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February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

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

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing!

January 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

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.

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

I have not personally experienced any results.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

December 15, 2010

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December 15, 2010

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!

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

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

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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.

November 18, 2010

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November 18, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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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

July 21, 2010

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July 21, 2010

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!

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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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 23, 2012

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July 20, 2010

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 wo... more

January 23, 2012

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.

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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

July 20, 2010
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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.

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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.

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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

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

HSUS is an organization that closest in my values regarding animals. They not only focus on companion animals such as dogs and cats, but also farm animals and animals in research.

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

Bringing awareness to animal issues in North Carolina.

Ways to make it better...

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

No suggestions.

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

Meeting people that work with HSUS.

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

State director of North Carolina.

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

Pass more pro-animal laws.

Ways to make it better...

There were more state meetings.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Changing the perception of animals in our culture.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love HSUS!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States is solidly the most effective animal protection group in the world. They are a HUGE force to be reckoned with since they have laudable expertise in the field of litigation, public awareness campaigns, and emergency rescue. Despite what people claim about HSUS not helping locally, they are wrong because HSUS provides innumerable resources to local and national shelters. I am a proud HSUS donor and forever will be!

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

the hundreds of laws it passed to protect animals, from Prop 2 in California, to combatting puppy mills in numerous other states. The list (honestly) goes on and on...

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

the amazing strides it takes to help ALL animals.

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

Amazing, kind-hearted individuals you won't ever forget.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The HSUS is a fantastic organization that's earned its reputation as the most effective, most influential animal welfare advocate in the world. Unfortunately, that's placed them squarely in the crosshairs of industries that profit from animal cruelty. Puppy mills, inhumane factory farmers, irresponsible breeders, "sport" hunters, dogfighting fans, and other animal abusers have banded together behind an industry front group (deceptively named the Center for Consumer Freedom). CCF is waging a well-funded, aggressive campaign to discredit the HSUS with lies and misinformation. "HSUS wants to outlaw all pets, wants to force everybody to be vegan, wants to confiscate your grandmother's guide dog, etc." Don't fall for the smear campaign. The real motivation for the attack? 93 animal welfare laws passed in 2008, 53 anti-animal laws defeated, 18 major animal cruelty cases won, 57 raids on animal fighting rings assisted by the HSUS, 301 suspects arrested as a result of HSUS investigations, 2,649 abused animals confiscated, and 2,000 dogs saved from horrible puppy mills. And that's just a hint of what HSUS accomplishes *every year*. There's also shelter training and evaluation programs, wildlife sanctuaries, large-scale disaster rescues, no-cost veterinary care provided to underserved areas, animal care professional training, public awareness campaigns, Spay Day events, shelter adoption campaigns, rewards for tips leading to the arrest of dogfight rings, protection of endangered species, and so much more. My name is John Doppler Schiff, and I am not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, other than being an enthusiastic supporter and frequent donor. I invite you to explore the real facts at www.humanewatch.INFO, www.bermanexposed.org, and of course, www.hsus.org.

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

rescue operations in California, the decrease in dogfighting activity in Los Angeles, and the results of public awareness campaigns nationwide.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase fundraising efficiency and eliminate the use of telemarketers. It takes money to make money, especially in a depressed economy, but fundraising operations have room for improvement. This doesn't diminish my respect for an amazing charity!

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

its tremendously effective strategy of pursuing long-term change to eliminate animal cruelty.

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

without exception, motivated solely by their love for animals and concern for animal welfare.

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

continue to achieve amazing results in the reduction of animal cruelty.

Ways to make it better...

corporate animal abusers were not permitted to hide behind a phony charity (CCF) to attack the HSUS with a multi-million dollar smear campaign.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

slanderous attacks from an "astroturfing" corporate front group, and the ignorance and malice of its followers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

opponents of HSUS are motivated by money. If you dig into the backgrounds of the most vocal supporters, you find bad breeders, factory farmers, rodeos, fast food companies, and other abusers. In HSUS, you'll find only devoted animal lovers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 8, 2010
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June 8, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

HSUS is a lobbying organization. By their own admission they do not care for any of the puppies and kitties that appear in their ads asking for donations. Their antics in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are will known in the sheltering community - they were good for a photo op and not much else. This is a vegan, animal rights group that does very little to help actual animals.

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

HSUS has raised money to allegedly help a certain animal or group of animals and then not send the animal's caretakers any of the money they raised. They are still using dogs who have since died in their current fundraising claiming they are alive/happy.

Ways to make it better...

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

Change their advertising. Show no images of sad and injured animals. Show what they really do which is lobbying, and writing laws. I would more accurately show that they are an animal rights group - not interested in animal welfare so much.

More feedback...

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

Nothing.

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

Pretty useless.

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

It has far more than that. If it was willing to spend $10mil on actual animal care they could make a huge difference. They chose not to.

Ways to make it better...

They had been honest.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of credibility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They put far more money in their executive pension plans then they spend in day to day animal care.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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