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: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have stopped donating to this organization. They have paid $15 million of donated funds in a scandal associated with the Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering (RICO) suit. Wayne Pacelle, CEO, Mike Markarian, VP, John Lovvorn, VP have all been accused of illicit witness payments. The Charity Navigator has suspended it's rating of HSUS and recommends donors re-evaluate their donations.

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2014

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5 people found this review helpful

If you want to know the truth about HSUS, just download their annual tax returns on Guidestar, then do the math yourself like I did. You don't have to be an accountant to figure out that LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the money this organization receives each year goes to help shelter animals. You will see that the rest of the money is going in the pockets of executives, lobbyists, attorneys and employee pension funds, and of course to make those heartbreaking commercials showing the sad eyed puppies and kittens in shelters, with their paws reaching through their cages and making you believe that if you send money to HSUS, you will help save those little lives. If you review their tax returns, you will see that they do not have a shelter and they are not out saving shelter animals as they would like you to believe from their commercials. Read their Tax Returns and do the math ~ it is all there. Giving the impression that they save shelter pets is just a marketing angle devised to play on your emotions, break your heart, and make you reach for your check book. If you want to help shelter animals, donate to your local shelter or rescue group ~ they always need pet food, cat litter and help paying veterinary expenses. Sign up to be a volunteer, foster, or adopt a shelter pet and save a life.

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

Stop the false advertising would be at the top of my list ~

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Humane Society of the United States does incredible work for all animals - from dogs to seals, elephants to pigs, and all living beings in between! I've been encouraging all of my friends and family to donate.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Statistics show that the HSUS only gives 1% of the publics donations to local pet shelters. They do some good, but donating directly to a shelter is more worth your time and money. Large groups like the HSUS do help, though smaller shelters and rescue groups are more efficient and thankful (knowing from personal experience). Donate to local groups instead!

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2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Of all the organizations to protect animals, I see HSUS as the one with the most impact. They have a lot of support and they have a very practical approach. They're really getting it done, using moderate avenues. This is the one I choose to support with my time and money.

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Life-changing

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2013

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4 people found this review helpful

We have the power to build a new consensus, which rejects killing as a method for achieving results. And we can look forward to a time when the wholesale slaughter of animals in shelters is viewed as a cruel aberration of the past. We have a choice. We can fully, completely, and without reservation embrace No Kill as our future. Or we can continue to legitimize the two-pronged strategy of failure: adopt a few and kill the rest. It is a choice which history has thrown upon us. We are the generation that questioned the killing. We are the generation that has discovered how to stop it. Will we be the generation that does?

"Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. We can be that great generation."

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

Implement components of the No Kill Equation.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

First, people need to be aware that the HSUS is a LOBBYIST GROUP... They are strictly for Animal RIGHTS (Big difference than Animal Welfare). They donate less than 1% of their donations to the actual Humane Societies and other Shelters which is unacceptable considering their tear jerker commercials of dogs needing help. Also, it is very well documented that they do NOT support "Pit Bulls"... Any dog fighting raids they are a part of, they very vocally and to the Judge state clearly they want ALL the dogs destroyed including the new born puppies!! HSUS have proven to be no friend of the Pit Bulls by calling for their destruction! They called for ALL of Mike Vick's dogs to be killed! Fortunately for those Dogs, other Organizations stepped up to save the dogs! HSUS wants an end to all pet ownership. DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETIES and Rescues and other Local Organizations! They are NOT affiliated with the HSUS!!

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12 people found this review helpful

I was very disappointed to find that money we donated for Katrina victims was largely "banked" by HSUS. They spent a very small portion of donations in LA and kept the lion's share for themselves. I now know that this is the way they operate, using a "bait & switch" method of fund raising , using tragedies to obtain money for bloated pensions, political donations and lobbying.

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

Ask for in IRS investigation into their tax exempt status due to large amounts of political donations and lobbying.

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A little

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2009

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Rating: 1 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

The Humane Society makes the majority of their profits by advertising dogs and cats in desperate and terrible situations. Much of their money goes towards lobbying, salaries and putting agricultural families out of business! Instead of working with farmers and ranchers, they sneak around and try to make themselves look good. I am especially disappointed that though they advertise the way they do, they only provide 1% of what they make to local shelters, who REALLY could use the money. They are so dishonest! Money would be better spent donating to your local animal shelter.

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No

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None

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2007

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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have just read a lot of negative comments about Wayne Pacelle and The Humane Society of US. Only 1% of donations goes to shelters. Pacelle doesn't like animals. He was/is a supporter of Michael Vick. True or false?

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

If above is true...fire Pacelle.

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No

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A little

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2012

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