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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty

Results: -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

Target demographics: mostly women ages 40-50

Geographic areas served: USA and beyond

Programs: 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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404 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

15 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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You know, what really bothers me about some of the reviews I have read here is this... Most of them sound EXACTLY like the accusations I have heard against other animal rights organizations. Almost all of their so-called facts can easily be fact checked and found to be lies. I am an accountant by profession and please know if you are concerned about where your donations go non-profits that are not religious affiliations are required to disclose their financial statements. You can check for yourself! As for HSUS not supporting any shelters they happen to run several shelters in my home state. That is saying a lot since my state ranks very low in animal rights laws. No one is trying to take away domesticated animals for goodness sakes! If you are really interested in what HSUS does here is a link to their financial statements. http://www.humanesociety.org/about/overview/financials/2011_annual_report/annual_report_2011.html
Don't listen to the naysayers. They are probably the ones abusing the animals.

10 Howard8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I have met Wayne Pacelle of HSUS and attended several workshops and presentations by paid staff. I have discovered that their goal is the elimination of all domestic species. They present a case for ending the eating of meat that is not scientifically valid and they use their funds to push laws that do harm to animals in the long run. HIs goal is to control the food supply and to limit all Americans to a vegan diet by controlling access to the food supply. He gets around people by lying to them and pretending he cares about animals when in fact he has and has said so, no real attachment to animals. He pretends to make the lower amount of CEO's in his level of position, but what he does not say is that all of his living expenses are paid for by HSUS. He is a true con man and his goals for this country are not in the best interest of our farmers, our animals or our citizens who love their animals. In fact I would go so far as to say he is a danger to all species of animals including the human species because he is out for the power to destroy not build or save. He is interested only in what you can offer him in the way of control. He is a dangerous man and he has built a cult like staff around him all looking like ken and barbie dolls with these blank unseeing minds following his every word like zombies. They do not understand the nutritional needs of the human body, let alone what an infant needs nor do they understand how to care of any animal. They even put out a vegan dog food and a vegan cat food which is a slow death for these animals.

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sarahbarnett 01/16/2013

I work at the HSUS Howard, and your comment is riddled with misinformation. Many of us, including our CEO, are pet owners, and share a bond with our animals, as well as others. We work to end animal cruelty, and that ranges from shutting down puppy mills to ending egregious forms of wildlife abuse. We are there for all animals, and that includes farm animals. That is why we work together with farmers and ranchers who treat their animals with compassion to stop cruelty to farm animals as well. I would like to assume most people will take your review with a grain of salt, since you're accusing people of being zombies, but I wanted to address the issues you raised for those that are curious.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to HSUS AND I also donate to my local animal shelter. I realize these are two entirely different organizations. HSUS is using their money to create and enforce laws that protect animals. Until laws are in place to protect ALL animals- yes, even farm animals, and those laws are followed, I will continue to support them. To ding this charity because they do not operate a shelter is narrow-minded. You have to look at the broad picture to see the good they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As a veterinarian, I know many people that have donated to HSUS who think their money is going to be distributed to local animal shelters. If you look at their tax returns you will see that less than .7% of their money goes back to any shelters. They do not own or operate any animal shelters. I have studied their website and followed them for years. Everything about them is designed deception to bring in money-primarily pet owners who love animals. Send your donations directly to you local shelters. They are 100% local and 100% volunteer and extremely underfunded.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I am confused. Some people say that this charity is a fraud and, others say it is good. Can someone please show me proof?

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googame

Donor

Rating: 5

I have three cats that are very important to me. One was a stray and the other two were kittens of strays. The HSUS helps animals that are in need of a home or are abused/neglected or injured.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I live in Oklahoma and I can tell you that HSUS has been invaluable in our state. 30 yrs ago they worked with my local animal group andw/ the OKC Animal Shelter to improve shelter conditions, improve, adoptions (adopting out neutered spayed, vaccinated animals) and change euthanasia methods. Since then HSUS has been involved in helping smaller OK towns build shelters. They've been involved in numerous cruelty investigations that resulted in arrest and punishment of animal abusers. The have conducted workshops to help law enforcement, shelter workers, and us animal advocates on numerous topics, not the least of which is response in emergency situations (we live in tornado Alley). So for all you HSUS naysayers, I personally, and my state, and hundreds of animals have benefitted greatly from HSUS on many levels.

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Donor

Rating: 2

Someone please explain the charity navigator analysis of the FYE 2010/12 data. Fundraising expenses $53M. Program expenses $68.5M. Fundraising expenses 19.1%. Program expenses 77%. Using any reasonable math based on total revenue OR total expenses, program expenses are less than 77% and fundraising expenses are much higher than 19.1%. Charity navigator appears to be over-rating this charity. Fundraising expenses appear to be closer to 35% of total revenue and 42% of total expenses. What exactly are donors paying for?

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Donor

Rating: 5

Humane Society of the United States is an organization that is actually helping animals. Anyone who is listening to what Humane Watch says against the Humane Society is being completely mislead. Humane Watch is only out to enslave animals to line the pockets of the people running the evil corporations profiting from cruel factory farming. Because the Humane Society is trying to prevent cruelty and protect farm animals, Humane Watch is trying to take them down. People, please do your research and you will see for yourselves. Bottom line: Humane Society = good. Humane Watch = evil.

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13 Elaine10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The HSUS is not an animal welfare organization. They are an animal rights organization whose goals are to destroy animal ownership and breeding. They donate less than one percent of their income to animals in need and the majority of their money is spent lobbying legislators to make it impossible for ranchers to continue to raise the food supply for this country. They are under inverstigation for violation of the RICO act. They do not meet the standards to be a 501c charity. They mislead the public and spend their money on photo ops during disasters and then leave town and they sure dont leave the money there to help the rescuers. Please go to HumaneWatch.org and do your own investigating. Search the internet fro Katrina/HSUS and make your own educated choice. Donate directly to local rescue and shelters so the money goes to help the animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If you donate to HSUS, you are funneling a chunk of that money to some of the sleaziest professional fundraising companies in the world. Quadriga Art (Google CNN's investigation of them) and Share Group (shut down last year for fraudulent reporting) are two of their many liars for hire. CharityWatch, the Einstein of charity watchdogs (Charity Navigator is the Paris Hilton of the bunch), gives HSUS a D for spending 48% of our taxpayer-subsidized donations on fundraising. Animal rights newpaper Animal People concurs, noting that direct mail solicitations requesting money are fundraising, not charitable services. How difficult is this concept? In 2002, Worth Magazine spent 6 months investigating American charities to find the 100 Best and 10 Worst. Worth's sources included Charity Watch. HSUS was one of the 10 worst. Three years ago, Worth, no longer an investigative magazine, spent around an hour compiling a list of the 10 most financially efficient charities. Their only source: Kim Kardashian aka Charity Navigator. HSUS made that list. When you promote or reward groups like HSUS, you are keeping crooked mail mills and telefundraisers in business; you are betraying the donor public and you are diverting money away from the intended beneficiaries. I'm embarrassed for Great Nonprofits and Charity Navigator.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am shocked and outraged that anyone would list the HSUS as #1 on ANY list of great nonprofits, or even VALID nonprofits. I won't post links. Instead, I invite anyone who reads this review to simply type the words "the truth about HSUS" into Google, Bing, or any other search engine. Pick a link, and do it wisely-- choose the animal rescue organizations that post about it rather than those you think might be suspect. You'll find your dollars are used for everything BUT animal rescue. The HSUS doesn't operate a single shelter, not one. They charge shelters for their materials, and advocate euthanasia over adoption. Check their statistics. They go hand in hand with PETA, another organization that is anything but advocating FOR animals and would rather see them killed than involved with humans in any way. Search for euthanasia statistics and HSUS and see that they kill most-- not some-- but MOST of the animals turned over to them. If you've got the guts and temerity, you'll end up with images of animals kills en masse at the orders of HSUS. HSUS has tried to clean up its worsening image lately by "doing good," but those efforts don't erase the true face behind this terrible organization. Consider the info on this page: http://gracieland.org/DaneRescue/available/index.html and do your own research before you throw your money into the money-sucking abyss that is the Humane Society of the United States.

2 Kathy70

Donor

Rating: 5

We NEED this organization for legislation purposes. They are big and powerful and can change the animal cruelty laws. So if you really love animals you will donate to your local shelters AND donate to this this very effective, hard-working organization. Donating only to animal shelters will not change any laws. We need to get laws changed to make animal cruelty a felony. The HSUS is big enough to do it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS provides leadership in public policy issues that help companion and food animals live stress free lives. They started a new university to train new shelter managers who will reduce the astronomical numbers of animals euthanized each year. I have met their leadership team and they truely are very passionate about the work they do. Many are vegans. They have a pet friendly work place. They are the real deal. The work they do helps millions of animals in many ways.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helps animals locally by working for (and passing) legislation that protects ALL animals of a certain class, such as animals raised in factory farms or in puppy mills. They also provide direct care to many abused animals. They do a great job, as documented in their very well-written magazine. People who misunderstand their mission do animals no favor by running them down. Who else is working on a national level to prevent animal abuse? Who else is in a position to rescue animals when natural disaster strikes? We need a national organization as much as we need local ones.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

HSUS is NOT in the business of animal welfare, but animal rights. HSUS does NOT support your local animal shelter, does NOT actively save dogs and cats (despite their fundraising advertising and their carefully orchestrated photo ops) and DOES spend more of their fundraising dollars funding their pension fund than they do on actively helping animals. They meet their education requirement as a 501c3 with the single phrase "Spay/Neuter your pet." HSUS gets an "F" from charitywatch.org. It's the grade they deserve. Unfortunately, HSUS has a lot of negative impact on animals and people everywhere.

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8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My issue with the HSUS is that through those heart wrenching commercials, they lead people to believe that they are helping homeless and shelter pets. Not that they actually say that but the images imply that. I for one no longer donate to the HSUS but rather donate to shelters and groups that are in the trenches every day helping abused, neglected and homeless domestic animals. I know they show up at every high profile disaster with their beautiful trucks embellished with their logo, but once they perform their "rescue" they dump the "rescues" on local shelters, and within a couple of days i'll either get an email from them or see a new ad on tv asking for a donation to help that effort. shame on you HSUS.

Patti11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank Yous HSUS for your dedication in fighting for humane legislation and your unwavering commitment to improving the lives of animals everywhere! You are Awesome!!

Tasha P.

Donor

Rating: 5

The HSUS is on the front lines of animal welfare, and because of this, they are slandered by groups that profit from animal exploitation. Unfortunately, there is a selection of the general public that believes the lies spread by HumaneWatch. I live in a state that is known as being "puppy mill friendly" and I have seen the Humane Society acting on behalf of these neglected and exploited animals. I know that they do good work, not just for companion animals, but for all animals whose environment and well-being are at the mercy of humans and business. They are an essential organization.

10 Vanessa W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The HSUS is very disappointing. They claim to be experts on animals but often know little to nothing. They harness the goodwill and expertise of those who do, but don't give them credit. They mislead the public on their true agenda -which is the elimination of all domestic animals. The purposely create division among others in animal care fields. In short they do little to help animals and lie about their true intentions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

It has been well documented that less than 3% of the donations received by HSUS actually go to helping animals. The rest goes to anti animal legislation and healthy paychecks to their employees. HSUS spends most of the donations it receives on things other than the actual care of animals. According to the Center for Consumer Freedom, after analyzing documents filed with the IRS, the HSUS collected $86 million in 2008 and — get this — gave only a half of 1 percent ($450,000) of that budget to the care of needy animals.

Furthermore, $20 million was allocated for legislation, litigation and campaigns. More than $24 million, which is 28 cents of every dollar received by HSUS, was spent on further fundraising!

Perhaps even more alarming is the fact that 41 HSUS employees were paid at least $100,000, and HSUS President Wayne Pacelle’s salary was more than $250,000.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is not a charity and their non profit status is being investigated by the US Gov't. Almost none of the money they raise goes to help animals. They raise money to try to eliminate all animal ownership. Virtually all of the animals that they do rescue are euthanized. They are nothing more than a political group.
Please remove them from this group.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Are you kidding me?? 4 stars? HSUS breaks up dog-fighting rings and puppy-mills and dumps the animals on local shelters without a dime. They lobby to kill most of the animals they "rescue" such as th Vick dogs. ot tht that stops them from fund-raising for the animals they aren't contributing to. Until they get caught that is. They partnered with dog-fighter Micheal Vick recently as well. Anyone who supports this scam is naive or deluded. They are just as bad as PETA! This rating makes me trust this site very little.

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Judith10

Donor

Rating: 3

I do support this charity as I feel only a large organization with a national presence can help with certain issues. However, I really really do not want all the stuff they send you in the mail and that I then end throwing out. No way/mechanism to tell them this. Think a LOT of money wasted this way.

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7 Anne Little

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I do not understand how they rate so high when they spent in 2010- 68 million on programs and 53 million on fundraising - that is way too much. the ratio should never be more than 25% spent on fundraising.

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Donor

Rating: 3

Someone wrote about the Center for Consumer Freedom bashing HSUS. I just want to say that CCF is a lobbying group who works for restaurants and the food and fur industry...Their job is to denigrate animals welfare and rights groups because of the threat animal rights groups pose to businesses and industries that deal in animals for food, clothing, and entertainment. If you check out their websites, that should become apparent. I suspect the person who posted the HSUS bashing message was a member of CCF...They are very busy little elves trying to manipulate people to abandon animal welfare organizations. I assure you, they don't like vegetarians, and they would NEVER recommend an animal charity. The bigger the organization, the more they go after it, and HSUS and PETA are big.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate the work HSUS does to help ALL animals and to tackle systemic forms of animal abuse that local animal shelters simply aren't able to address. I volunteer for my local shelter and I have personally worked alongside HSUS volunteers in direct rescues of animals from hoarding situations and puppy mills. They also rescue dogs and roosters from fighting rings and operate several animal sanctuaries. Those who say that HSUS does nothing for homeless animals are just spouting off the talking points crafted by anti-animal faux-charities (The Center for Consumer Freedom and Humane Society for Shelter Pets) funded by industries that profit from animal exploitation. These front groups are the work of Rick Berman, the same terrible human being who has attacked other legitimate charities like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The industries that fund his fake charities would prefer that you only donate to your local shelter because that means they will never have to change their abusive business practices. The more they step up their attacks on HSUS, the more I know that HSUS is making important gains for animals. I will continue to support BOTH my local shelter and HSUS because I know they both help animals in different but equally important ways.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Seeing as the leaders of the HSUS are being charged with racketeering, money laundering, and bribery and will likely serve prison time, maybe their employees will stop giving this group 5 star reviews. Here is a link to the article: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_21169780?fb_comment_id=fbc_10151133580557386_25480823_10151137220062386#f2c6fad6c8ixzz228locLv6

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sarahbarnett 08/10/2012

Contrary to some articles and online posts, Ringling Bros. has not prevailed in a court case over its mistreatment of elephants in its circus. The court did not rule on the mistreatment of the elephants alleged by the animal welfare organizations and entered into evidence during the trial, ruling instead that the court lacked the power to hear the case because the organizations did not show that they had been damaged in a legal sense. The HSUS was not one the organizations filing the suit. The judge left unchecked the abusive training and control methods, such as the bullhook, typically utilized by circuses. A bullhook is a pointed spike with a hook at the end, which is used to poke, prod, strike and hit animals in order to "train" them -- all for a few moments of human amusement. Kenneth Feld, who is the CEO of Ringling Bros.’ parent company Feld Entertainment, admitted under oath that his employees strike elephants with bullhooks. There is growing momentum against the use of abusive methods to train elephants. A court in Los Angeles recently prohibited the use of bullhooks on elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo. And last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hit Ringling Bros. with a $270,000 fine -- the largest penalty ever leveled under the federal Animal Welfare Act. The circus’ retaliatory countersuit, which dates back to 2007, is a civil action, and there are no “charges” and no law enforcement involvement at all. It’s simply one disgruntled corporation suing to silence its critics -- which is hardly a new or unexpected tactic. Feld Entertainment filed a grudge suit, and some very sloppy or ideologically slanted reporters have misstated the facts. We at The HSUS are proud of our work to end the abuse of animals wherever it occurs – whether on a puppy mill, a slaughter plant, a dogfighting operation, or anywhere else. Guidestar’s Philanthropedia experts have ranked The HSUS as the highest impact animal protection organization and we receive high ratings for charitable accountability from Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I would never donate to any organization listed as NON Profit when so much of the money is used for anything other than what most people believe is being used to bring greater conditions to the animals they claim it for. I only donated for a short time and will never donate to them again, I have been breeding, raising, training and LOVING horses for over 45+ years, good registered horses not the run of the mill backyard type produced by ubknowledgable animal lover's (?) that have flooded the market in the last few years A couple of years ago a certain horse was brought to my attention by a woman that owns a rescue in CA. to ask if she could have been bred to my Paint stallion, I knew the mare and she proceeded to tell me where the mare came from, I received photo's which were horrific, the mare was rated a 1 on a scale of 1 (being near death) to 10. the woman did not know if she could be saved or not, but with diligent care, a good vet and lots of prayers she survivred, this mare was an aged mare with teeth that prevented her from eating at all, they had to wait a couple months to be able to work on the teeth, during which time the mare was fed a diet of soupy alfalfa pellets and gained weight. The incident was reported to San Diego Animal Control, THEY WENT TO THE PLACE WHERE THE MARE CAME FROM AND CHECKED THE OTHER ANIMALS, THEY NEVER WENT TO CHECK THE MARE HERSELF NOR DID THEY GET IN TOUCH WITH RESCUE THAT HAD RECEIVED HER. I made a trip to the HSUS offices in San Diego, they would do nothing told me if it was investigated by Animal Control (which it was not) they would not do anything. I wonder if Wayne Pacelle would stay in his position if his salary,comps and perks were less than he makes at this time ?????

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Both my wife and I have donated for years to the HSUS and specifically to its efforts in bettering the controls in factory farming. We have supported several of the organizations efforts toward education and legislative change. The effort we feel most dear to is their undercover investigations at meat processing facilities. We believe they have very rightfully earned our financial support and feel it is a worth while charity. Many who have written bad reviews of the organization simply are not educated to the reality that they are a more legislative/education society vs. a more hands on society such as the ASPCA. There is a distinct difference. Both types of organizations are justified and useful. the HSUS is more the former than the latter. The donator simply needs to do there homework and distribute their donations across the two types of organizations. In conclusion, we find the HSUS a worthy charity and will continue to support it.

7 Nicole27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This rating is completely without merit. The HSUS gives 1℅ of donations to local shelters. The money collected from animal lovers is spent on an animal rights agenda with NO thought given to animal WELFARE. Please support your local shelter who do the real work to help animals.

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6 Hannah10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Why tell us that you support Animal Shelters when less then 5% of your actual income go's to shelters? All HSUS is worried about is hiring lawyers and lobbiest. Get out of here. I will support my local shelter and never support HSUS.

2 Ron R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm only weighing in because some of the reviewers here are straight-up nut jobs- most likely "hoarders" with a strange sense of animal kindness. First off, ALF no longer exists- hasn't for years. The HSUS are not terrorists or Nazis - they try to stop "hoarders", puppy mills, cruel farmers and those who abuse animals in general that's all. Believe me the world is a much better place due to their hard work and dedication.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Humane Society is a top-level and wonderful organization. After reading some of the negative comments, it is amazing how many stupid and ignorant people we have in America. The Humane Society helps to get laws passed so those who are evil and ignorant will be held accountable for their actions against animals. If I won millions in the lottery, the Humane Society would be the first organization to receive my money, along with the ASPCA, Dogtown, and other similar organizations. I only regret that my donations are not enough to promote change, such as to pass laws that severely punish all who are involved in puppy mills and other inhumane treatment of animals. It's shocking that in 2012, we still live among barbarians in our country, and we have the nerve to call other countries "third world."

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with HSUS as a volunteer for nearly 20 years now as they work tirelessly for better antti-cruelty legislation, care for animals, help in disasters, and do so many good works, it is impossible to list here. With an organization as large and influential as HSUS, you will hear from their detractors loud and clear. THE NEG REVIEWS BELOW ARE WRITTEN BY THOSE HIRED TO ATTACK HSUS.Y HSUS is comprised of people who deeply love animals. But they are constantly and vehemently harrassed by the State Farm Bureaus who actually harrassed me and my fellow volunteers on the street as we collect signature on petitions. People who make a living by selling/trading Exotic Pets are cruel, selfish, and greedy people. I have spent weeks helping take care of dogs and cats in horrible condtion who were rescued from large so called 'sanctuaries'. Those who run them are criminals.

5 lcbrns921

Volunteer

Rating: 1

HSUS sponsors ALF and is no different than any other home grown terrorist group. I did not know I was volunteering to terrorize people out of their pets and to wind having most of them killed. They abuse the victims of these raids, plant false evidence and make false charges. I saw them spray urine on puppies and smear than with feces when taking them out of their kennels. They pushed the owners physically no matter their age or gender. They treated these human being like trash for owning pets. Although some had more than most people most of them were well fed although not all were groomed. But they were healthy and particularly saddening for me was to go to raid a sanctuary. In sanctuaries you will see animals with infections or under weight who have been recently taken in to the sanctuary for safety. However, HSUS raids were conducted on sanctuaries instead of giving these sanctuaries money to help care for these animals at their last place of rescue they took them and killed then and not only that destroyed the sanctuaries building and houses for the animals. This was sickening. I felt like I was a nazi collecting jews for concentration camp killings. This organization is sick throughout. I am sending my information in through a friend because these people are really scary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I would hope HSUS wouldn't say they're an animal shelter, since they're not. But, they do send people door to door raising money for local animals when it won't be spent locally. Also, while they're not an animal shelter they do rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills and other unsavory people, of which they euthanize just under 85%. No, they're not an animal shelter, they are advocates who are good at filming people bludgeoning seals and who stand against puppy mills, pet stores, people who 'own' pets and un-owned pets in general, since they are invasive species to the environment.

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3 Karin M.

Donor

Rating: 3

HSUS is by no means a radical animal welfare group, as some have indicated in their reviews here. However, I cannot in good faith make a monthly donation to HSUS of say, $10.00 in order for it to go into a general fund, when I know $10.00 will pay for a heartworm test at my local pound. I believe that my money can go a lot farther if I use it to enable my local pound to perform a h/w test or rabies shot to an impounded dog or cat.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HSUS doesn't pretend to run local animal shelters. That is not their role. They are responsible for getting thousands of pro animal bills passed in local and national government so that the local animal shelters have some help and can take care of the animals that need them. Oh, and by the way, HSUS does run 5 of the largest animal (equine, wildlife) sanctuaries in the country.

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Is terrible when you donate to an organisation that only care about their money, they do more harm that good and their radicals views end being bad for the animals and person.

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3 Dustin B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Humane Society of the United States is a lobbying organization that essentially wants to ban all confined animals. If it were left the the HSUS all animals would be banned and no one would be able to keep even a dog. I have worked aside HSUS multiple times and all of their volunteers were misinformed and were just trying to make quotas in donations! When a "nonprofit" puts away more money in their pension plans then they actually give to animal shelters there seems to be a problem. And for anyone saying this is a nonprofit, you should tell Wayne Pacelle that. It definitely seems like he is making a huge profit off of it!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Having had to deal with HSUS employees in the past, they seem to be rabid in their misled beliefs, quick to disparage anyone with an opposing view and love to spew views that do not hold up to scrutiny. They will not be held back by facts! They don't care about majoritys, they don't care about the needs of animals, they do care about donations, the love donations, donations are power to them, donations pay for their lawyers and their lobbyists. HSUS is a true American terrorist organization

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4 Wm T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This is not a humane society....it is an animal rights group. Money donated to this group goes to its radical agenda, they do not run shelters, less than 1% of its money goes to direct care of animals. The idea the HSUS got a positive rating is outrageous.

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2 Maria24

Donor

Rating: 4

HSUS deserves commendation for its fight for humane legislation and commitment to improving the welfare of animals through policy.

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Donor

Rating: 2

Although this non-prof appears to spend over $22 million per year on fund-raising expenses it shows no concern about staying in touch with faithful regular contributors. I am still waiting for a reply to my inquiry as to why they stopped charging my credit card without notice to me during 2011. They are wasting contributions on inefficient fund-raising.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I am not sure how this charity can get a 3 star rating when only about 12 cents of their recommended donation amount of $25 goes to actually helping animals. During the Michael Vick trial, while they were signing Vick as their new celebrity spokesperson, they were in court at the same time, moving to have the Vick dogs killed. As it turned out, all but one of the 49 dogs rescued was adoptable. The HSUS sits on a hoard of over $140 MILLION DOLLARS, which it refuses to use to actually help animals. They are nothing but a lobbying group paying lip service to animals and hoarding cash. Find out more disturbing facts about them at Humanewatch.org.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the HSUS for many years. I greatly support the work their team does to rescue animals from dire situations and place them in loving homes when possible. HSUS rescues not only domestic animals, but wild animals from zoo operators not in compliance with USDA regulations. Animal welfare is of utmost importance, and HSUS cares.

amyk1980

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HSUS does work to fight animal cruelty on the national scale. While the HSUS doesn't pay operating costs for local shelters -- no organization could as there are over 5000 local shelters in the country -- it does a great deal to assist them.

The HSUS provides training initiatives for local animal shelters, hosts the nation's largest trade and educational show for shelter professionals, and maintains national shelter standards. It launched the first ever national advertising campaign to promote the adoption of shelter animals. The HSUS also has major advocacy campaigns to combat animal cruelty, dogfighting and cockfighting, Canada's notorious baby seal hunt, and large-scale puppy mills. Its Animal Rescue Team deploys in response to natural disasters, working with other organizations to rescue, shelter and reunite lost animals with their families.

I volunteer and give financial support to my local shelter, but I also volunteer and support the HSUS. The work of both organizations is critical to animal welfare in the United States.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is simply the most effective organization in the country working on behalf of animals. I donate and volunteer for the HSUS for several reasons. First, they work on behalf of ALL animals, whether that means helping to pass laws against shark finning, cockfighting, or getting farm animals out of cruel, intensive confinement. Second, the HSUS works to strike at the root of animal cruelty. This includes busing puppy mills, raiding dog fighting rings, protesting the seal and whale hunts, working for truth in labeling about fur, working against canned hunts and internet shoots, etc. If you rescue an animal, you help that animal, but if you pass a law, you help millions of animals. This is what the HSUS does best. The HSUS also provides direct care for thousands of animals through its five sanctuaries as well as its humane veterinary care program and other programs. No, the HSUS does not fund local shelters. If it tried, it would run out of money in a week, and the homeless dogs and cats would just keep coming. But the HSUS helps shelters in many ways including publishing Animal Sheltering mangazine, running the annual Animal Care Expo, providing shelter visits and consultations, etc. There is simply no other organization that can do what the HSUS does on a national scale every day.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was skeptical about the HSUS after hearing some farm groups bashing them, but I looked into what they really do and now I understand the criticism, and its BS. These groups bashing HSUS are mad because HSUS stops cruel practices like veal crates, and passes laws that shut down puppy mills. Those companies may not like HSUS, but I sure as hell do!!! Keep fighting animal cruelty!!!

3 Terry13

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS worked to rescue nearly 700 cats from a hoarder in Alachua, FL! The volunteers I spoke with were thrilled with the HSUS' work in evaluating, transporting, and finding placement for them. And so am I! I doubled my donation this year, and did it with a smile.

4

Donor

Rating: 1

HSUS can correct the false impression that they shelter animals by NOT jacking the name of long-standing organizations who actually DO rescue animals. It's obvious they're gravy-training the names and reputations of genuine humane societies - people and organizations who provide direct aid and assistance. If HSUS and its supports are so bothered, HSUS can return the money of disappointed donors and change their deceptive name; that would end the complaints. Oh, yeah: they can cut out the crazy aggressive phone calling while they're at it. Those guys who promise to lower my credit card rates are more considerate than HSUS telemarketers and mail spammers. HSUS sucks; they're not getting another dime from me.

5

Donor

Rating: 4

HSUS is a crucial part of fighting animal cruelty and abuse for ALL animals, not just shelter animals. While I agree that many people mistakenly believe HSUS runs their local shelter (they do not), or that local Humane Societies are "chapters" of the national organization (they are not), I STRONGLY disagree that the HSUS is either deceptive or unnecessary. HSUS' mission is to advocate against animal cruelty and abuse. They do not claim to run shelters. In fact, local Humane Societies (many of which were named after HSUS was formed) will tell donors on THEIR websites and in their marketing materials that they are not affiliated with the national organization. More to the point, HSUS is one of the few organizations large enough to fight animal abuse (such as puppy mills, animal experiments, factory farms, canned hunts, horse slaughter, and fur farming, to name a few) on a national level. Local organizations do not have the resources or the expertise to fight for all animals; they must usually focus their resources on just one or two. It is important to support local rescues and shelters. And it is also important to support HSUS. I have been a donor to HSUS for many years now, and I know EXACTLY where my money goes. My donation goes to help create a world where ALL animals can live a life free of cruelty and abuse. HSUS gives help and hope to ALL animals, and I hope you will give to HSUS. I know I will.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The HSUS uses very deceptive advertizing to promote their cause - however very little of the donated money actually gets to needy animals. Our own equine organization is overwhelmed with unwanted horses, in many cases starving and neglected, but the HSUS in reality dedicates very little money to help their status, in spite of all of their publicity. All of their money goes first of all, to their top employees, who are more interested in their top salaries and aggressive advertizing to bring in more money from generous but misguided donors who wrongly believe that their money will go to help the animals. It is far better to give directly to your local animal shelters and horse rescues than throw good money away on this predatory organization that is it in for its own benefit, not true animal welfare.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

HSUS uses false advertising that they are helping shelter animals, when in reality they donate a very, very small portion of their money to help these animals. They exploited the Michael Vick fighting dog case to get millions in donations even thought they did not have custody of any of those animals........then they support Michael Vick even though he was convicted of animal cruelty. There is a major contradiction here.

They also were the lead agency in the animal rescue portion of Katrina volunteers. They shipped dogs to shelters all over the US and left people in New Orleans hopelessy searching for and not finding their dogs. They stood in the way of people being reunited to their beloved pets.

They also push anti-pet legislation, such as manditory spay and nueter laws that would affect responsible breeders who do genitic health screenings and take back puppies anytime,. These same laws would not prevent backyard breeders or puppy millers from breeding as they stay undercover and don't obey licensing laws anyway. Wayne Pascelle has been widely quoted as saying, "One generation and they're out" when talking about manditory spay/nueter laws.

Nobody want to see animals mistreated, but this organization does not spend your donations they way their advertising leads you to believe.

Below, I clicked some impact, but it is negative impact.

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

DO NOT SUPPORT THE HSUS!!! Here is why...HSUS is a "Humane Society" in name only, sharing a meager $527,566, or 0.4 percent of its $120 million budget with sheltering organizations nationwide in 2010. In the same year, HSUS spent $47 million in fundraising-related costs (37 percent of its total budget) and put $32 million in hedge funds... - http://archive.constantcontact​.com/fs024/1103685263837/archi​ve/1108433184606.html

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They use paid phone solicitors who are persistent and extremely rude. No respect for your privacy -- got as many as half-dozen, or more call in one day from 9:01 AM to 8:59 PM. Also, HSUS sells your name, address, etc to other organization. I used to donate but after dealing with their solicitors and organization staff's lack of ethics, not a penny will go their way!

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6

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Of course they don't spend their money on shelter animals. They spend it where it most needs to go - factory farming, fur, experimentation...the big guns. Billions of animals die for food, and that is where the focus of the future must be. Those who claim they're being targeted by HSUS must have something they're hiding that they need to change. So change it.

9 CatLoverForLife

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Perhaps this biggest hypocrit of all.....Raises hundreds of millions each and every year with their misleading tv ads and then sits on their money while beautiful animals are KILLED in shelters across the country......I bet you THOUGHT they helped shelter animals, right? Well, that's what their heart wrenching tv ads want you to think! Look just a little closer and see what they really do to to help shelter animals....and it isn't much.
Shame on HSUS for their relationship with the sociopathic dog-torturer and killer, Mike Vick!! Shame on HSUS for NOT helping so many prescious animals when you have the power, the name and the MONEY to!

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Donor

Rating: 2

I joined because I supported the initiatives that HSUS has sponsored for Animal Welfare in OH. But since then I have been inundated with mailing labels, calendars and other junk almost every week. I have enough mailing lables to last a lifetime! I don't want my dontated dollars spent in weekly mailings I want them to use the money to promote the welfare of farm animal production. I feel they are wasting my donation, spending it all soliciting further donations.

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sarahbarnett 09/17/2011

Hi Disney, I work at HSUS, and we're sorry to hear that! We totally understand that some people don't like mailings. We get positive feedback about a lot of the things we mail out, however there is also the option to reduce mailings. You can contact membership@humanesociety.org if you'd like to reduce the mailings that you receive. Thanks for the support in OH!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the HSUS, and supported their hard work for years. They never cease to amaze me. This organization was not founded to support local shelters, it was founded to do the hard work of helping all animals everywhere. The people who criticize and threaten Wayne Pacelle, and HSUS' employees have no idea what they are talking about. The laws are clear, and the HSUS is so far into the guidelines that it is awesome that they can do so much for so many. I would tell those delusioned souls who hate HSUS that they are malinformed, and not very bright, for failing to check out and understand the amazing work of the HSUS.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I started looking into HSUS when they started attacking farms like my family has owned for generations. Bottom line I found out that they give almost none (less than 1/2 of 1%) of their funds to actual pet shelters. By far much more goes into fundraising activities, paying high salaries, pensions, etc. and misinforming the pubilc and leading them to believe that American Family Farmers abuse their animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I find it humorous when I hear people oppose HSUS because they aren't giving enough of their money to local shelters and local humane societies. I want to say to those misinformed individuals: Do you think Walmart should give part of their profits to Walgreens? After all they both share "Wal" in the name and sell the same products? Since Walmart is the bigger company, by your formula, they ought to be passing some of their money to Walgreens? That is precisely what these misguided individuals are asking of HSUS. Despite the name correlation, make it known -- there is NO AFFILIATION whatsoever between HSUS and local humane societies, so don't be confused by the name similarity. My local humane society started DECADES before HSUS was even formed! Further, the overlap of their initiatives is small. Local humane societies help pets -- this is only one of many areas that HSUS tackles. HSUS needs every penny they receive to address and solve the widely complex and enormous welfare abuses ACROSS OUR COUNTRY that involve BILLIONS OF ANIMALS. I advise everyone to read HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle's book, The Bond, to get the clear picture of what I am referring to. His book is a thorough presentation of the animal welfare issues surrounding us all. You will also quickly get a sense of Pacelle's honesty, integrity and passion for ending animal abuse, which comes through vividly, and you will see why HSUS is an organization to be praised and cherished. I look forward to making my annual donation to them every year, and always wish I could give more.

Also, a quick and easy way to keep up on the issues HSUS is currently involved in is to subscribe to Wayne Pacelle's blog (go to their website for the link on the home page). Don't base you're opinions on the angry, misguided reviewers here -- see for yourself how wrong they are! I look forward to receiving Wayne's blog via email everyday. I'm always impressed by his professionalism and unrelenting dedication to what should be changed, and what must change. We are a better society because of HSUS. Lest we forget, animal cruelty is the precursor to people cruelty. It was no surprise to learn in a county in my state where puppy mills increased over the years, so did the domestic violence. We need to stop violence to people before it starts by ending animal abuses on all fronts. We need to protect our waterways from factory farm waste runoff (or you can say goodbye to ever taking a dip, or going fishing -- read the book Animal Factory). We need to safeguard our health against the recurring food recalls (thanks factory farms). These are large scale initiatives that only an organization like HSUS can tackle. Having first-hand experience volunteering for HSUS, and following initiatives they are involved in across the country, I can say with the utmost confidence, HSUS is fully worthy of being considered a GREAT NONPROFIT!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm not sure why so many people complain that the Humane Society isn't just a big animal shelter. Yes, we should support our local shelters. However, we should also support organizations working for change on a larger scale. We need better laws to protect animals, and we need people to become more aware of what is actually going on with animals in our country so that we can work to make changes. This is what the Humane Society does, and they do it better than any other animal welfare organization out there. I will continue to support them in making a difference for ALL animals.

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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I count our lucky stars that HSUS is a powerful animal lobby & think that's exactly where effort should be concentrated. LEGISLATION is important and gets to the root of problems afflicting domestic & wild animals. Without powerful animal lobbys, wild & domestic animals are at the mercy of other powerful lobbys like NRA & sportsmen groups.....and yes, they heavily influence domestic/ livestock animal issues . I commend Wayne Pacelle for his vision and for his strong leadership of the 'PAC' :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Let's be honest - H$U$ does NOTHING but enable vegans to change our world. Their goal - the same as PETA - is to separate humans from the rest of the animal world - no meat, no eggs, no dairy, no milk, no leather, no wool, no service animals, no drugs based on animals, no animal research, no riding, no fishing, no search-and-rescue animals, no drug sniffing animals AND - lastly - NO PETS!!!!

Sick people who kneel down at an evil altar want to eliminate all domestic animals! That's right - they want to remove all choice and force their sick way of life on everyone. Abused as children - in their minds - they hate love and comfort and companionship.

They are lobbying for laws all over the country that will remove your right to own an animal. Think twice about giving them any money - as bassetboy said - they do NOT help any animal. They LIE!!! In fact - they are responsible for putting family farms out of business!!!

By the way - this 1 star rating is TOOOOoooo high for them - but there's nothing lower!!!!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

As someone who's dedicated the last 3 years to fighting their agenda - I encourage people to turn the other way. They spend NO money on the animals - as compared to their lobbying and paying off politicians. Prop 2 will 'cause havoc in the California poultry world - chasing farms out of state, costing millions of dollars to consumers, and generally making eggs less safe to eat! Good work - H$U$ - you are a terrorist organization. And 1 star is only because the program requires something!