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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

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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!

Donor

Rating: 5

Checked out their mission statement! I want to help animals on alarger scale than just local. Which I do also. Thanks HSUS!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 1

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 1

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Jill S.

Donor

Rating: 3

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.

Madison Tyson

Donor

Rating: 5

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!