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: 5 stars  

I have three cats that are very important to me. One was a stray and the other two were kittens of strays. The HSUS helps animals that are in need of a home or are abused/neglected or injured.

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I live in Oklahoma and I can tell you that HSUS has been invaluable in our state. 30 yrs ago they worked with my local animal group andw/ the OKC Animal Shelter to improve shelter conditions, improve, adoptions (adopting out neutered spayed, vaccinated animals) and change euthanasia methods. Since then HSUS has been involved in helping smaller OK towns build shelters. They've been involved in numerous cruelty investigations that resulted in arrest and punishment of animal abusers. The have conducted workshops to help law enforcement, shelter workers, and us animal advocates on numerous topics, not the least of which is response in emergency situations (we live in tornado Alley). So for all you HSUS naysayers, I personally, and my state, and hundreds of animals have benefitted greatly from HSUS on many levels.

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Rating: 2 stars  

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Someone please explain the charity navigator analysis of the FYE 2010/12 data. Fundraising expenses $53M. Program expenses $68.5M. Fundraising expenses 19.1%. Program expenses 77%. Using any reasonable math based on total revenue OR total expenses, program expenses are less than 77% and fundraising expenses are much higher than 19.1%. Charity navigator appears to be over-rating this charity. Fundraising expenses appear to be closer to 35% of total revenue and 42% of total expenses. What exactly are donors paying for?

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Humane Society of the United States is an organization that is actually helping animals. Anyone who is listening to what Humane Watch says against the Humane Society is being completely mislead. Humane Watch is only out to enslave animals to line the pockets of the people running the evil corporations profiting from cruel factory farming. Because the Humane Society is trying to prevent cruelty and protect farm animals, Humane Watch is trying to take them down. People, please do your research and you will see for yourselves. Bottom line: Humane Society = good. Humane Watch = evil.

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We NEED this organization for legislation purposes. They are big and powerful and can change the animal cruelty laws. So if you really love animals you will donate to your local shelters AND donate to this this very effective, hard-working organization. Donating only to animal shelters will not change any laws. We need to get laws changed to make animal cruelty a felony. The HSUS is big enough to do it.

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HSUS provides leadership in public policy issues that help companion and food animals live stress free lives. They started a new university to train new shelter managers who will reduce the astronomical numbers of animals euthanized each year. I have met their leadership team and they truely are very passionate about the work they do. Many are vegans. They have a pet friendly work place. They are the real deal. The work they do helps millions of animals in many ways.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The HSUS is on the front lines of animal welfare, and because of this, they are slandered by groups that profit from animal exploitation. Unfortunately, there is a selection of the general public that believes the lies spread by HumaneWatch. I live in a state that is known as being "puppy mill friendly" and I have seen the Humane Society acting on behalf of these neglected and exploited animals. I know that they do good work, not just for companion animals, but for all animals whose environment and well-being are at the mercy of humans and business. They are an essential organization.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I do support this charity as I feel only a large organization with a national presence can help with certain issues. However, I really really do not want all the stuff they send you in the mail and that I then end throwing out. No way/mechanism to tell them this. Think a LOT of money wasted this way.

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Someone wrote about the Center for Consumer Freedom bashing HSUS. I just want to say that CCF is a lobbying group who works for restaurants and the food and fur industry...Their job is to denigrate animals welfare and rights groups because of the threat animal rights groups pose to businesses and industries that deal in animals for food, clothing, and entertainment. If you check out their websites, that should become apparent. I suspect the person who posted the HSUS bashing message was a member of CCF...They are very busy little elves trying to manipulate people to abandon animal welfare organizations. I assure you, they don't like vegetarians, and they would NEVER recommend an animal charity. The bigger the organization, the more they go after it, and HSUS and PETA are big.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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I would never donate to any organization listed as NON Profit when so much of the money is used for anything other than what most people believe is being used to bring greater conditions to the animals they claim it for. I only donated for a short time and will never donate to them again, I have been breeding, raising, training and LOVING horses for over 45+ years, good registered horses not the run of the mill backyard type produced by ubknowledgable animal lover's (?) that have flooded the market in the last few years A couple of years ago a certain horse was brought to my attention by a woman that owns a rescue in CA. to ask if she could have been bred to my Paint stallion, I knew the mare and she proceeded to tell me where the mare came from, I received photo's which were horrific, the mare was rated a 1 on a scale of 1 (being near death) to 10. the woman did not know if she could be saved or not, but with diligent care, a good vet and lots of prayers she survivred, this mare was an aged mare with teeth that prevented her from eating at all, they had to wait a couple months to be able to work on the teeth, during which time the mare was fed a diet of soupy alfalfa pellets and gained weight. The incident was reported to San Diego Animal Control, THEY WENT TO THE PLACE WHERE THE MARE CAME FROM AND CHECKED THE OTHER ANIMALS, THEY NEVER WENT TO CHECK THE MARE HERSELF NOR DID THEY GET IN TOUCH WITH RESCUE THAT HAD RECEIVED HER. I made a trip to the HSUS offices in San Diego, they would do nothing told me if it was investigated by Animal Control (which it was not) they would not do anything. I wonder if Wayne Pacelle would stay in his position if his salary,comps and perks were less than he makes at this time ?????

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