to handle the situation. And HSUS trains their volunteers so that they are able to do whatever is needed. They are awesome, and work so hard to help thousands upon thousands of animals of all species every year.

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

national animal disaster response

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

expand the emergency response team- I know they are stretched thin enough already, I wish they would expand the team so they can respond whenever they are called.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I fully support HSUS. They have always been upfront about their mission and where their money goes. They help All animals, including Farm animals, companion animals, Exotics, Wildlife this is way beyond the scope of local shelters. If people want to support only local shelters then go for it. The HSUS and its supporters have a larger mission.

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I had friends in Joplin that were helped by HSUS

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

Spend more on their underpaid staff

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Rating: 1 stars  

HSUS has so much potential to make a huge impact with their large budget, but what a shame that only a fraction of one percent goes to hands-on animal care. As an agriculture advocate and educator, I find HSUS to be a dangerously powerful and misleading organization. It's only a matter of time before the public becomes educated about the misconception of HSUS and begins donating to local shelters instead.

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NO WHERE. I have never encountered ANY results from this organization. I have seen "puppy mill" raids in Southeast Missouri, only to discover that those animals were dropped off at local shelters, without a dime of support for those animals, causing the shelter to be over run. All the while HSUS is standing in the spotlight taking all the glory.

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

want them to earmark at least half of their operating budget for direct animal care. What a difference that could make in thousands of animal's lives!

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