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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

125 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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Less than 1% of your donations go to actually physically helping animals in need (taken from your own annual accountancy reports) - that is scandalous and shows how dishonest a group you are, taken money from 'real' animal rescue groups/shelters with all your continuous false advertising.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

HSUS has changed from an Animal Welfare org to an Animal Rights org run by by avowed Vegan Wayne Pacelle, and and Vegan and ALF member John Goodwin. Their true agenda is not to save animals but to remove animals from our lives as companions and food animals. A hard look at their own Tax Reports will show less than 1% of donations filter down to the very shelter's that donors think they are helping. Check out their website and notice the all Vegan recipes, go to any HSUS run conference and see that the menu is ALWAYS VEGAN.
HSUS runs NO shelters .. NONE! They do show up at disasters (which is what they SHOULD be doing) as long as the cameras are rolling. They collect millions in donations for Katrina, Haiti, The Gulf, Missouri, etc. but most of that money is used for lobbying , pensions, and big salaries, not for the victims of said disasters.

I used to be a supporter, but no more. Their vegan, anti-pet, anti-meat agenda is far removed from the original purpose of Cleveland Amory's Humane society. Their manipulation of generous, soft-hearted Americans is sickening and dishonest.

1 Bonnie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

There is nothing great aout HSUS except their abiity to raise money under false pretenses. They do NOT fund any local shelters and many people who donate to them don't know that! It is a very left wing group with hidden agendas that have nothing to do with helping animals. The ads they run sound like they are helping animals, but in reaiity, they are more aimed at crippling the agricultural industry. HSUS doesn't say it too loudly, but you can find the information if you look--they want to turn our society into a vegan one.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I find it sad that HSUS masquerades as a welfare organization but is more actually political lobbyist than anything else. Even if they gave 10% of their millions to brick & mortar shelters, that would be a vast improvement of the less than 1% that they currently donate. They're more about photo ops & a vegan agenda than actually helping animals.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

HSUS is a terrible organization. They disguise their anti-agriculture/anti-pet ownership agenda as an animal welfare org. They play on people's emotions to steal their money then use it to push their agenda and line their pockets. They mislead people into believing that they are using their donations to help animals, when in reality, they kill more animals than they save! Beware of this organization if you love animals and care about our hard working farmers!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Those that support H$U$ continuely try to deflect attention to the facts by attacking the messenger. If one was to ignore all information about the messenger, and deal strictly with the facts, it would be discovered that H$U$ runs continous misleading ad campaigns to solicit donations, spends money on promotional items to get more money, with NO FACTUAL documentaion showing that the money they have donated to them gets donated to hands on shelters in substantial amounts. Instead to blubbering slanderous attacks against the messenger, I challenge anyone to produce DOCUMENTED FACTS to support their claim that H$US does not give the majority of the money donated to them to salaries, pension funds, and political lobbying. Don't bother replying with opinions, or feel good stories. Please provide FACTS that I can personally look at and draw my own conclusion from. I've taken the time to examin the existing documentation that I can find and have reached my own conclusions without being blindly led by anyone. Have YOU??

1 Erik W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This "animal rights" organization, does more harm than good. They spend more money on lobbying than anything else, next is the salary for their execs. Not only do they take money away from local shelters that need it, and donate less than 1% to actually animals, but they along with their sidekick PETA, interfere with conservation efforts around the globe. Their representatives had publicly declared at town meetings, that they want no animals in captivity within 10 years. Including cats and dogs. They also frame people for illegal activity and spread smear campaigns.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If you want your local shelters to be helped with thier homeless animal DO NOT donate to HSUS Less than 1% of thier 100 million a year goes to the animals. Their ads give the impression that it is going to your local shelters but it is not. They attend all high profile events and use that event to get more donations .

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I lump the HSUS in with the ASPCA and PETA. They all play on the publics sympathy to make money and further their causes. Animal welfare has little if anything to do with their goals. If it did, they would support animal shelters with a little more than words. They claim credit that is not theirs to claim and the steal $$ from those who deserve it.

Donate to your local shelters (unless they are are associated with one of the aforementioned) and become a member of an organization that supports pet owners rights!

1 Kelsey B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Self-serving, tax-evading, and misleading. This nonprofit looks like a umbrella of humane societies or shelters, but it is not. While some of the things it has done, and continues to do, will benefit animals, the agenda of the organization is essentially to separate animals and man...as in extremist vegan and anti-companion pets. The ads I have seen on TV say that my donations go to help the (neglected/abused animals in the pound) but they don't state how. Upon researching, they do it by regulating man's ability to keep animals and how they keep them, not by supporting the animals in the pound, or their vet bills, or to start up/continue supporting shelters.