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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Humane Society of the United States is an incredible animal protection organization. They exist to solve major problems & to protect as many animals as possible. Some groups like Humanewatch (a DC front group) say they want the HSUS to fund local Humane Societies, but this is only part of the story. Humanewatch & many of the people against the HSUS profit from the exploitation of animals. It would help them if the HSUS was less powerful & effective.

The HSUS was created to protect ALL ANIMALS. They fight against route causes of animal suffering, by changing laws & educating the public. The HSUS fights against factory farms, puppy mills, dog fighting, seal clubbing, shark finning, the fur industry, exotic animal ownership/exploitation, horse slaughter, and all forms of exploitation. The HSUS is truly an amazing organization.

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

Make the HSUS even more powerful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support HSUS because of its fiscal responsibility and its common sense approach to animal welfare issues.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION WITH LOCAL IMPACT: One thing that confuses people about HSUS is that is not a group that runs local shelters. It's biggest challenge is brand confusion. HSUS focuses on national issues that are too big for local shelters to take on or that cross state lines and are actually outside the jurisdiction of local or state systems (e.g. dog fighting rings, puppy mills, farm animals, wildlife protection, to name just a few). This does not mean they don't support community or shelter programs. Their research helps shelters make decisions about care, their Pets for Life program offers low cost vet services to underserved communities and their wildlife services help local government and organizations deal with significant wildlife challenges (i.e. deer population). We need an organization that has the big picture so local organizations have a resource to tap when they need it.
BALANCED APPROACH: What is more, HSUS takes a balanced approach to animal welfare issues unlike some other animal welfare groups. For example, they don't oppose hunting for food, they oppose canned hunting. They don't oppose farming, they oppose factory farming. To me, if you love animals all of their advocacy is just common sense.
EFFICIENCY: HSUS has in impressive number of programs. But the way the organization is structured there is accountability and efficiency within each program so there is no bloat, no cracks for money to fall through. It's impressive.
I am both a donor and volunteer with this organization because I feel it is worth my time and money. Every single person I've met at HSUS could be doing something else but has chosen to dedicate their lives to helping animals.

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I am a long time supporter of the HSUS as they are doing a fantastic job to help all animals--from dogs and cats to chickens and seals. As an animal protection organization, the HSUS gives some of the most silenced animals a fighting chance by providing services to more than 100,000 animals each year through its rescue, sanctuaries, veterinary care, and other programs. Additionally, the HSUS is the number one advocacy organization preventing cruelty to millions of animals through education and policy campaigns while also providing excellent training and materials to animal care professionals. The HSUS takes on the most horrendous abusers--puppy mills, factory farmers and other major corporations and trades involved with cruelty to animals. The HSUS stands up for ALL animals and their efforts are so very much needed to enact long-lasting change through new humane policies and community outreach. The nonprofit is building a more humane world, and I am so happy to help them in any way that I can.

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1 person found this review helpful

This organization truly cares about their mission. They have hired the right people and do the best job for fighting for animal welfare.

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SUPER......all the way. Wayne P. knows what he is doing. He has saved MILLIONS of animals in my state alone. Have closely followed his work for years. Wayne is a GENIUS. ALL who are intelligent follow Wayne.....

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

None. People need to take it upon themselves to get the material they need to read about this organization. ALL the information is OUT THERE. TAX RETURNS, FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. Documents are not difficult to obtain. HSUS is very transparent about all activities in all the affiliates.

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I've been donating monthly and I have yet to find a reason to regret it. They focus on lobbying for better laws for animal protection and more enforcement of those laws, and they are quite powerful and successful, inciting the wrath of powerful opponents, opponents who are trying to protect their right to treat animals as they will in order to most profit from them (such as using battery cages for egg-laying hens and puppy mills and killing local wild animals). HSUS actually try really hard to work with people who practice animal cruelty in their business to help them turn a profit while ALSO treating animals humanely, yet they of course focus first and foremost on animals and ending their suffering as soon as possible. Helping animals in shelters is important for the now (and I think is important, so I also donate to and volunteer at a local one), while helping HSUS is important for the now AND the future. BTW, I love their magazine, All Animals, which is just one example of their professionalism and transparency.

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

I would love to volunteer during a puppy mill raid or such, but they seem to only want people who know what they're doing, lol, which I guess I don't really want them to change...

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I became a member of the HSUS, when one of their agents helped get improvements made for impounded animals in my city in 1974. At the time I was impressed with the outreach and accomplishments of the organization, when it was a lot smaller than it is now. Over the years, I have been thrilled with the organization, as it grew into the effective organization that it is today.

The HSUS was founded in 1954 to do what small local or regional humane organizations cannot do, including working on state and national legislation. I have had opportunities to work on grassroots efforts with the HSUS on legislative issues.

The work of the HSUS is fully explained on its vast website, its magazines and in its official history, that was published on its 50th anniversary. As a volunteer in various aspeccts of humane work on a local level, information from the HSUS was always just a phone call away.

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

engage in a long period of study and analysis before I made changes, if any.

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I have been a proud member of the HSUS since 1974 - almost 40 years. During that time, I have had the priviledge of knowing several staff members personally and many others through phone and e-mail contacts as I am also an active volunteer in local humane work and have had reasons to contact the HSUS for information or advice from time to time. There is no more transparent organization than the HSUS. They display what they do on their website and in their frequently published magazine. If the HSUS says they did this or did that in connection with a large rescue effort, you will find newspaper and TV accounts that back up their claims. No other humane organization is attacked by animal abusers as widely as is the HSUS. And that is simply because the HSUS is exposing the cruelties that are suffered by animals, cruelties that are carefully hidden from the public - puppy mills, horse soring, and abuses within factory farms, to name a few. Those who profit from those enterprises involving cruelty to animals don't want the HSUS interfering in their business. They especially don't want the HSUS lobbying for better federal and state laws. Since it was only founded in 1954, the history of the HSUS and its purpose is well documented. By the way - the money donated for the Katrina rescue was all spent in the region, some of it being spent after the fact of the actual rescue, spent helping the companion animals in that region.

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

not make changes.

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I became acquainted with the HSUS in 1974, when one of their field agents helped bring about needed changes in the local municipal animal shelter where I live. At that time, the HSUS was much smaller than it was today. In attending some of their educational seminars for volunteers and shelter workers in the 1970's, I became more acquainted with their work and was amazed at how much they got done with no larger employee base than they had at that time. I watched very carefully as the HSUS grew in size and function over the years. I have not been disappointed. During the time between 1974 and the present, I have stayed involved in local and state issues and projects relating to animals, and have benefitted from the opportunities to learn more about humane issues from the HSUS by attending seminars, conferences, and the HSUS EXPO events as well as simply calling them up on the phone and discussing my concerns. I believe that my relationship with various agents of the HSUS is the only thing that has kept me active in the humane movement. As I obviously watch the HSUS very closely, I could sit here for a very long time cataloging the things they do to help animals in a meaningful way. Best I just say for those who want to know more about the organization, just go to their website, read their press releases and click on the button that says "News." I am particularly interested in their rescue efforts - rescuing animals in natural disasters and assisting law enforcement agencies in investigating dog fights, puppy mills and hoarder cases. I also like reading about their involvement in these cases in the general media - that is on TV station and newspaper websites. You will find, as I have, that the news media backs up the HSUS website reports of their involvement in these cases.

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The Humane Society is the preeminent animal welfare organization in the world.

It is the primary target of the most wealthy anti-animal welfare organizations and ag groups. That in itself should tell you how well they do what they do.

I am a proud member and advocate for HSUS. I am very thankful to have them fighting for the animals. They do so many good things for all animals, and I look forward to helping them in the future.

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I am grateful for organizations such as the Humane Society. They are constantly addressing issues of interest to me. I am glad to say that this year I chose to donate to HSUS and I feel my money is well spent given they address a multitude of issues and very well at that. I highly recommend them and look forward to continuing my support for them next year and beyond.

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I've donated to the HSUS every month for years. It's pitiful, really, because I am now learning how much my donations have been truly used to benefit animals directly. They won't answer me when I ask them not to spam me with their requests for money. They won't answer me when I try to volunteer at their local program. I tried calling their Gaithersburg, Md office twice and left a voicemail, but no one answered or called back. I am saddened to hear people say how great the organization is because I really wish that were true. I want to help animals not executives' pockets, so I will be sending my money directly to my local shelter from now on, and no "gift" in the mail is going to change my mind.

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Hi Hmmm, I work at HSUS, and am sorry to hear about your experience, if you post to our Facebook page, or message us there, we will gladly look into this for you. Our National Volunteer Center offers lots of great volunteer opportunities as well. As for donations, 80% go to programs to help animals, and we are rated a 4-star charity (the highest possible) by Charity Navigator, approved by the Better Business Bureau for all 20 standards for charity accountability, voted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia experts as the #1 high-impact animal protection group, and named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities. I hope you'll get in touch on Facebook or twitter, or you can email me at sbarnett@humanesociety.org, and I can look into the issues you were having.

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HSUS breaks its back to bring animal abuse to light. Keep on fighting HSUS!

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