My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, DC, USA
HSUS has a tremendous number of victories for animals under their belt. Some people criticize HSUS and other large organizations for "not rescuing animals." First, HSUS does run a large sanctuary/rescue in Texas, along with Fund for Animals, called Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.
Second, there is more to animal welfare than rescue work. One of the main goals' of HSUS is to educate, as well as to create and strengthen pro-animal legislation. We need such legislation because of the extremely high number of animal abuse issues occurring on a regular basis.
In order for legislation to succeed, the organization needs a dedicated staff working on a full-time basis. They employ program managers, lawyers and other people knowledgeable about animal welfare laws and issues. These people work full-time, and as I understand it, put in very long hours; and they could probably earn much more in private sector.
I believe HSUS is a very effective organization.
Review for Born Free USA , Sacramento, CA, USA
Born Free USA is a reIatively small organization but they are a powerhouse when it comes to wildlife protection.
One of the aspects of this organization I have been most impressed with, is their willingess to reach out to the grassroots level. A couple years back, my husband was working on incorporating avian welfare in a state bill, and staff from Born Free went out of their way to work with him. This is how the animals benefit, by our working together.
The following are just several of their other accomplishments.
They manage an assortment of campaigns, including Pet Shops Exposed, Animals in Entertainment, Trapping and Fur Trade, International Wildlife Trade, as well as specific projects like Parrots in Cameroon and Dolphins in Turkey.
They have gotten critical undercover footage of animal cruelty, which heightens public awareness.
They host a Fur Free Fashion show with the intention of promoting humane designs.
With all this, they still manage to run a sanctuary for previously abused and neglected primates, over 500 of them!
I am grateful to Born Free for their dedication and work to keeping wildlife where they belong - in the wild.