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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

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11 Sandy85

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am amazed by the dedicated people in the animal protection field--staff, volunteers and interns--and the various organizations working to make animals' lives better. The HSUS continues to impress me by its steady stream of successess for all kinds of animals and how its always trying to do better and come at issues from many different angles. Thank you for helping all animals!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HSUS is making unprecedented advancements in animal welfare both nationally and internationally. They are simply the premier organization for enacting change.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HSUS has done tremendous work for the animals. From training law enforcement officers on how to investigate cruelty cases, to lobbying for stronger laws to protect animals, to hands-on work with animals in crisis...they have wide-ranging programs that work to protect all animals. Their work with local shelters and rescue groups (not affiliated with the national organization, HSUS) helps to raise the bar in animal protection and provides much-needed tools, ideas and best practices to local communities.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many people don't understand the scope and mission of the HSUS. It is NOT a shelter. It is a lobbying group that helps promote social change in regards to animal welfare. They fight the fight the "little guys" can't. Every humane law out there, we owe to HSUS.

Their financial support of smaller shelters doing good work is exceptional.

14 Adam50

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

HSUS and it's defenders respond to criticism by accusing opponents of operating as fronts for animal torturers. I would argue that HSUS itself is a front for the dregs of the fundraising industry. HSUS has been much more than a client of it's multinational mail mills Quadriga Art and Market Development Group. HSUS has been deeply involved for decades in the overseas operations of both. Quadriga was at the center of a blistering CNN expose that led to a 2014 $25 million settlement with the New York Attorney General. Market Development Group has been exposed all over Europe for operating dozens of scam and even fake charities - 22 just in France alone.

HSUS donors need to know that Market Development Group's donor list division rents and sells the personal information of HSUS donors to some of the worst F rated "charities" in the country. MDG markets ELEVEN HSUS lists. MDG's list division is one of a very few that is not a member of the Direct Marketing Association. It has "no privacy policy." Huge red flags. If you give as little as $5 to HSUS or any of it's subsidiaries, your personal info will remain on the market for 60 months aka 5 years.

HSUS is run by predators and has been for decades. If only more people knew where HSUS donations really go, they could redirect their hard earned contributions and save the lives of our furry buddies.

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The Humane Society of the United States is not what it seems. **HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter** Despite the words “humane society” in its name, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) isn’t affiliated with any community-based humane societies or other pet shelters. , According to HSUS’s 2008 tax return, less than half of one percent (0.5%) of HSUS budget consisted of grants to hands-on pet shelters. And in 2009, again according to HSUS’s the tax returns, less than one percent of HSUS’s budget (0.8%, to be exact) consisted of grants to shelters. Donations go to lobbyists for anti-pet, pro AR extremist agenda, and HSUS pension fund.

Get the facts. HSUS is not what it seems.

3 Karin6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nationally known activist for animal welfare and human health issues. My work currently in bringing an end to commercial horse slaughter in North America brings me in contact with the efforts of The Humane Society of the United States and their opposition daily. From being personally involved in this conflict with the Agriculture Industry and fighting for exposure and education with the public, I have found that HSUS is currently being attacked by organizations intent upon spreading misinformation and lies in attempts to affect the funding, lobbying efforts and litigation effectively gained by this very worthwhile organization. HSUS was never set up to primarily support local shelters. They are the most effective advocacy, lobbying, litigation and enforcement agency for animals in the U.S. The work they have done to create and enforce legislation that protects animals from abuse, specifically in the Research and Agriculture fields is the reason why they are being attacked. Bottom line, to treat animals with respect, care and prevent abuse in these industries is much, much more expensive and HSUS does not let up. They are affecting these companies and corporations "bottom line" and that is why illegitimate organizations such as HumaneWatch exist. The fact they are being attacked is evidence of how effective they really are. The Ag Industry plays down and dirty. They make money off killing animals. Humane chemical euthanasia is the ONLY humane way to extinguish unwanted animal life on this planet. Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Get an education yourself and research this very reputable and effective organization today. They are worth all of our support and encouragement.

8 Howard8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I have met Wayne Pacelle of HSUS and attended several workshops and presentations by paid staff. I have discovered that their goal is the elimination of all domestic species. They present a case for ending the eating of meat that is not scientifically valid and they use their funds to push laws that do harm to animals in the long run. HIs goal is to control the food supply and to limit all Americans to a vegan diet by controlling access to the food supply. He gets around people by lying to them and pretending he cares about animals when in fact he has and has said so, no real attachment to animals. He pretends to make the lower amount of CEO's in his level of position, but what he does not say is that all of his living expenses are paid for by HSUS. He is a true con man and his goals for this country are not in the best interest of our farmers, our animals or our citizens who love their animals. In fact I would go so far as to say he is a danger to all species of animals including the human species because he is out for the power to destroy not build or save. He is interested only in what you can offer him in the way of control. He is a dangerous man and he has built a cult like staff around him all looking like ken and barbie dolls with these blank unseeing minds following his every word like zombies. They do not understand the nutritional needs of the human body, let alone what an infant needs nor do they understand how to care of any animal. They even put out a vegan dog food and a vegan cat food which is a slow death for these animals.

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sarahbarnett 01/16/2013

I work at the HSUS Howard, and your comment is riddled with misinformation. Many of us, including our CEO, are pet owners, and share a bond with our animals, as well as others. We work to end animal cruelty, and that ranges from shutting down puppy mills to ending egregious forms of wildlife abuse. We are there for all animals, and that includes farm animals. That is why we work together with farmers and ranchers who treat their animals with compassion to stop cruelty to farm animals as well. I would like to assume most people will take your review with a grain of salt, since you're accusing people of being zombies, but I wanted to address the issues you raised for those that are curious.

Review from CharityNavigator

17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As a veterinarian, I know many people that have donated to HSUS who think their money is going to be distributed to local animal shelters. If you look at their tax returns you will see that less than .7% of their money goes back to any shelters. They do not own or operate any animal shelters. I have studied their website and followed them for years. Everything about them is designed deception to bring in money-primarily pet owners who love animals. Send your donations directly to you local shelters. They are 100% local and 100% volunteer and extremely underfunded.

Review from Guidestar

9 Vanessa W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The HSUS is very disappointing. They claim to be experts on animals but often know little to nothing. They harness the goodwill and expertise of those who do, but don't give them credit. They mislead the public on their true agenda -which is the elimination of all domestic animals. The purposely create division among others in animal care fields. In short they do little to help animals and lie about their true intentions.