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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.

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.

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.

1 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!!!!

1 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.

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.

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.