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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

101 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 Dominique E.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am living in Belgium but I have been a donor to HSUS for a few years now. They are great and they do a great job. They should get as much support as possible along with other non-profits like 'Big cats rescue' and so many others

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Powerful lobbyist for animals, strong voice for those who cannot speak.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Im an EX-Donor after I read about this recently:
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Exposed: Stripped of Charity Rating After $15 Million Payout http://www.hfa.org/pdf/Corruption-RICO_Lawsuit-HSUS.pdf

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sarahbarnett 10/23/2014

Hi cpmondello, I work at The Humane Society of the US, and would encourage you to read more about the source here: http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2014/08/hfa-rick-berman.html. I've also send you a private message with more information, and hope to hear from you so we can address any other concerns you have.

2 Jaclyn S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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1 Kathy148

Donor

Rating: 5

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.....

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.