The Humane Society of the United States
Rating: 3.06 stars 356 356 reviews 42,653
2100 L Street, NW Washington DC 20037 USA
Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty
-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 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—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 -We helped pass 86 new animal protection laws in state legislatures in 2007, a record year
mostly women ages 40-50
Geographic areas served:
USA and beyond
Advocacy and public policy, encompassing such activities as expanding the scope of corporate policies concerning the treatment of animals, urging consumers to modify their spending and lifestyle habits to favor humane products, increasing the scope and strength of animal protection statutes and regulations, and persuading their leaders to ally themselves with humane values, are important elements of the hsus' work. (continued to schedule o)
cruelty prevention program, and direct care and service cruelty prevention programs serve the fundamental hsus mission of carrying out long-term initiatives to ensure the well-being of animals in a variety of contexts and settings. The hsus's direct care and service initiatives are designed to meet its commitment to animals and their basic care needs across a wide range of issue and program areas. These initiatives involve external grants to other organizations and the direct care work that is carried out by the hsus and its staff members. (continued to schedule o)
the work of research and education, with the related activities of public education and outreach, is a core element of the hsus's programs. This work is conducted through many sections including donor care, communications, media and public relations, conferences and events, publications and content, the humane society institute for science and policy, faith outreach, rural development and outreach, humane society academy, and the hsus los angeles office. Donor care donor care, which oversees and manages the membership experience for the hsus, responds to thousands of supporter and member inquiries sent annually. In 2014, donor care fielded 75,178 telephone calls across all hsus affiliates; 138,618 emails across all hsus affiliates; and processed 150 to 200 pieces of mail per day, handling approximately 45,948 pieces of mail in the year. Communications communication with the general public and other audiences is a high priority. The content department creates print and electronic magazines, brochures, advertisements, reports, and other documents. In 2014, more than 773,000 people received the hsus's bi-monthly all animals magazine and there were nearly 57,000 recipients of the magazine animal sheltering and its e-newsletter. The combined readership of all animals, animal sheltering, and kind news was more than 830,000. The hsus communicates with many supporters via phone, letter and email, and on social networks. The hsus has more than 2. 2 million supporters on facebook, updates more than 300,000 followers via twitter, and updates more than 30,000 people via instagram. The hsus's ceo/president writes a blog about animal issues and the organization's activities, sent to approximately 6,000 subscribers. In 2014, the hsus website recorded nearly 26 million visits, and supporters took an estimated 1. 4 million online advocacy actions. Hsus online videos were viewed approximately 9. 3 million times during 2014. The hsus has a dynamic text message program, activating more than 100,000 constituents to take action for animals, directly from their mobile phones. Media and public relations the media relations department works to inform the public about animal protection through mass media. In 2014, the hsus distributed nearly 200 press releases, 50 statements, and 70 news briefs to journalists; distributed more than 300 letters to the editor, op-eds, and guest blogs; conducted interviews with news outlets; and placed related advertisements. These efforts generated more than 6,000 news stories about the hsus and its work. Conferences and events the hsus hosts a number of conferences and events for animal advocates. These include animal care expo, the major professional animal care and services conference in the world, and taking action for animals (tafa), a marquee event for humane advocates interested in engagement and training. In 2014, 1758 people from over 30 countries attended animal care expo, and 1222 people attended tafa. Humane society institute for science and policy the humane society institute for science and policy (hsisp) works to integrate the science of animal welfare into public policy and other forums. Hsisp focuses the energy and expertise of the hsus's cadre of scientists and other specialists on the most urgent public policy questions affecting animals worldwide, via conferences, consultations, and other channels. In 2014, hsisp expanded its digital asset repository - a curated on-line library - to facilitate access to useful animal welfare documents for a broad audience, and sponsored a conference on animal sentience that drew participants from around the world. Humane society academy through humane society academy, the hsus provides teaching materials and professional development to support teachers and humane educators. In 2014, the hsus reached hundreds of educators through the association of professional humane educators (aphe) conference, national service-learning conference, national afterschool association convention, online webinars, and the hsus's certified humane education specialist (ches) program. More than 565,000 students from kindergarten to 6th grade in 19,367 classrooms received age appropriate messages about animals and kindness in kind news. Through the adopt-a-classroom program, kind news remained america's number one humane education resource. The hsus also managed the shaw-worth and florence kaufelt student scholarships, and honored the national humane teacher with a special award. Faith outreach the faith outreach program engages people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues. In 2014, the program cultivated major faith leaders by co-hosting regional dinners in the midwest; creating a video series with nationally-known faith leaders; creating the hsus dharmic leadership council, and more. The faith outreach volunteer and ally program increased by 40 new volunteers and 300 allies, and hosted over 20 faith outreach events at local churches. In an effort to engage faith communities and individuals nationwide, the faith outreach program attracted 3,500 new supporters through its ongoing and seasonal campaigns including fill the bowl, humane backyard, eating mercifully, and st. Francis day in a box. The program continued to provide assistance for hsus public policy priorities by facilitating support from faith leaders for a variety of campaigns. The work of the faith outreach program was featured by a number of notable outlets including the new york times. The hsus los angeles office the hsus's los angeles office works with influential public figures from the world of entertainment, including actors, musicians, athletes, authors, and filmmakers, to raise awareness of the core campaigns and programs of the hsus through events, print advertisement and video campaigns, exposes, and other advocacy efforts such as public appeals, social media activity, opinion pieces, and endorsements for humane legislation. The hsus's dedicated celebrity supporters include james cromwell, betty white, woody harrelson, kristen bell, kaley cuoco-sweeting, kate mara, anjelica huston, martha stewart, jon bernthal, kesha, chase utley, and golden tate. The los angeles office acts as adviser for a variety of film and television projects - both documentary and narrative - to ensure and promote humane messaging, and encourages filmmakers to invest in alternatives to the use of exotic animal actors in their productions. Partnerships have included the groundbreaking documentary blackfish, through magnolia pictures, and darren aronofsky's global blockbuster, noah, through paramount pictures.
donated in-kind services reported per instructions: p&a: $21,167,406 legal services: $2,684,209 facilities rental: $4,935 advertising: $19,750 airline miles/tickets: $48,723 total: $23,925,023
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10 people found this review helpful
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!
10 people found this review helpful
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!
4 people found this review helpful
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.
5 people found this review helpful
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.
9 people found this review helpful
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.
6 people found this review helpful
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.
3 people found this review helpful
The HSUS is the nation's most effective and most powerful animal welfare organization -- so effective, in fact, that they are the number one target of smear campaigns from animal abusing corporations who have had to change the way they do business.
HSUS confronts puppy mills, inhumane factory farms, seal clubbers, horse abusers, dog fighters, cockfighters, and dozens of other varieties of cruelty and abuse... And they put an end to it.
I know that my donations are being put to the best possible use by the HSUS!
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33 people found this review helpful
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.
3 people found this review helpful
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.
5 people found this review helpful
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.
6 people found this review helpful
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.
5 people found this review helpful
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.