The Humane Society of the United States

Rating: 3.07 stars   358 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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202-452-1100
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Reviews for The Humane Society of the United States

Rating: 5 stars  

I donate to the HSUS and I love them!

Most of the anti-cruelty laws we have are thanks to HSUS and ASPCA and other national groups. That's how you stop animal cruelty! Support your local shelters to help victims of cruelty, and support your national charities to put an end to cruelty.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Prop B to save puppy mill dogs in Missouri!

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

Give them all a raise, they do great work!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a long-time supporter of animal welfare groups - the HSUS included. However, it's been brought to my attention that they do not share their millions of dollars of annual donations with the local shelters that are actually caring for animals. I realize they are helpful with legislative changes, but believe that they either need to: 1) change their propaganda to reflect where their donations REALLY go, or 2) share their donations to actually help care for & shelter homeless animals.
I believe they hide behind a guise that helps them bring in more money by giving the impression that animals actually benefit from their donations. Their mass mail campaigns show animals in shelters needing help, but in their false advertising tactics, what they don't tell you is that LESS THAN 1% of their income goes to animals directly - or to the shelters that are actually caring for homeless pets.
It is my wish that they are forced to be honest in their advertising by letting their donors know we are funding lobbyists, travel & entertainment, and huge staff salaries - NOT helping animals get out of shelters alive!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Public reporting of their finances.

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

Remove the current administration. Force them into transparent accountability. Require that before lush travel, and high salaries can be paid, that they first donate a MINIMUM of 50% of their income to the shelters that actually help pets get out alive.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

A desire to help save more animals by giving to the shelters that help them - that was before I knew the HSUS does nothing for animal shelters.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

It was a past donation - would NEVER donate to them again.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Only to warn them where their donations are really spent and to urge them to support their local humane societies and pet shelters.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective organization in the US working on animal protection efforts. I am a long time, regular donor and supporter, and I see how my donations are put to work, be it disaster response, cruelty investigations, outreach and education, or promoting legal protections for animals and strict punishments for animal abusers.

All of their financial info is available on their website for donors to review, and they regularly send out updates on their campaigns so donors know exactly what issues they're supporting and how their money is being used. Every interaction I've had with an HSUS staffer has been courteous and helpful, not to mention many of them donate their free time to helping local animal rescues as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They have successfully encouraged corporations to utilize more humane models of animal treatment, and provide a voice in government for animals.

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

I just wish they were bigger so they could do even more :)

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I gave a lot of money to them during the Katrina Hurricane aftermath. I'm reitred so it was a big gift for me. I saw their pitch add on TV. It showed sad looking cats and dogs and how they needed funds to help save and join the animales with the owners. I fell for it. Of the $500 I donated I foound less than $20 went toward the animal relief - by HSUS records. They only after the State threatened to review the very little originally given. This is from an og that collects over $100,000,000 per year and spends less than one percent on actual animal welfare.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Spending more money than I could afford and being scammed.

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

Shut them down by exposing them for what they are.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Their misleading TV add for animal relief during the Katrina recovery.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Knew the people would be helped but not sure about the animals.

What would you tell others about this organization?

They are a scam. HSUS is a vegan org, like PETA, that wants to shut down all animal ag in the USA. They spend very little toward animal welfare. Give to your LOCAL animal shelter!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

There is an organized attack on the hsus precisely BECAUSE they are effective and threaten those who put profit before the best interests of animals. Like one of the recent posters, I eat meat. I also have purebred dogs, wear leather shoes and yet I dont' feel at all that hsus is trying to take away my rights to do any of those things. why doesn't hsus fund local shelters? It's not their job any more than it's a local shelter's job to send someone to Canada to take pictures of sealers clubbing baby seals. I've worked at a shelter and I've come to know people at hsus (unlike probably any of the people posting negative reviews). hsus should keep strong in the face of this c$#@ and continue their work for animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the help they gave me and our shelter, their responsiveness every time I've had a question, observing the results of their work.

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

I think they should defend themselves more strongly against all the misinformation being spread about them. they may want to rise above it and i can respect that. but a lot of people are being misled by their detractors.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Humane Society does not just focus on companion animals... It works to protect ALL animals, including farm animals and wild animals. This has made it enemies, who spread conspiracy rumors to try and prevent people from donating to this charity. The Center for Consumer Freedom is a front organization for many animal-abusing industries and loves to attack the HSUS to protect the greed of its constituents. The HSUS does not want to prevent people from owning pets, in fact it spends money actively promoting pet adoption (see, for example, their Shelter Pet Project). The HSUS works to pass legislation (like Prop B in Missouri) to help millions of companion animals... and it works tirelessly to end dog fighting and to put a stop to puppy mills. While also fighting abuse on factory farms. I commend the HSUS for focusing on all animals and confronting animal cruelty in all it's forms. I volunteer at a local animal shelter and also donate monthly to HSUS. The HSUS passes animal protection legislation and carries out large scale rescues that my shelter doesn't have the resources for... I'm glad that there is an organization out there that gets such large-scale results. I see their work as complementing the work of local shelters.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the laws and agreements they've helped pass in Ohio, Missouri, and elsewhere.

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

It's great just the way it is!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization in the country - which is PRECISELY why there are disparaging reviews here. Big Agriculture, Puppy mills and dog breeders, ranchers, circuses, animal experimentation labs and all other industries that profit from animals in a way that causes suffering are united in their hatred for this organization that is putting forward efforts to - for example, ensure some animals aren't confined to cages their entire lives where they can't turn around.

It is discouraging that we have so many people in this country that are masquerading as caring for animals while they are really only seeking to line their profits from businesses that exploit and cause suffering to animals. And I hope anyone objectively reading these reviews understands this is the motivation of all the negative reviews here. For more background on this transparent smear campaign, please see www.humanewatch.info

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've read about the animals they directly save around the country. I'm aware of the effective tactics they employ across the U.S. to try and end the unnecessary suffering of animals and I've met the incredibly selfless, compassionate and dedicated staff.

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

Nothing!

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

Regardless of the good things that the HSUS does (and I am sure there are many), their fundraising tactics are awful, in my opinion. I sent in one donation, and instead of a thank you, they sent a "membership card" and a request for another donation. I receive a request for money in the mail every other week, it seems, accompanied by a junky "gift"that I did not request. I would much rather that my money go towards actually helping animals, so I sent them a letter indicating that I would give ONCE a year, and NOT to send me any more junk. I not only received no reply to this letter (which I wasn't expecting anyway, but would have been nice), but what comes in the mail? More junk, and another request for money.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not personally experienced any results.

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

Revise their donation request policy and limit what they send out.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is by far the most active and effective animal protection organization out there. Not only do they work to improve the welfare of companion animals (i.e. dogs and cats) but they also fight to end seal and whale slaughter, exploitation of wild animals, and they are the leading organization that fights to improve the treatment of farm animals. They are regularly under attack by faux consumer groups -- as in the Center for Consumer Freedom and Humanewatch -- but they are not deterred. For more on who's behind these attacks, one needs only to look at the money behind CCF and Humanewatch -- money from factory farming corporations, commercial dog breeders (see puppy mills), furriers, and others who profit from the exploitation or abuse of animals. I support the HSUS with my values and my money. I know exactly what work they do, as I get frequent emails and newsletters and read their publication. HSUS is the organization to support if you are concerned about the welfare of all animals!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Animal welfare laws that have been changed thanks to the HSUS and its supporters.

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

I am very happy with how this organization operates. I have met many of the leaders personally and am thankful that they have chosen to follow their passion and use their business skills for this wonderful organization.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

You are going to read a lot of reviews cut and pasted from the HSUS website about HSUS being the "largest" animal rights organization in the country. Wayne Pacelle alternately claims in writing that they have 11 million members, or 2 million members. They send out only 450,000 copies of the membership magazine. They are not anywhere as big an organization as they claim. HSUS runs not one single dog or cat shelter. Not one. And the vast majority of their fundraising claims to be for dogs and cats. Any time HSUS takes a large number of dogs and cats in one of its well publicized seizures, they dump those pets on local shelters and walk away the second the cameras are turned off. They give no money to care for the animals they just "seized." The heavily touted animal protection laws that HSUS talks about are mostly animal rights drivel, trying to overthrow or weaken existing laws as they did recently in several states, with a campaign of outright lies. Instead of putting their vast fortune into programs that have been proved to address the problems of homeless pets and abused animals, HSUS chooses instead to grandstand.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen this organization engage in fraudulent fundraising, questionable animal raids, showboating for the cameras while doing no hands on animal care, raising money to help puppies and kittens and then using that money to lobby against animal agriculture.

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

Fire the entire management team and put in its place animal welfare advocates.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Improving conditions for shelter dogs and cats.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

TV ad.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Do not give them a cent until they return to their original agenda of providing significant funds to hands-on animal shelters.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

 
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