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

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

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Reviews for The Humane Society of the United States

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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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The HSUS is the most effective organisation working to stop cruelty in factory farms.No other Org. could have Brought the Ohio Farm Bureau to the negotiation table like they did over the Ohio farm cruelty issue.Thank You HSUS!

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

The HSUS has brought an awareness of Factory Farm Cruelty to many who were previously unaware of the atrocities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The HSUS does work to fight animal cruelty on the national scale. While the HSUS doesn't pay operating costs for local shelters -- no organization could as there are over 5000 local shelters in the country -- it does a great deal to assist them.

The HSUS provides training initiatives for local animal shelters, hosts the nation's largest trade and educational show for shelter professionals, and maintains national shelter standards. It launched the first ever national advertising campaign to promote the adoption of shelter animals. The HSUS also has major advocacy campaigns to combat animal cruelty, dogfighting and cockfighting, Canada's notorious baby seal hunt, and large-scale puppy mills. Its Animal Rescue Team deploys in response to natural disasters, working with other organizations to rescue, shelter and reunite lost animals with their families.

I volunteer and give financial support to my local shelter, but I also volunteer and support the HSUS. The work of both organizations is critical to animal welfare in the United States.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The Humane Society of the United States is simply the most effective organization in the country working on behalf of animals. I donate and volunteer for the HSUS for several reasons. First, they work on behalf of ALL animals, whether that means helping to pass laws against shark finning, cockfighting, or getting farm animals out of cruel, intensive confinement. Second, the HSUS works to strike at the root of animal cruelty. This includes busing puppy mills, raiding dog fighting rings, protesting the seal and whale hunts, working for truth in labeling about fur, working against canned hunts and internet shoots, etc. If you rescue an animal, you help that animal, but if you pass a law, you help millions of animals. This is what the HSUS does best. The HSUS also provides direct care for thousands of animals through its five sanctuaries as well as its humane veterinary care program and other programs. No, the HSUS does not fund local shelters. If it tried, it would run out of money in a week, and the homeless dogs and cats would just keep coming. But the HSUS helps shelters in many ways including publishing Animal Sheltering mangazine, running the annual Animal Care Expo, providing shelter visits and consultations, etc. There is simply no other organization that can do what the HSUS does on a national scale every day.

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

I volunteered to collect signatures for the Ohioans for Humane Farms campaign. An unbelieveable 500,000 signatures were collected in just 3 months, and the HSUS used them to get better laws for all animals in Ohio.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting others who care as much about animals as I do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, organized, compassionate and committed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help even more animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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