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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals. For more than a hundred years American Humane has been first in promoting the welfare and safety of animals and strengthening the bond between animals and people. We are first to serve, wherever animals are in need of rescue, shelter, protection or security. Through our innovative leadership initiatives – from our “No Animals Were Harmed®” program in Hollywood to broad-based farm and conservation animal welfare certifications, to rapid response rescue and care across the country – American Humane sets the gold standard as the most visionary and effective animal welfare organization in the nation.

Results: This past year alone in our four major program areas, we have tirelessly pursued the humane mission by: Ensuring the humane treatment of nearly 1 billion farm animals – an increase of more than 100% in one year Serving the children of our military families with Operation Purple and victims of tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombings through our pioneering animal-assisted therapy program Rescuing and sheltering the animal victims of the devastating EF-5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, the Colorado floods, and with other humane organizations 250 dogs in the second-largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history Conducting groundbreaking humane research to help children with cancer, and national research to save more of the 3-4 million animals euthanized each year by finding new ways to increase pet retention

Programs: Join us, and with your help we can build a future where all children and all animals live in a world of compassion, caring, and hope.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with many charities in my life time. Some medical related, some children related, and some religious charities.

But I can honestly say that none of my experiences in the past compare to my involvement with the American Humane. This is not just about the animals which I love, but also service people and children. It covers so many areas that I feel like I am helping a vast majority of people and animals.

I am grateful that the American Humane is so helpful. I am proud to be part of this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

American Humane is my favorite charity. It ceaselessly strives to assist animals ensuring their safety and welfare through various programs such as but not limited to their rescue initiatives, “No Animals Were Harmed” campaign, the task to end inhumane treatment of farm animals, and a personal much loved fight their goal to help veterans get their service dogs back. American Humane works to improve the lives of both animals and their relationship with people, their yearly Hero Dog Awards showcases the true dedication that American Humane has in strengthening the bond between animals and people. I love that American Humane encourages and supports those in the veterinarian field as well. American Humane is overall an organization that is essential to the wellbeing of animals.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was approached, at the age of 16, by the American Humane Association to be a judge for the 2013 Hero Dog Awards. Five years later, I continue to proudly judge for an impressive organization that recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash and promotes much needed humane education. A great example of their outreach and advocacy is The 2014 Hero Dog winner, Harley the Puppy Mill Dog. Harley, rescued after living 10 years in a cage, has become a global phenomenon and an ambassador for puppy mill dogs everywhere. Schools are forming Harley’s Dream clubs to raise awareness and the “Harley’s Puppy Mill Action and Awareness Project” is making a huge impact for the hundreds of thousands of dogs living in puppy mills. I wear my "Harley to the Rescue" gear on set and educate about puppy mills wherever I go.

Last month I attended the AHA's Inaugural Shelter to Service Dog Program in Water Mill, NY. The graduating class consisted of 4 rescued shelter dogs trained to be service dogs for 4 combat troops suffering with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I am pictured with Lt. Col Kelli, a two tour combat nurse. It was a very touching and emotional program that I will never forget as both of my parents are veterans. Eight lives saved. This invaluable training program is free of charge to our troops.

My heartfelt thanks to the American Humane Association. I am one of many inspired to make a difference.

Lou Wegner
Actor and founder, Kids Against Animal Cruelty

Photo 1: With veteran Chris and his dog Lex, and KAAC NY Presidents Brittany and Ariel Lavalle at the Shelter to Service Dog Program in Water Mill, NY.

Photo 2: With LtCol Kellie at 2017 Shelter to Service Dog Program, Water Mill, NY.

Photo 3: On the set of Lifetime's "The Other Mother" promoting Harley to the Rescue and banning puppy mills.

Photo 4: Kids Against Animal Cruelty and Young Hollywood at the 2014 Hero Dog Awards.

3 Carolyn118

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored...blessed, in truth...to have been an ambassador for American Humane for the past two years now. It is with great joy that I can speak openly and honestly about this unique organization which backs up its words of caring with actual deeds. Unlike other organizations that make bold claims with regard to animal welfare then prove poor or dishonest on follow up, AH has launched numerous programs that help, heal and honor our four-footed military heroes, our heartland livestock and our animal entertainers. Countless animals are enjoying longer, healthier and happier...and it can be measured!...lives specifically because of the dedication by all at American Humane. I'd like to give it 10 stars...

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Advisor

Rating: 5

It's somewhat difficult to image that America's oldest working charity designed to help animals and children (etc.), and one that continues to do so, so much good would need further help getting noticed, but I am thrilled to be able to assist by sharing my story. I am a working actress, author, and staunch animal advocate, hosting my own podcast entitled "Animal Magnetism." Because of my work to further support of modern zoos and aquariums at home and abroad, my stance on the necessity of institutions such as SeaWorld, GA and the work they and others do in so many areas, I came to the attention of Robin Ganzert, Ph.D and AHA and was asked to be an AHA ambassador; I agreed immediately. In the last several months "on duty" as it were, I have discovered even more about AHA and its necessary role in animal conservation and preservation. From being a first responder in disaster areas such as No. Carolina and Louisiana, saving countless animal lives and reuniting pets with owners, to Humane Heartland which ensures the humane treatment of animals in the factory farming system---with a rating system and seals of approval for cruelty free vendors, to Humane Hollywood (particularly close to my heart) which ensures on-set safety for working animal actors, to launching their newest program, the Humane Conservation Initiative (creating animal enclosures in zoos and aquariums best for the animal from the animal's point of view,) AHA is doing more to help better and save the lives of animals both domestic and exotic than almost any other animal advocacy organization that comes to mind. I was privileged enough to be asked to speak to members of the U.S. Legislature on this last initiative and witnessed the success that AHA has on Capitol Hill and the power they have to get their humane message out to actual lawmakers. They deserve a spot in the top ten most efficient and beneficial charities by any standard. Actually, to my mind, they deserve spot number one.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thay have help us to create, with a professional team of experts in animal welfare and conservation and specially based on science, the Humane Conservation™ standards that help our different organizations to ensure the welfare and humane treatment of the animals in our human care.
One of the key points in the program is that these standars are verify in the zoos and aquariums by independet auditors.

This nonprofit organization founded in the middle of the 1800, is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of all different animals, promoting the bonds between animals and humans. Helping the different facilities to meet the highest standards of animal care.

We thank them for all the leadership, knowledge and support!!!!

2 bniven

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with American Humane through Hallmark Channel for several years, and last year became a National Ambassador for AH. I can whole-heartedly endorse and recommend this organization, because I have met its leaders and worked behind-the-scenes with them on many events. These people care so much about what they do, and are passionate about making a difference to both animals and humans.

I have watched how Robin Ganzert and Lois Pope have led the team, working hard to spear-head programs to change the lives of Veterans. One new program, called "Shelter to Service", rescues dogs from shelters, trains them, and pairs them with Veterans who have PTSD. The first class recently graduated, and healing has begun on both ends of the leash. It's a win-win. Dogs get rescued, and they in turn rescue their new soldier.

American Humane has also started a program to reunite military war dogs with their solider handlers who have already come back to the USA. Military dogs have traditionally been classified as equipment, and instead of being honored at retirement, were "thrown away" when they became too old to be of service. American Humane has been instrumental in changing that, and also in handling the expense and governmental red tape. Many miracle reunions have already occurred.

I have also been involved in American Humane's Hero Dog Awards for several years. This heart-felt event has been an incredible way to raise awareness of dog heroes and their humans. Watching their stories, we are inspired that we too can make a difference.

There is so much more that they do, including disaster first response, monitoring the safety of animals on film sets, promoting Animal Rescue awareness, and fund-raising for all things humane. If it sounds like I'm gushing, I am. These people are the real deal, and I am honored to be aligned with their values and their efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I would give American Humane 10 stars if I could! I am an actress in Los Angeles, and have come to know this nonprofit over several years now through my work with Hallmark Channel and the American Hero Dog Awards. During this time I have met hundreds of people and animals who have been helped and/or saved by this organization, and I have been moved to tears by the "miracle" success stories I have personally witnessed. American Humane is stellar in both its goals and in the people who staff it to make those goals happen. In fact I have been so impressed that I have recently agreed to be a National Ambassador for them, and can't wait to humbly add my support to this exceptional organization to help raise awareness for animal rescue and all the other human/pet issues they so skillfully address. Thank you, American Humane. You truly are American Heroes.

Debbie Wells

Donor

Rating: 5

When you donate to American Humane, you are contributing to help all animals live a happy, healthy life on earth. Saving animals from natural disasters, elimination of puppy mills, finding homes for abandoned pets, making sure that there is a safe environment for animals in the film industry, and helping to maintain healthy environments for the animals in our zoos.
American Humane also is focused on helping our brave veterans obtain service dogs to help with PTSD. They make sure that the military working dogs can return to the United States to be with the veteran.
Children with life threatening diseases are also helped by American Humane providing animal visits to help them cope.
You can rest assured that nearly 100% of every dollar will be spent on these important issues.
I love being a part of American Humane because I know that I'm helping them make the world a better place with my donation.
Debbie Wells

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Donor

Rating: 5

American Humane is a charity that does so much more than most people realize.
In addition to assuring the welfare of animals, American Humane is saving the lives of our American military heroes. Many of our veterans return from duty protecting our country, suffering from post traumatic stress. American Humane makes it possible for these vets to have trained service dogs that actually make it possible to live the stress free normal life they deserve. American Humane also reunites our veterans with the dogs that were by their side in battle.
American Humane also saves animals from natural disasters and puppy mills by deploying the Red Star Rescue vehicle. Hundreds of family pets and other animals were rescued from the Louisiana floods this past August because of American Humane's efforts.
Being a part of this organization is so rewarding because I know that I'm part of a organization that is beneficial to both animals and people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing group of wonderful, caring people. Their celebration of hero, military dogs as well as all animals is truly extraordinary. I have the privilege of knowing a number of people associated with American Humane and can say first hand, that they are the BEST!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of American Humane for nearly seven years. In that time I have seen the organization increase its program reach by 1,000 percent with a cost efficiency of close to 90 percent – absolutely remarkable. American Humane’s work in rescuing animals, ensuring the humane treatment of farm animals, animals in film and television, and animals in the world’s zoos and aquariums, as well as supporting America’s veterans and military dogs, is nothing short of inspiring. This is a mission-driven organization that continues to lead the way in the Compassion Movement as it has been doing for 140 years.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with American Humane for the past three years. They are true advocates for animal welfare, are very passionate about the human-animal bond and the benefits to both animals and people when this bond exists. AH makes things happen. Their history of successful implementation of programs that truly make a difference and are sustainable over an extended period of time (measured in decades, not just years) is the hallmark of an effective, well run organization. The executive staff is hard working, committed to the mission, passionate about their cause as well as being talented professionals who work as a team. Having said all that, the one quality that stands out above all others is the CULTURE OF INTEGRITY that permeates everything they do. There is no hidden agenda, no questionable accounting practices, no misrepresentation of activities that are unfortunately found in some other non-profits operating in this space. They deserve every one of the 5 stars I gave when rating them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the past three years I have been able to collaborate on a variety of efforts with the American Humane Association including development of educational resources that promote empathy for wildlife and wild places and the creation of a humane certification for zoos and aquariums to both promote the high welfare efforts currently at these facilities but also create a forum for the continued evolution of improved practices. I was already impressed with the decades of work that AHA had committed to the use of animals in entertainment, humane certification of farms, and their celebration of animal heroes. They have long been considered the animal welfare group that DOES the work, not the ones that just TALK about the work.

The team at AHA are driven, compassionate, pragmatic, helpful and visionary. They believe in the responsible and healthy relationship between animals and people and promote a world where people have a greater understanding and appreciation for all animals. They practice logical, thoughtful solutions to animal issues using a team of the world's most experienced animal experts, and don't waste their time and resources in stunts and extreme protests to gain publicity. AHA simply and professionally defines and promotes humaneness for the world of animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a veterinarian and currently the head of Marketing for one of the largest Animal Health companies in the US/World, Zoetis. We have worked with American Humane for many years focusing primarily on human-animal bond research and supporting a variety of programs that highlight the many ways that interacting with animals and pets improve (and even save) human lives. I have been consistently impressed with the quality of staff and leadership at American Humane. Furthermore, as a business leader, I can have confidence that the vast majority of our financial support will go into programs that help people and animals. American Humane is a HIGHLY efficient organization that puts each donated dollar to work and minimizes overhead expenses.

I believe strongly in their mission and also believe they are the most credible animal welfare organization in the US, choosing to work WITH government and industry to address critical welfare issues instead of pure activism that can hurt more than help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Humane Association does more to highlight the very real and positive impact of the human-animal bond than any other organization in the world. Their focus on the heartwarming and heroic contributions of America's military working dogs is truly an inspiration.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this incredible Organization 4 years ago, and found out it was the oldest in the US ,(over 140 years old), and saved thousands of horses in WW1! AH saves the lives of all animals by rescues, major & minor disasters, abuse, puppy mills, animals visiting hospitals for children, changing the World's Zoos to Wildlife Sanctuary's , taking Shelter Dogs and training them to be service Dogs for our dear military Heroes who have PTSD. And changing the lives of our heroes at both end of the leash. When I learned about this awesome Organization, I knew I would donate as much as I could to AH and volunteer to do anything I could to help them! All who are involved with Ah, I have found to be the kindest and most giving people!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Humane is a remarkable organization. Every time I have called on them to help in disasters or other rescue needs, they are truly the "first to Serve".

Advisor

Rating: 5

The AHA is a group of compassionate individuals who work tirelessly for the welfare of children and animals every day. I am happy to join them in our work to create positive and lasting impacts in the lives of children and animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer responder for the American Humane Red Star team for 10 years. Throughout all these years, every time I have responded with them, I have always been very impressed with the level of training, knowledge and expertise of our teams while deployed. The American Humane Association Red Star staff has always exhibited high professionalism while supporting our teams and the animals we are caring for. I highly recommend this organization when you are considering where to spend your donation dollars especially if your concern for animals is as great as theirs and mine.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have met the requirements and became a volunteer for the Red Star team in 2016. I have been impressed by the skills, talents and dedication of all the members of the team I have met so far. Red Star has a very long history of being there for any animal in need and providing safety, shelter, food and care during disasters. Pat Andring

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Red Star Rescue Team has assisted the 25th Judicial district of TN with numerous animal cruelty cases over the past 5 + years and their volunteers are second to none. They bring expertise and provide compassionate care for the animal victims involved. They do great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Humane Association is always there when emergencies arise. Their role is to rescue and come to the aid of all animals. A major part of this effort also encompasses comfort and reassurance for the animal companions. I know this for a fact, since I was trained and have become a Red Star Volunteer with this wonderful organization. I have had the honor of deploying, and know first hand how dedicated and resourceful the staff and volunteers with AHA are during a crisis. You can trust that AHA will be on the front lines, giving their time, effort and expertise to protect and serve all animals during any emergency.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with the Red Star Rescue Team. This is a very dedicated, professional team who assist with animals in disaster. I've had the honor of deploying with this team and have seen first hand how much care and compassion there is for the animals, pet owners, community, staff and volunteers. I don't hesitate to donate monthly to this outstanding organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand how American Humane contributes to a disaster or a cruelty case in need of assistance. I volunteered with them Monroe, OK/tornado and Memphis TN/horse cruelty. I am so proud to be a member of their team.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with The American Humane as a non profit is my favorite for the work they do particularly re uniting Military Dogs with the Vets and Military men and women is a terrific and so heart warming for both the animals and their working Military men and women. The staff of the American Humane Nonprofit are so hard working and professional as well as pleasant to work with.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My Name is Adrienne Maloof and I am an Ambassador of American Humane Association. I so deeply believe in this charity.and find it so deeply rewarding to be involved in their events and activities on a weekly basis. Their steadfast dedication and loyalty to our country, to our military, and to our children, to make a difference in our world, has kept me motivated to be intensely involved in this cause. I am so honored to be a part of American Humane Association and applaud them for all they have done.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first interacted with an American Humane team when I was helping shelter more than 500 pit pulls rescued in a multi-state criminal seizure. Everyone on the team was knowledgeable, professional, and happy to share that knowledge with the rest of us. They were like a well oiled machine. I have supported the organization ever since. I can't say enough good things about their passion, their professionalism, and their effectiveness in the work they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 10+ years on the Red Star team. I have chosen to use my skill set exclusively for AHA due to their professionalism and dedication to the people and animals. The empathy and compassion I have witnessed AHA show and demand from their team members rivals none.

Donor

Rating: 5

American Humane does such amazing work. The proof is in the stories that are told by those whose lives have been changed. They epitomize what is possible when dogs leave their imprint (or paw print) on a person's heart.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have watched the AHA save thousands of animals during times of crisis and have seen them honor dogs through their Hero Dog Awards. Their work continues to help protect animals, save animals and educate children and adults about the importance of being kind to animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

After retiring from the animal rescue 'business' as an Animal Shelter manager, I finally had the opportunity to start volunteering with the American Humane's Red Star Response Team. I have now been on responses which involved hoarding (dogs and cats), cruelty (horses), and disaster (Louisiana floods). Each response introduced me to new situations, challenges, and team members, but what remained consistent was the high level of commitment, knowledge, dedication, and professionalism exhibited by the staff and volunteers. American Humane sets high standards and lives and breathes best care practices for the animals until they can be rehomed or reunited with their people. In the case of a disaster, American Humane doesn't just breeze in and out for a moment of glory. It endeavors to leave the community better prepared to deal with its ongoing animal concerns, whether that is by: locating sources of food; providing contacts for veterinary care, spay neuter programs and vaccinations; helping to find funds for rebuilding or improving shelter conditions; training staff on tried and true protocols; etc. I am proud to be a part of the American Humane Red Star Response Team and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve animals (and their people) in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past year, I've become knowledgeable about American Humane from an actress I've come to know. She is a tireless advocate for those who don't have a voice. The work you do for animals from rescuing to healing to getting them to trust again is amazing. And last, but not least, finding them a forever home where they can live the rest of their lives there loved and cared for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Improve!!!!! Lot of challenge to getting help for animals for not getting killed or neglect

Susan82

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the Red Star Rescue Team, I have had the honor and privilege to be a part of the amazing work the American Humane Association does. On deployments that have included a devastating natural disaster in Moore OK, as well as multiple abuse situations involving dogs, cats and horses, I have joined other Red Star responders to provide invaluable assistance to devastated communities and help abused and neglected animals regain their health and move on to new, loving forever homes. The American Humane Association is truly a top-notch nonprofit organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the American Humane Association Red Star Emergency Team. I am also proud to say that I am a donor to the organization as well. Many people do not realize that animals are also victims when disaster strikes, and they need our help as much as the people affected by disaster need our help. The AHA Red Star team is always very quick to respond when the call comes in and they stay as long as they are needed. Not only does this provide an invaluable service to the animals and the community, it also gives great comfort to people caught up in a disaster when they can know that their beloved animals are being well cared for. I would urge everyone to do what they can to support the efforts of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

THEY DO SO MUCH FOR OUR WEAKEST POPULATION. WHAT A GREAT RESOURCE, SO HELPFUL IN TIMES OF NEED AS WELL.

Sandy856

Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Humane Association is one of the most prestigious animal organizations national and international. They value every donated dollar and have a tremendous group of volunteers that go above and beyond to help animals and people in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Red Star Emergency Services volunteer with American Humane Association since 2007. I have a full time job seperate from the organization and take vacation time to volunteer and be with my extended family. American Humane Association is the best orgainzation that I have found to volunteer with. They are professional as well as personable. They truly care about the health and safety of their volunteers. They make a huge difference in the organization and sheltering of animals in disaster as well as animal welfare situations. They deploy with smaller groups of people but the quality of the people are extremely wonderful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love American Humane Association for its years of protecting animals and children. I am proud to work in the industry that proudly disclaims "no animals were harmed" in the making of entertainment. AHA and Hallmark Channel are tried and true partners who contribute every day to the humane treatment of animals and elevating the conversation around shelter pet adoption.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this organization and their dedication to the well-being of the animals as well as their team. They are top-notch, and truly treat their responders (volunteers) amazingly. Not only providing us with the necessary training, but continuing the training in the field, allowing us to grow in the field of animal care and rescue. Truly the best out there!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with Red Star in the past. I have found that the staff and volunteers are highly motivated helping each other in taking care of animals. Looking to work with Red Star in the future
Ernie Cousino

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AHA is an exceptional organization, that has been doing this amazing work for longer than any other in its category. This organization deseres recognition and support to continue this great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Humane Association is simply put, amazing. The work this organization does is life-altering on so many levels, for so many beings that walk this earth: 2-legged and 4-legged. I have seen first-hand the Red Star Animal Response Teams heroic efforts at work and these folks are extremely dedicated and compassionate hard-workers. The entire organization deserves 10 stars in my book.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken classes in animal rescue from other big national groups but they were useless compared to the training I got from AHA. I have done animal rescue after Katrina and Ernesto and worked with many other large and small agencies. AHA is way above and beyond what other groups do in both preparation and execution.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always had a passion for animals. And I have always donated to many charities relating to animals.
However, since I have become involved with the American Humane Association I have found this charity to be doing so much for so many. For example: they help with service animals and vets. They help kids with cancer thru their animals. They are there for animals in times of disasters. The list goes on and on.
I am proud to be an active participant not just with money, but with my dedication to AHA. I guess with that said, it was not a surprise that I am fortunate to be an Ambassador for this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The American Humane Association has captured my heart through their efforts to recognize America’s Hero Dogs – "often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things" with their AMERICAN HUMANE HERO DOG AWARDS.

A true celebration of the incredible, inspiring bond between dogs and people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

American Humane showed great compassion to the animals and the community in Louisiana during the floods. I truly appreciate all of their selfless work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loved the work they did in South Carolina after Hurricane Matthew!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Terrific organization that rushes into disaster zones to save animals. God's Angels!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A tremendous outfit! The American Humane Association cares for animals that need our help.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AHA is one of the oldest and most effective nonprofit organizations in the country. Dollars raised are dollars spent on its worthwhile projects, as opposed to salaries and administrative costs. Of particular note are AHA's programs for veterans, their families and their pets. Check them out!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm Dr. Marty Becker, the pet lover, author (24 books) and educator that Dr. Oz calls, "America's Veterinarian." I'm a veteran veterinarian (36-years) and a lifetime pet lover. Because of my personal commitment of working towards better lives for pets and the people who love them, I'm on three national pet related boards, in addition to four local ones in Northern Idaho where I live. There is no organization I'm more proud to be a board member of, represent and recommend than the American Human Association. Listen, I know all of the other animal welfare groups that shower your physical mailbox, email box and media you watch with images of pets in need. None, not one, does the incredible work that AHA does. I did my homework before I joined AHA. Do yours and support AHA.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization, putting the wellbeing and welfare of its constituents - animals and children - first and foremost. The individual stories are compelling, but the overall mission of education, compassion and expansion of "humaneness" are what really drives this organization. I am so proud to be a part of it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a board member of the American Humane Association. The organization has been working so hard for so long – 135 years! - on behalf of children and animals, and our work is just as vital today as it has ever been.

American Humane Association is so important not only because our programs protect children and animals, but also because we have a particular focus on the incredible bond between people and animals and the power it has to benefit and enrich the lives of both. Many of American Humane Association’s programs are centered around this bond – such as our animal assisted therapy program, our Film/TV unit, and our Red Star rescue programs. I believe recognizing and expanding this bond is one of the keys to making our world a more humane and compassionate place for all who live in it.

I have been struck at the dedication, professionalism and passion of our staff and volunteers – qualities which run throughout the organization. Such as our Red Star rescuers who work under difficult and dangerous conditions with little to no sleep while rescuing and providing vital medical attention to animals hit by a disaster, our “No Animals Were Harmed” monitors who work endless days with little recognition to be the sole protectors of animals in film and television productions, and our dedicated researchers whose groundbreaking work improves child welfare policies and decision-making.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Humane Association does make a difference. During the 30+years that my wife, Linda Peddie, D.V.M., and I have worked on film locations where trained animal actors were being used, we have witnessed American Humane Association's representatives effectively intercede on behalf of the animal actors and their trainers when the requested filming action had the potential risk for injury or worse. There is no question that these highly trained American Humane Association's film unit representatives do play a major role in seeing that animal actors receive the respect and care which they deserve.
James F. Peddie, D.V.M.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My friend, Dr. Oz calls me "America's Veterinarian." I've been part of The Dr. Oz Show for six years, was resident veterinarian on Good Morning America for 17-years, have had a nationally syndicated pet/vet column for 15-years, have written 24 books (sold almost 8 million copies with three NY Times bestsellers), and have won many awards including Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year for both the U.S. and globally. I've owned and operated five large veterinary hospitals, (have been in hundreds of others) and continue to practice as a veterinarian in Northern Idaho. I've loved animals my whole life, grew up on a farm/ranch, wanted to be a veterinarian from age seven, and have dedicated my life to preventing pain and suffering in animals and focusing on their physical and emotional wellbeing.

I'm on the board of several other animal wellbeing organizations and know all of the major players (the ones you see with the tear jerking TV ads or mailers that try and hook you emotionally starting with the envelope). The organization I'm most supportive of, admire the most, and want to see thrive is the American Humane Association. Fact. Most of the humane organizations that you probably give to are primarily lobbying and litigation machines that do little, if any, to help animals where you live. American Humane Association (AHA) is different.

Rather than documenting and promoting a high profile rescue here or there like most national groups do (with the primary focus to raise more money for lobbying and litigation), AHA has regionally placed Red Star Rescue Vehicles placed regionally to respond whenever animals are in need. Did you know AHA was there in the 1800s to make sure that cattle being sent by rail to slaughter yards were let off for food and water (previously they would arrive dead or dying after five days on the train to Chicago). AHA pioneered public playgrounds in cities in the 1920s, was there after WWI to bring the war horses back, has been on movie and TV sets to insure the safety and wellbeing of animal actors, and is now looking after the health and wellbeing of tens of millions of production animals through the Human Heartland program.

Take the time to learn about this over 130-year old organization that always cares about the animals, first and foremost, with boots on the ground that are trained, experienced, respected, passionate and proactive. Only a tiny portion of what you give goes for administration at AHA; almost all of it goes to help pets (just like the ones you love), animals in need (rescued from abuse) or making sure the animals -- whose meat we eat, eggs we fry, or dairy products we consume --- are treated with caring and gentle hands.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This organization has turned around tremendously. They continue to do excellent work and are now doing so in a financially responsible manner. Staff at all levels seem dedicated to their work. They are dedicated to their mission.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Humane Association is a wonderful nonprofit organization. I donate to them whenever I can, and I love how they make sure that "no animals were harmed" during the filming of movies/tv shows/etc. Another thing I adore about this group are their annual televised Hero Dog Awards. I always watch them. Donate to this group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

These guys are being sued for covering up horse abuse in the HBO series "Luck". Please go on line and read about it. Do not donate to this group!!

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a singer/songwriter in the DC area and I have decided to donate 10% of the proceeds to every download of my song "Galaxy" on Itunes. Music and Animals are my passion so the fact that i can help out makes me feel very accomplished and makes me feel that i am giving back in a very special way... I hope you will buy my song and help these animals that are in need

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is obviously a great organization! The workers are true to their causes, and are amazing, kind people. The American Humane Association is definitely humane. Need I say more? :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I think even the glowing reviews of American Humane should be enough to ward off any potential donors, seeing as how they're a screamingly obvious attempt by the management to keep the overall rating high, keep the good reviews on top, and I suppose to discredit the real reviews, too. Surely this says everything about where your money will go if you donate to American Humane: you'll be helping to pay the salaries of people who actually sit around writing incredibly stupid, fake reviews about their workplace.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The American Humane Association is probably one of the best not-for-profit organizations out there! It is the only one that protects both animals and children and promises that "No Animals Were Harmed," in movies such as "War Horse," "The Lucky One," "Mirror, Mirror," "The Hunger Games," "John Carter," and "The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo." Before I found out about The American Humane Association, I was surrounded with works from them without knowing it was actually them. Now I know about them and the wonderful things that they do, and I think that it's our duty as responsible citizens to help them in order to protect the stray animals and abused children all over the world and help them find better lives. The American Humane Association also has a "Red Star Rescue," which rescues animals in disasters and uses animals to comfort children with cancer, the elderly, and military families. I wish there were more organizations like this one. We're lucky to have it, and we have to make sure we keep it. :)

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

The American Humane Association is a wonderful not-for-profit organization. I think it's beautiful the way that they dedicate their time to help all of the poor, abused animals and children in the world. I also love their "Hero Dog Awards." I think it's great that they make sure to recognize and appreciate the brave dogs who really do make a difference. :) Keep up the good work!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Delusional new CEO Robin Ganzert has destroyed this once-decent organization. She’s fired all the people that did good work helping children and animals with her executive buddies who get paid an awful lot of money to sit around, pat each other's backs, and come up with asinine ways to make more money and get more publicity. If you donate to the American Humane Association, you can rest assured that your money will go to what Ms. Ganzert considers worthy causes: funding these executive salaries, giving a humanitarian award to Martha Stewart (yes, really), hobnobbing with various C-list celebrities, and flying around the country (or out of the country, like her recent trip to Japan) to get her face and name in as many news articles as possible. But knowing that they can’t count on the general public to fund all of their jet-setting and lavish parties and doggie award shows, the management has made sure to partner with some really evil mega-corporations, like Pfizer and Proctor and Gamble (because nothing says we care about children and animals like taking money from corporations that kill children and animals). They are constantly making a point of congratulating themselves for making more money and getting more publicity but never say a word about the good work that is being done for children and animals - - probably because no good work is happening anymore. Before Robin Ganzert took over, I loved my job and believed in what I was doing, and now I’m thrilled to be gone and wouldn’t want to touch this super-corporate organization with a 40-foot pole. Disgruntled? Absolutely! It’s a hollow shell of what it used to be. Robin doesn’t care at all about the animals or children and once she’s finished ruining the American Humane Association, she’ll be trying to move on to work where her slimy, despicable behavior is better suited: politics. (Does anyone really think it’s a coincidence she killed the Denver headquarters, and put the new headquarters in Washington DC?)

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The board is ineffective and has been for many years. Five years ago American Humane received a 34 million dollar bequest amd the money is long gone. Conflict of interest issues among the board by hiring their own consultant company for high salaried positions. The board gave another board member an American Humane sponsored grant. The communication put out by American Humane is basically Propaganda. Give your money to a more worthy charity.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New CEO of AHA is a visionary leader in nonprofit sector and was recently nationally honored as a visionary and fiduciary leader. I just met her and the board chair at the recent event in Florida, and i am a fan. AHA is doing inspiring work now more than ever. And, those of us who work in the corporate sector know that it is tough times for all - especially our kids and animals. Glad to know AHA is there. Can't wait to go to Hero Dog Awards in LA!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

American Humane Association has launched new initiatives that help kids with cancer, that help dogs and cats, and has become much more effective in showing impact.. I am proud to support this Association, and the programs are really strong. I have seen necessary changes occur to make the programs better.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization is not honest with the public or it's donors. The management is hated by staff. You can't fire everyone.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the last couple of years, Pfizer Animal Health has worked with American Humane Association on a variety of intitiatives. From disaster relief and emergency preparedness through their wonderful Red Star program, to working on a collaborative research project of the impact of Animal Assisted Therapy in Pediatric Oncology patients, the team at American Humane has responded with speed and efficiency, and always making their best resources (great people!) available. the contributions we have made to AHA have all been designated to support meaningful programs, and the use of resources has been always efficient, with clear accountability within their organization. In addition to being a well run nonprofit, American Humane Association is staffed with people who are experts in their fields and who have a level of compassion and devotion for their mission rarely seen.