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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
I love the work that HSUS does and am confident that my donor dollars are be used in the most effective way possible.
The HSUS is making unprecedented advancements in animal welfare both nationally and internationally. They are simply the premier organization for enacting change.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
THIS ORGANIZATION IS A FRAUD !!! READ THE STORY BELOW FOR THE FACTS ....
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
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.
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.
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.
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.