The Humane Society of the United States

Rating: 3.06 stars   356 reviews

Address:

2100 L Street, NW Washington DC 20037 USA

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

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Reviews for The Humane Society of the United States

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

I volunteered to collect signatures for the Ohioans for Humane Farms campaign. An unbelieveable 500,000 signatures were collected in just 3 months, and the HSUS used them to get better laws for all animals in Ohio.

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

Meeting others who care as much about animals as I do.

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

Professional, organized, compassionate and committed

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

Help even more animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Prop2 California

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

send less junk

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Their support in eliminating the unscrupulous and inhumane horse slaughter industry in the U.S. (I own and train horses). I've also seen their work in disaster response, which is amazing.

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

None.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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!

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

many reforms have been made in Ohio due to the impact of the ballot initiative

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

not change anything

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

They successfully gathered close to 500 K signatures in just over three months.

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

I would ask them to have more press releases or advertising highlighting all the community services they provide such as investigating crimes, rescuing animals and helping local rescues. They fill a void in the services that have been scaled back by recent government budget cuts. I am very proud of having been associated with The Humane Society!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

All the laws that that HSUS sought to protect farm animals in Ohio came to fruition, not by force, but by an agreement with the Ohio Farm Bureau.

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

Go work for them in a paid capacity

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

This fall in Ohio the HSUS rescued over 200 pit bulls from a fighting operation, the largest rescue of its kind ever. Almost all of those dogs have new homes now, thanks to the HSUS. I also volunteered on the humane farms campaign in Ohio this spring. Thanks to the HSUS, the state farm bureau now recognizes that this is a consumer movement that they should listen to, and a compromise agreement was reached. The HSUS has been working directly with the state livestock care board ever since.

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

None.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

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

The California Prop 2 campaign

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

Elect Wayne Pacelle as the president of the United States

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

...I really don't know where I've seen results...there are few results... and the few results there are don't seem to be for anything good.

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

Spend money that it already has on actually saving animals instead of either killing animals, letting them die, or banning them from existing. (Banning them in captivity when they can't survive in the wild- meaning banning them from being able to exist.)

 
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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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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