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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission:  We fight the big fights to end suffering for animals.

We work to reduce suffering and to create meaning social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws. We also educate the public about animal issues, join with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies and conduct hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world.

We are a leading disaster relief agency for animals, and we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuary, and mobile veterinary clinics and other programs. Our track record of effectiveness has led to meaningful victories for animals at the federal level, and in state legislatures, courtrooms, and corporate boardrooms.

The Humane Society of the United States and its family of organizations embraces volunteers as essential partners in our lifesaving work. We engage volunteers in supporting staff at every level of the organization to amplify our efforts to create a more humane society. We welcome and respect our volunteers' unique identities, diverse backgrounds and experiences to build an inclusive animal welfare movement. We believe everyone can help fight for all animals!

Results:

  • We mobilized a robust emergency response to help vulnerable animals and struggling pet owners during the pandemic. We provided more than $2.7 million in grants to organizations that help animals and pet owners, and distributed more than 4 million pounds of pet food in areas hard-hit by COVID-19. We also organized daily feedings for thousands of street animals around the world left to fend for themselves during public lockdown periods
  • 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 saved hundreds of dogs from death in South Korea’s meat trade
  • 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 including 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

Target demographics: https://www.humanesociety.org/all-our-fights

  • Banning Trophy Hunting - Each year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals in the U.S. and around the world are killed by trophy hunters, the hunters’ primary motivation is not to get food, but simply to obtain animal parts
  • Ending Cosmetics Animal Testing - Testing cosmetics on animals is both cruel and unnecessary because companies can already create innovative products using thousands of ingredients that have a history of safe use and do not require any additional testing
  • Going Fur Free - Consumers’ concern for animal welfare is leading fashion brands, cities and countries to move away from animal fur
  • Stopping Puppy Mills - A puppy mill is an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility that churns out puppies for profit, ignoring the needs of the pups and their mothers
  • Improving the Lives of Farm Animals - Factory farming causes billions of animals to suffer every year

Direct beneficiaries per year: https://www.humanesociety.org/our-impact

Geographic areas served: The Humane Society of the United States and its family of organizations embraces volunteers as essential partners in our lifesaving work. We engage volunteers in supporting staff at every level of the organization to amplify our efforts to create a more humane society. We welcome and respect our volunteers' unique identities, diverse backgrounds and experiences to build an inclusive animal welfare movement. We believe everyone can help fight for all animals!

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409 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

18 Sandy85

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I found a kitten yesterday and I have called The humane society twice and left messages that was at 11:30 this morning they've never returned my call and not did the other agencies the other agencies I called.
All they want is your damn money and really I wonder if they do care about animals

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Rating: 4

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have been seeing ads pop up often on YouTube, I'm not sure if Humane Society of the US is the same organization as Humane Society International? Clearly this commercial is emphasizing an international issue, so I'm not positive I have the correct charity group and I apologise if I end up getting it wrong. The ad shows a young lady walking through a dog meat farm, in South Korea, and it's absolutely one of the most horrific displays I've ever seen and I've seen some brutal things including a horse at the sanctuary I help locally that is missing his eyes ; ( This commercial was highly disturbing & grotesque, I'm sorry for the lack of better language but she made sure to film the worst of worst and yet it was excruciatingly annoying to say the least, that when she said to "look at this puppy!", she sounded like you were about to see the most adorable pup ever, an excited manner or tone in her voice, only for the poor dog to be near death bones and they deliberately hid full view by having the bars of the cage in your way of actually seeing, she made sure to show us the viewers the poor dog with no eyes in his sockets, it was horrifying abuse to be subjected to and YouTube is promoting these ads that literally cause me nightmares for months and is a huge part of the reason I turned to medication for anxiety and severe depression. I wanted to see if this group was even legit, because their commercial seemed staged and the girl had tears coming down her face but I wanted to know why they aren't removing these poor animals and bringing them to a healthier environment, to care for them and provide love and medical needs, food, help, attention, etc... It drove me nuts that she was just touring this HELL but what are they actually DOING to save these doggies!?! I'm still investigating but I had to add my two cents that every single negative review has consistently mentioned, " Just donate to you local shelter" and "This organization doesn't even have a shelter", first of all, them not having a shelter doesn't bother me, it's the act of RESCUE that I am under the impression to be funding and I'm sure the idea is to bring the rescued dogs /animals to a shelter that's healthy & safe, but the fact that they themselves don't run a shelter I don't necessarily see as major cause for fraud, as there are already shelter's but someone needs to do the rescuing!!! People on here only seem focused on nit picky nonsense, so being for animal rights is something wrong or bad versus animal welfare!?! We're going to even argue about the how there is a difference!?! Seriously? Not all of us want to always be donating within the American borders and just the same local shelter's that I don't even care for, they go against biology and dictate you must keep an animal cooped up indoor often no space from I've seen in neighbors hoarded tiny apts, feed them soft vegan junk, just remove all natural instincts entirely which is no less abusive than chaining an elephant to a damn performing circus and work him/her to death!!! Besides, many local shelter's easily get help and funds, they are supported by fundraiser's, the state, get tax ride offs, plenty of donor's in the community. It's the dogs and cats and endangered species internationally that concerns me!!! An yes, rights are very important as here it's a felony to hurt an animal now at least, whereas in South Korea you can eat them! Same goes for many heinous evils that take place in Japan, China, and other Asian countries where animals are something to be used and not life at all. Those are the animals that need the help, and I genuinely want to help the puppies in those farm hells in South Korea but I'm seeking a reputable charity that actually DOES remove them and provide a caring life for them and I'd like to adopt one, although overseas I don't know but the only place anyone on here talks about helping is local shelter's and I think people have to help more severe situations in other places too!!! Everyone is just focused on local shelter's and the earth won't have the species we need for healthy ecosystems, if your such an animal lover than stop applying such narrow restrictions in who you're supporting.

3 Diane W.10

Donor

Rating: 2

I'm sure the Humane society of the United States does an excellent job of saving abused animals but I feel that they could save even more if they weren't constantly mailing out requests for contributions. I receive at least 2 a week!! What a waste of money that could be used to break up a dog fighting ring or uncared for puppy mill. Plus our executives are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. I don't want to pay their salaries. Please remove me from your mailing list. Thank you

Diane Whiting

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

WARNING TO THOSE FOSTERING OR WANTING TO FOSTER ANIMALS THROUGH THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

My wife was attacked by a dog over the weekend in Jacksonville, FL. The dog was being fostered for the holidays by a very nice lady. We went to meet him Saturday to potentially adopt because we wanted to add to our family and have a buddy for our dog. When the foster opened their door the dog attacked my wife. He was on a leash. He gave no warning. He just squeezed past the foster and attacked. After we left to go to the hospital the foster immediately took the dog back to the Humane Society. She was apologetic, very concerned for my wife, and stated if she had known the dog was aggressive she never would have fostered him and never would have let us come over to meet him.

The Humane Society on the other hand has been anything but concerned. Their attention and concern has been more for the dog instead of people. When asked what their plans are for the dog they stated they are assessing him. When asked if they were going to cover our out of pocket medical bills they said it was the fosters responsibility and not theirs because the foster signed a waiver. The Humane Society wants us to go after an individual who was doing them a favor instead of stepping up to the plate to help.

Well in the state of Florida the law states the owner is 100% responsible when a dog bites someone. I ask the Humane Society who owned the dog. They advised me they do. When I informed them of the law they back pedaled slightly and said to send them the bill and they would see if they could work something out. When I asked if they had liability insurance they would not answer my question and again said the foster signed a waiver. When I asked them to send me their evaluation forms/documentation for the dog they refused. When I asked for their insurance companies contact info they refused.

So be warned. If you foster an animal you know nothing about from the Humane Society and in good faith bring that animal into your home believing they have done their due diligence; THINK AGAIN. Because if something goes wrong they WILL try to push their responsibility back on you.

4

Donor

Rating: 1

Humane Society of the US came to our door. We donated a $40 check. The Humane Society then set that up as a recurring donation without mentioning it! The next month was another $40 debited. DO NOT DONATE AT ALL TO THIS ORGANIZATION. They call this a face to face campaign and once your account is entered you will be billed every month.
This is stealing. Will never donate again to this organization. The representative on the phone laughed when I said I gave her a check. She said there is no check number so it couldn't have been. Then she said the volunteers that came to the door could use my check and I should call my bank and pay for a stop payment on that check. More expense on my part.

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Deborah M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is THE MOST effective organization for animal advocacy. This organization works locally to protect animals and federally to ensure that there is national legislation to help to protect animals. I have been very fortunate to be able to volunteer with this group of amazing people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States for almost two years. This is an amazing group of people! At times, volunteering for animal welfare can seem like a depressing and dauntless uphill battle. However, the people at HSUS are always cheerful and optimistic. In addition, they are extremely supportive. Wherever you are in your volunteer journey and whatever you can give the HSUS is appreciative! I love volunteering for the Humane Society of the United States.

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1Fencelady

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over a period of years I have seen the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) working in Oklahoma to the benefit of animals in several ways, including , but not limited to helping ban cockfighting and more recently, providing financial support for a transport hub to send many dogs and some cats from overcrowded shelters in Oklahoma to other states where they can be adopted into new homes. Additionally, the HSUS has provided training opportunities for state law enforcement officers to learn more about investigating animal cruelty cases and training opportunities for employees from shelters and rescues. The HSUS also provides valuable information for those in shelters and rescues through publication of their magazine, Animal Sheltering, which is also online.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The HSUS continues to shine the spotlight on animal abuses that would be otherwise hidden from the public. In recent months, the organization has offered training seminars for shelters, rescues, advocates and law enforcement agencies though out my state (Oklahoma). The same programs have been and will continue to be offered in other states, too. These training programs are just one example of the work done by the organization.

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Donor

Rating: 1

You betrayed wild horses, and burros. Terrible organization you are. Traitors. No more of my money will flow your way.

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Donor

Rating: 1

The Humane Society WASTES donor contributions on useless 'gift' items which they send, unsolicited, begging for additional funds. Multiple times I have requested that they stop sending these unnecessary items to me, with no response/results. They are obviously a poorly-managed organization that does not serve in the best interests of the cause they supposedly support. I will not donate to this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There was a guy outside of Nashville Tennessee who stood there in the freezing cold for hours to tell people about dog abuse, and to help with Dog abuse, these are the kind of people we need. Thank you everyone who supposes No More Dog Abuse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every single person I speak with is highly dedicated, compassionate and very helpful in assisting me in my role. I am always amazed at the genuine caring and support of each person. I never thought it possible that so many people could give their all to this cause. It's been the best experience of my ilfe!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every single person I've spoken with at the HSUS is passionate, dedicated and tireless in their efforts to protect animals. I've never met such a wonderful group of people from the CEO down. They are so inspiring.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dog needs surgery to remove a tumor from his palet extruding out the front of the mouth. Im on ssi disability an can't afford the bill which is almost $3000.00.

Please help me
Joseph Oswalt
Lake Providence LA

I have a gofundme page to try to get money for it but only one person donated
Please help before its too late

1 Natalie Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a NJ State Affairs Intern with HSUS, this non-profit has exceeded my expectations. I have learned so much about their many affiliates and their dedication to animal welfare. So far, throughout my internship I have seen HSUS take part in animal relief efforts for the hurricanes experienced in Texas and Puerto Rico. Also, upon attending meetings during my internship I have learned more about the work HSUS is involved in all sectors of animal welfare including legislation, equine protection, puppy mills, animal research and much more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every day I am grateful for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its global branch, Humane Society International. Both organizations work tirelessly to end animal abuse and cruelty everywhere. Here are just a few of The Humane Society's accomplishments and goals: End abusive puppy mills. Rescue animals in disaster areas. End the horrific dog meat trade in Asia. Investigate and expose the suffering of animals trapped in factory farms. Support shelters. Advocate for laws that will ultimately prevent cruelty from occurring. This list could be endless because everywhere there are animals in dire need. Suffice it to say that I have never met a kinder, more knowledgeable, more dedicated group of people than those of The HSUS. The world would be a far bleaker place without them. If you believe, as I do, that one very important measure of a person's character is how he or she treats animals, then take a close look at The HSUS, and you will be as grateful to the organization as I am.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do what they say they will do: advocate to change human misconceptions about animals and the legislative climate to stop the innumerable ways humans employ to mistreat non-human animals. They also are present during emergency situations to save animals, they run a number of large animal sanctuaries, they educate the public, and they involve the public in volunteer work from rescuing animals to working in their legislative districts to directly influence legislators to consider humane legislation and human safety.

Kelsey H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States has a well structured volunteer program. The training involves education on current laws and roadblocks, best practices to becoming involved, and what the aspirations are of the organization. Leaders of volunteer groups have great communication and are always encouraging. HSUS is an impressive nonprofit, accomplishing admirable goals and shifting society's view on animal welfare protection.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined the HSUS at the end of September as a faith outreach volunteer. I was able to attend a retreat at Pony Powers Therapies, and learned so much about all the great work that this organization does for the welfare of animals. At the retreat, I was educated on what really happens in the equestrian world. I was introduced to doping and the big lick, and I couldn't believe the harsh reality of it. I'm happy the HSUS is working with the race industry to aide the passing of The Horse Integrity Act. Not only did I learn about horses, but I also learned about other legislation that has been passed through the efforts of the HSUS. Recently, Union county passed the puppy mill ban ordinance. They are the 112th town in NJ to do so, and I believe it is because of the hard work and dedication of the leaders and volunteers of the HSUS. The people of this organization truly care about animals, and they help spread the message of what changes need to be made to protect them.

1 Kathy M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an animal advocate it us so important that money I contribute goes directly to promoting a better world for animals. I have seen, and been part of (as a District Leader for HSUS) the work that they do to effect positive changes through pro animal legislation. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was working with Illinois state director Marc Ayers on the recently passed bill that made Illinois the first state in this country to prohibit traveling circuses from bringing elephants into my state! I would encourage anyone to educate themselves as to what the Humane Society of the United States does & then GET INVOLVED!

joniwirts

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS advocates for all animals is various ways that are cooperative with all people involved. It's work in public policy changes, collaboration with local animal services, and public outreach make it the most effective organization for animal welfare issues in the United States.

1 Chris P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSUS provides great opportunities for volunteers to really make a difference in animal welfare. In my role as a District Leader I have the opportunity to urge legislators to support animal friendly legislation and to act as a resource for them. I also have access to many resources that I share frequently, particularly those on how to coexist with wild lives in our neighborhoods. There is great guidance from my State Director and from the Volunteer Coordinators. If you want to have a broad impact on the lives of animals, HSUS is the place to volunteer.

1 Jessica S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter for many years and a volunteer for the past three. I fully believe in the mission of the HSUS and have witnessed many amazing things they've accomplished on behalf of animals. And to be a part of some of that exciting change has been extraordinary. The HSUS brings the issues of animal welfare to the mainstream without judgment or condemnation. They meet you where you are and ask that you take a moment and see where you can make life better for all creatures all while fighting big battles of egregious cruelty. I am proud to be associated with the HSUS.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is inclusive, ethical, and constantly striving to make this world a better place for animals (pets, wildlife, working animals, and farm animals) by creating and working for positive, lasting protections.

1 MamaAngie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSUS has exceeded my expectations in working with them as a Volunteer. The volunteer orientation program was engaging, well organized, answered the questions I had, opened my eyes to the vast amount of effective work HSUS is doing for large scale cruelties to animals, advocacy and hands on ways I and many others could help and help right now. HSUS led the way in CA being the first state to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in a pet store unless they come from a rescue or shelter. The HSUS farm animal protection team is leading the way in plant based culinary training to hundreds of public schools, Universities and food services across the country. The HSUS team is supportive and directive in continuing to grow an effective team to protect the most vulnerable animals.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the Humane Society of the United States has been one of the richest and most rewarding developments in my life. From the direct interaction I've enjoyed with the Society's dedicated leaders and volunteer animal advocates, to the vast knowledge I've gained about relevant evolving issues, to the meaningful opportunities I've had to affect public policy, my association with the HSUS has deepened my appreciation for all animals in ways that have been unexpected, profound, and lasting.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States does incredible work across so many dimensions - whether it is advocating for animal welfare legislation, helping to save animals during natural disasters, leading global initiatives to mitigate animal cruelty - HSUS is there.

1 Amy Rae B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HSUS provides valuable and credible information about a variety of issues that impact animals. The HSUS provides simple and realistic ideas for making a difference for animals (e.g., action items for calling legislators, Meatless Monday, purchasing cosmetic items not tested on animals). The HSUS positions all who have compassion for animals to do what they are able to work towards more humane treatment of animals. The advocacy work, as well as direct services to many kinds of animals, has far reaching effects across the country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSUS works in neumorous ways to help animals. There are really too many ways in which they do, to put in this post but here are just a few.

1) They are Stamping out animal cruelty and fighting.
As a result of their work to reshape the legal landscape, malicious animal cruelty and dogfighting are now felonies in all 50 states.

2) They work to confront extreme confinement on factory farms »
The HSUS is leading the fight to combat factory farming by both reducing the suffering of animals used for food and reducing demand for meat. They have worked with many of the world’s largest food companies to adopt animal welfare reforms. And factory farming proponents are taking notice.

3) They are fighting pet overpopulation and puppy mills » this is near and dear to me, as I am the care taker of 3 former female puppy mill breeder dogs.

4) They are helping to pave the way away from animal research and testing

Really, must I go on?

5) oh, they are able to mobilize and care for animals during a natural disaster. We have had a few of these lately!!

This is a wonderful organization!!

~Wendy Pilot.
St Paul, MN

1 Scott Slocum

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSUS is a voice for the helpless, the abused, the animals who just want to live their lives but aren't allowed to because of ill-conceived human industry, "recreation," "entertainment," carelessness, selfishness, etc. HSUS speaks up, stands up, goes to the sources of problems and provides solutions. It's very good to have HSUS in the world.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS is doing awesome work around the world to protect animals!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful compassonate group. Always on the front lines, very easy to work with.

1

Donor

Rating: 3

Sadly this organization has a lot of potential, but they have little vision for the future. They focus on immediate and reactionary projects occurs regularly, versus taking on the root cause of issues. They give good lip service to education for the future, but don't actually do this work any longer. As a donor I was upset they stopped doing education work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSUS cares for their volunteers and does amazing work for millions of animals. I was honored to be a part of the Forward Food program. They came to my campus and hosted a chef-training workshop and worked closely with my campus Dining Services. They were attentive and genuine when working with the staff and made sure they understood the importance of plant-based foods. HSUS is an amazing nonprofit and I have loved my time being involved.

1 Gary P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got coordinate with this non-profit a few times. Great volunteers and they do so much to help fight for animal rights

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSUS has accomplished so much for animals, With rescues, disaster response, farm animal protection, wildlife and more, it's amazing how much progress has happened.

1 Christine D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the HSUS for decades. It is sad and frightening to see false accusations from agricultural lobbying groups aimed at this honest, effective organization. The objectives of the HSUS are to reduce animal suffering. To truly change things, beyond rescues, so that fewer rescues will be needed. I hope and pray that truth and mercy will prevail.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS has taught me to be the most effective advocate I can be; Our state director (PA) is one of the most hard working, genuine, people I have ever met, creating an excellent team; HSUS is the most strategic organization and achieves great positive change for animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I'm sure you are aware of the many cases of us marshalls shooting dogs when raiding a home, who impose no threats to them. Is there anything you, other organizations and the public can do to help prevent this cruel and unnecessary practice?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just finished a legal internship here. These people work so hard. And, they do incredibly difficult work. I honestly do not know how they can cope mentally with all of the animal brutality that they have to fight. It was an incredible experience. Please note, the HSUS does NOT have any affiliation with local shelters (e.g. Charleston Humane Society, Washington Humane Society). People always think that they do. They do NOT. They litigate, lobby, work with legislators, help pass legislation, and so much more big picture stuff. Donate to this non-profit if you can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Sadly, the national organization seems to exist just to benefit the people who run it. they do almost nothing for local animal shelters. Please support your local animal shelter, not these bureaucrats.

2 Emily158

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) is my favorite animal protection charity because of the vast issues they take on to achieve their mission of the protection of ALL animals. They work to get to the root cause of the innumerable problems facing our country's animals by working hard to pass federal and state animal protection legislation, they encourage and help corporations and companies implement animal welfare minded-policies, they educate the public by providing a wealth of professional information on everything from best practices in animal sheltering, to helping people become aware about the importance of eating with a conscience, to ways to humanely handle wildlife issues, and they provide incredible direct care for so many animals at their animal care centers (in TX, FL, CA, OR) and through the deployments of their animal rescue team and volunteers during man-made and natural disasters. No other charity is as effective as The HSUS and my family, friends, and I absolutely love them for it! This is a photo of one of the tigers who was rescued and is now in their care at their Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am amazed by the dedicated people in the animal protection field--staff, volunteers and interns--and the various organizations working to make animals' lives better. The HSUS continues to impress me by its steady stream of successess for all kinds of animals and how its always trying to do better and come at issues from many different angles. Thank you for helping all animals!

Anne147

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work that HSUS does and am confident that my donor dollars are be used in the most effective way possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HSUS is making unprecedented advancements in animal welfare both nationally and internationally. They are simply the premier organization for enacting change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with HSUS for almost a decade and am continually impressed by the incredible scope of their work, the effectiveness of the organization, and the dedication and passion of their staff. In my Western state, HSUS has been extremely effective in helping reform sub-standard shelters to make them safe and humane for pets. And whether it's getting humane legislation passed, advocating for wild horses and burros, opposing farm animal abuse, or supporting animal shelter adoption programs, HSUS's pragmatic and educational approach is changing hearts and minds. I used to be very skeptical of this organization, mostly because they are so large and I had heard that they didn't really care about animals. Nothing could be further from the truth! Every HSUS staff member I've met is passionate about saving animals, and many of them even volunteer with local rescues on their own time. I have learned a LOT from them and I am now a very enthusiastic supporter (and donor) of HSUS.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HSUS has done tremendous work for the animals. From training law enforcement officers on how to investigate cruelty cases, to lobbying for stronger laws to protect animals, to hands-on work with animals in crisis...they have wide-ranging programs that work to protect all animals. Their work with local shelters and rescue groups (not affiliated with the national organization, HSUS) helps to raise the bar in animal protection and provides much-needed tools, ideas and best practices to local communities.

2 John S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSUS is an amazing charity that impacts animal welfare on so many fronts: farm animals, hunting, pet mills, adoption, wildlife rehabilitation, pet retention, pet-friendly rental and work policies, legislation, education, corporate outreach... it's hard to overstate the reach and the effectiveness of the HSUS.

That's why Philanthropedia's nonprofit experts voted HSUS the #1 nonprofit in the field of animal welfare.

It's why industrial animal abusers pay tens of millions of dollars each year to attack the reputation of the HSUS.

And it's why I'm a regular donor and an outspoken advocate for the HSUS!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Animal abusing industries are spending tens of millions of dollars annually to smear the HSUS' reputation — and animal abusers are all too happy to spread those lies.

But the fact is, the HSUS is the nation's most effective animal welfare organization, period. More than 80% of HSUS funds are used to help animals, and the list of their accomplishments is phenomenal.

HSUS has animal abusers worried. To me, that's proof positive that HSUS is making a difference. I've been an enthusiastic donor and supporter for many years.

http://stophumanewatch.org/blog/why-do-abusers-hate-hsus

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States does so much for animals, it is quite mind-boggling! For almost any animal issue you can think of, HSUS has some program working towards their protection and care. From breaking up dog fights to shutting down puppy mills to exposing the horrors of factory farms to preventing animal cruelty through legislation, they work tirelessly to care for the creatures that do not have a voice. One of the best things about HSUS is that they are not extreme or radical - they are not trying to make the entire world vegan nor are they trying to get all hunting banned. They simply want all animals to be treated with a modicum of humanity and respect during their time on this planet. They provide hands-on care to hundreds of thousands of animals through their animal care centers across the nation, they provide vaccinations and spay/neutering for free to low-income pet owners, they rescue pets after natural disasters and they provide training and education to shelters, law enforcement and other animal handlers all over the country. The HSUS has had an impact on more animals than any other organization in the world and without them, millions of animals would no longer be on this earth. I am so grateful that these caring and compassionate people dedicate their lives to ensuring the protection, respect and care of the animals in this world. We need more people to donate their time and money to this incredible organization so that they can continue to make historical progress for animals. Thank you HSUS for all that you do - you are true heroes!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does more around the world in one day than most organizations accomplish in a year's time. Thank you, HSUS, for all you do every day to serve as the voice for the voiceless worldwide!

5 Kristi26

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS is excellent. They pass many great laws to protect animals and have rescued hundreds of thousands of them. I am a enthusiastic donor and supporter. I have also reached out to volunteer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many people don't understand the scope and mission of the HSUS. It is NOT a shelter. It is a lobbying group that helps promote social change in regards to animal welfare. They fight the fight the "little guys" can't. Every humane law out there, we owe to HSUS.

Their financial support of smaller shelters doing good work is exceptional.

19 LousyWithLove

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How does a 3 out of 5 star charity get "Top Rated" status for 2015? By posting a flood of scripted 5 star reviews during the designated time period. Here's the truth:

Any charity that sends over $55 million in just one year to Caribbean hedge funds - more than 35 percent of HSUS's budget for 2014 - is a scam. Any prospective donor needs only to read their latest tax return, page 38) for that shocking fact. And that makes over $107 million in tax free dollars sitting in the Cayman Island, all funneled there between 2012 and 2014.

Anyone thinking of working at HSUS, don't believe the HSUS scripted 5 star reviews below. Read the terrible comments from people who actually worked there - and some who are still stuck working there - on Glassdoor. HSUS is definitely not "top-rated" at that reality-based website.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

THIS ORGANIZATION IS A FRAUD !!! READ THE STORY BELOW FOR THE FACTS ....

(http://www.awesomeocean.com/2014/07/31/breaking-hsus-loses-charity-rating/)

Earlier in July, word got out that America’s non-profit media darling, the Humane Society of the United States, ran into a bit of bad luck. And when we say bad luck, we mean they finally got what was coming to them. Their fingerprints were all over the movie Blackfish and they’re currently leading the smear campaign against aquariums to raise money for their own selfish interests.

When you think of the HSUS you automatically think of the saintly organization that operates shelters nationwide and saves hundreds of thousands of animals, the organization that stands up for the adorable and abused animals in TV commercials, and above all you probably believe this is the organization that big-hearted animal lovers should donate to. Right?

Wrong. All those associations are complete crap.

The HSUS has historically bragged about their 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, one of the most trust-worthy charity evaluators in the game. Recently, they were downgraded to a 3-star rating and now their rating has been completely revoked, a “Donor Advisory” warning taking its place.

The deceiving game of bait-and-switch has been played for years, with the HSUS inviting misplaced associations between themselves and local animal shelters (sometimes called Humane Societies). To put this in perspective, let’s break down what this despicable organization did to motivate you to reach for your wallet and fork over millions of dollars to a corrupt “charity”.

A film crew would go to a local humane society pet shelter and film some of the cute, cuddly, abused animals that volunteers dedicate their lives to rescuing. Those commercials would air on national television, pulling on America’s heartstrings and leading unsuspecting viewers to believe that the HSUS had a hand in rescuing that animal or providing care after the rescue.

Want the truth? The HSUS didn’t have anything to do with rescuing that animal. They didn’t provide medical assistance or care for that animal and that poor animal won’t see a penny of your donation. They scandalously only give 1% of their budget to local pet shelters and the HSUS doesn’t even operate one pet shelter of its own. Yes, you read that correctly. Even though 85% of their fundraising propaganda features shelter animals, they do not operate a single local pet shelter.

Check out this national commercial featuring Wendie Malick. But while you’re watching, keep in mind what we just told you. Feeling deceived yet?



Now you might be wondering, “Where exactly do those donations go?” Here’s a hint.

In June, the Charity Navigator donor advisory warning went public.

HumaneWatch.org : “The advisory notifies website visitors of the $15.75 million settlement of a racketeering and bribery lawsuit that HSUS was a part of last month.”

Also according to HumaneWatch.org, you can read more about that settlement here, but the lawsuit involved HSUS money allegedly paying a witness who lied to a federal court. Yikes.

Aside from the lawsuit, it has come to light that the HSUS diligently moved money to several funds in the Cayman Islands, calling them “investments”. We’re pretty sure that moving $26 million to offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands is called stashing money. And it’s shady as hell.

The HSUS has essentially operated under the same donation-guise as PETA, where a large portion of their funding comes from people who are clueless about their real agenda. The time has come for American citizens to open their eyes and stop allowing the HSUS to misuse their hard-earned money.

In fact, PETA and the HSUS are driving the anti-captivity movement not for the welfare of animals, but to make money for themselves. They use and deceive people to promote corrupt agendas and the Cayman Island accounts confirm just how rotten this organization has become.

So if you care about puppies and kittens, as opposed to lobbyists and corrupt organizations, send your donations to local pet shelters instead of the HSUS. The animals will thank you for it.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization. They are AlWAYS on the ground for animals in need, whether it's a weather disaster, or just mistreated animals in all it's many forms. I donate to them monthly and am remembering them in my will.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization staffed by wonderful people who are on the front lines every day on behalf of animals who can't speak for themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HSUS is the leader of the animal-protection movement and sets the stage for other organizations. They work toward the humane treatment of “all animals” through a variety of efforts. From puppy mills to seal slaughter, no stone is left unturned. Only positive and respectful approaches are utilized to increase awareness and change the overall outlook towards animal protection.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am consistently impressed by the professionalism of this organization and the breadth of its work. There is no question in my mind that it is making a real difference in the way animals are treated - both in the U.S. and abroad. HSUS is 'getting the job' done - I would not be a donor otherwise.

18 Sandy85

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSUS impressed me so much as I learned about what they do, that I have reached out to volunteer for them whenever possible. They are committed to making sure ALL animals are treated fairly. They help support other animal agencies, they provide places of care for animals and most uniquely, they work to change and create laws that protect animals. We can all rescue animals in need every day of our lives, but until there are laws to stop the people and industries from causing these problems, it will never end.
Before supporting HSUS financially, I made sure they used donor dollars in the most responsible way possible and am pleased with what I found. I support other charities, as well, but HSUS is my #1 organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HSUS is the most effective animal charity. As a state council member, I love hearing about the lifesaving work The HSUS does for ALL animals from improving conditions for farm animals to saving dogs from fighting and providing vet care to low income people. All around it's an organization of great people doing great work for people and animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and donated to The Humane Society of the United a State for almost two years. They do such an amazing job supporting animals, farmers, and their effective volunteer network. Very strong in legislative issues that effect animal suffering and the environment. HSUS is a very effective organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for HSUS early this year and have been amazed at the great work that this organization does from top to bottom. They are making a difference for the animals and for the planet by discussing difficult cruelty issues like with chickens, pigs, and cows in our food system. The employees that I have met and work with are incredibly dedicated and wonderful to work with!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to multiple animal welfare organizations, but HSUS is at the top of my list. I am devoted to HSUS as a donor and volunteer. I want to give my money and time to an organization that has the biggest impact on the most animals and HSUS is that organization. They run several of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. They get laws passed across the country to protect animals. They get corporations to change their policy to stop the worst abuses to animals used for food. Their goal is to stop abuse to animals before it happens. So that means going after the animal exploiters. Most people who are giving HSUS bad reviews on this site are shills for big corporations who kill animals for profit and for others who kill for fun. I love HSUS and will support them as long as I live!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HSUS is the premier national animal protection organization. They are committed to preventing abuse and exploitation of all animals. I proudly volunteer my time to support their efforts--the effects of which can be seen everywhere animals are in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have made donations to the HSUS for many years, but in the past year I have become more involved as a volunteer. As I've learned more about the work they do, the people who work for HSUS, and the impact they have had and continue to have in protecting all animals and preventing cruelty to all animals, my respect for and belief in the organization and its leadership has just gotten stronger. It is an organization that has made important and sustained impacts in improving, saving, and protecting the lives of so many animals. Next I'm hoping to volunteer for the HSUS Animal Rescue Team, an admiral group of people saving many animals from deplorable and inhumane situations. If there were more organizations like HSUS, the world would be a much better and more hopeful place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for HSUS at the state level for about 20 years, and they just continue to amaze me with their drive and professionalism. Honestly, animal activists can seem a little "out there" sometimes, and watching some of them at legislative hearings where animal issues are being debated, I see why animal people are labeled as kooks. But then the HSUS people step up to the mic. Whether paid staff or volunteers, HSUS always sends in people who have done their homework. They conduct themselves like true professionals. They sit down at negotiating tables with stakeholders and opponents and lawmakers, and they make progress the old-fashioned way: through hard work and diplomacy.