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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

Community Stories

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!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

The HSUS is the most effective organisation working to stop cruelty in factory farms.No other Org. could have Brought the Ohio Farm Bureau to the negotiation table like they did over the Ohio farm cruelty issue.Thank You HSUS!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Sarah Barnett personally helped with the elimination of the gas Chamber in Licking County Ohio by sharing the history of the fight to rid the county of a cruel warden who had been in place for 20 plus years. During he time he was in charge all kinds of animal cruelty had taken place as well as felony charges and that was just the beginning. By taking the time to talk with me and provide some history Sarah helped me come up with ideas on who to contact in order to form a group. The group I facilitated started a facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Get-Rid-of-the-Gas-Chamber-at-the-Licking-County-Animal-Shelter/288989943015?ref=tsand ) which now has almost 9000 members. The warden has resigned and Licking County shelter is open for adoptions and will no longer be gassing animals.

2 doxie63

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I have come to realize that laws are our most effective tool for protecting animals, it has become obvious that the Humane Society of the United States is the leader when it comes to backing legislation.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've known of the HSUS since I was a very young child, thanks to my parents who were (and still are) members. HSUS really began to have an impact on my life however when I went away to college. As an eager teen looking for a way to make a difference in my community I attended a conference in DC. TAFA (Taking Action For Animals) is 4-day marathon of animal advocacy workshops and networking that has become a landmark in my journey to becoming an effective animal advocate. Here, HSUS provided a mountain of resources and ideas that I was able to take back to Michigan. Within a month of the conference I launched my own student group at my university. In our first year we raised over $1,000 to help fund the End-Dog Fighting campaign, volunteered at local shelters, informed students and faculty on local and national issues facing animals, as well providing resources and informtion on eating humanely and sustainbly through a plant-based diet. Our biggest success, however, was our campaign against battery-caged systems for acquiring the University's supply of eggs. After collecting signatures, screening documentaries, and giving away egg-free baked goods to those on campus, our student group was able to persuade the University to stop carrying eggs from hens in battery-cage facilities. We are now proud students attending of the first 100% cage-free University in the state of Michigan. None of these successes could have been possible without the help of the HSUS. The staff at the HSUS put their tasks on hold whenever I needed help on an issue, needed specific literature, or was in need of a pep-talk. I will forever be a member of this amazing organization and will encourage others to embrace the encouragement and support HSUS offers to those destined to make a difference for animals.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS is an organization that closest in my values regarding animals. They not only focus on companion animals such as dogs and cats, but also farm animals and animals in research.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is solidly the most effective animal protection group in the world. They are a HUGE force to be reckoned with since they have laudable expertise in the field of litigation, public awareness campaigns, and emergency rescue. Despite what people claim about HSUS not helping locally, they are wrong because HSUS provides innumerable resources to local and national shelters. I am a proud HSUS donor and forever will be!

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HSUS is an amazing, precision organization. Its mission: to help animals of any kind, anywhere, whatever the reason. They don't ask if they should respond they respond in a clear, organized manner. They have helped pass legislation that benefits animals in nearly all fifty states; and they know how to negotiate a great deal (as just happened in Ohio). The unfortunate thing I see is that the Center for Consumer Freedom has put the HSUS in its range of fire because the HSUS is easily one of the most efficient and non-threatening animal welfare/rights organizations in the country, if not the world. I appreciate that the HSUS remains above the fray, and ensures that animals always come first. My name is Christa Turnell, and I am not associated with the Humane Society of the United States in any capacity.

12

Donor

Rating: 5

The HSUS is a fantastic organization that's earned its reputation as the most effective, most influential animal welfare advocate in the world. Unfortunately, that's placed them squarely in the crosshairs of industries that profit from animal cruelty. Puppy mills, inhumane factory farmers, irresponsible breeders, "sport" hunters, dogfighting fans, and other animal abusers have banded together behind an industry front group (deceptively named the Center for Consumer Freedom). CCF is waging a well-funded, aggressive campaign to discredit the HSUS with lies and misinformation. "HSUS wants to outlaw all pets, wants to force everybody to be vegan, wants to confiscate your grandmother's guide dog, etc." Don't fall for the smear campaign. The real motivation for the attack? 93 animal welfare laws passed in 2008, 53 anti-animal laws defeated, 18 major animal cruelty cases won, 57 raids on animal fighting rings assisted by the HSUS, 301 suspects arrested as a result of HSUS investigations, 2,649 abused animals confiscated, and 2,000 dogs saved from horrible puppy mills. And that's just a hint of what HSUS accomplishes *every year*. There's also shelter training and evaluation programs, wildlife sanctuaries, large-scale disaster rescues, no-cost veterinary care provided to underserved areas, animal care professional training, public awareness campaigns, Spay Day events, shelter adoption campaigns, rewards for tips leading to the arrest of dogfight rings, protection of endangered species, and so much more. My name is John Doppler Schiff, and I am not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, other than being an enthusiastic supporter and frequent donor. I invite you to explore the real facts at www.humanewatch.INFO, www.bermanexposed.org, and of course, www.hsus.org.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is simply the most effective voice for animal welfare in the history of the US. Through its' sanctuaries, legislative actions, spay and neuter campaign, disaster response, information for shelters and other campaigns addressing whaling, seals and farm animal welfare, HSUS has positively impacted the lives of all animals.

13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team Member and have been deployed several times to help in puppy mill rescues, cruelty investigations and seizures, and sheltering over 600 animals. I believe that HSUS does everything it can to help animals in the US and around the world. They have never claimed to be funding local shelters, they work NATIONALLY to cure the problems that lead to over population in local shelters. If you have looked at or even listened to the Humane Watcher's propaganda then you need to read the truth in the eyes of the animals I have help save!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

HSUS operates through extensive lobbying in Washington and backing by major corporations such as Bank of America. While HSUS may advocate a worthy agenda for companion animal welfare, this organization is extraordinarily ill-advised when it comes to the welfare of food animals. HSUS's extreme disregard for cooperation and communication with farmers, many veterinarians and the food animal industry as a whole is a hindrance to it's supposed goal of improving food animal welfare. This organization creates divisions rather than collaborations and is hurting its mission in the process.

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HSUS has gotten a bad wrap from an organization called humanewatch.org, which is an affiliate of the Center for Consumer Watch. Take a look at this website to learn more about this supposed non-profit http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Center_for_Consumer_Freedom. Also, check their profile in Guidestar. They are not what they seem to be but they are swaying a lot of animal advocates by discrediting HSUS. HSUS does wonderful work with lobbying for better animal care practices. Since these practices are not convenient to big industry, a man by the name of Berman created CFF and humanewatch to distract the public from the real truth. The truth of how these industries make animals suffer for their own profit...

3

Donor

Rating: 1

HSUS is a lobbying organization. By their own admission they do not care for any of the puppies and kitties that appear in their ads asking for donations. Their antics in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are will known in the sheltering community - they were good for a photo op and not much else. This is a vegan, animal rights group that does very little to help actual animals.

Review from Guidestar

19

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is single best organization for helping animals on a grand scale. They take on the issues that are too large for individual shelters. Large scale investigations, training sessions, and legislative victories all go toward creating a better world for animals.

19

Donor

Rating: 5

The HSUS is the largest and most effective animal welfare organization in this country. They work tirelessly to encourage pet adoption, end the abuse of dogs in puppy mills and fighting rings, improve conditions for farm animals, end inhumane hunting practices and so many other initiatives that protect the welfare of all animals. I am so very proud to be a supporter of the HSUS and encourage anyone I know to do the same.

14

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HSUS is an incredible organization, with many of the most passionate, determined, intelligent, people I have ever met in my life. It is an honor to be a supporter. I cannot praise the HSUS enough for the work they do to save animals.

15

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society not only does the most of any organization to keep pets out of shelters in the first place, with their puppy mill campaign, spay and neuter, adopt and responsible pet ownership, etc. They also do not forget the animals most abused and exploited on this plant: farm animals. They have been single handedly responsible for the most important investigative and legislative efforts on their behalf.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society has over the last few years, began employing some incredibly effective tactics to address animal welfare in the U.S. They're working hard to reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters, by sponsoring nationwide spay/neuter programs and awareness, educating owners, and increasing the interest in adopting shelter animals. They're working on long-overdue legislation around puppy mills and horrific conditions for some livestock. Unfortunately their effectiveness has earned them the ire of corporations that exploit animals and they've funded an organization (HumaneWatch) to covertly fight HSUS and other animal welfare efforts, and have a legion of followers with vested interests, including puppy mill breeders and factory farmers, who are very vocal, and it appears, have posted ad nauseum here.

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

HSUS does not run any dog or cat shelters, and yet they use these animals in their ads to mislead the public into thinking they do. Less than 1% of donations go to help ANY animals, and yet everything you read that this group puts out implies that they do help animals. If you really want to help animals in need, donate to your local humane society, and urge any group to distance themselves from this lobbying group.

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

It is really unfortunate that many of you are unaware that less then 1/2 of 1% of HSUS donations go to local animal shelters. HSUS is raging war on our nation's hungry and poor. Check out humanewatch.org for more information. My rating is 0, but it will not allow me to post this.

Review from Guidestar

19

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HSUS is our countries largest and most effective animal protection organization. Recent campaigns by animal-abusers to slam the reputation of the HSUS have focused on the fact that they do not run actual shelters. Well, I know for a fact that they DO have several of their own direct animal care facilities. And, their mission is not nor was it ever to run an animal shelter! Their organization is there to do the things that small shelters (like the one I work in) are unable to do - change the way people view and treat animals, and get to the ROOT causes of abuse. Ultimately this helps many different kinds of animals (not just dogs and cats), and will help to keep animals out of shelters to begin with. I will continue to support the HSUS in everything they do!

12

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is, by far, the most effective animal protection organization around. I have been a supporter for decades and will continue for the entirety of my life. The recent onslaught of negative reviews is obviously some sort of industry attempt to demean the organization for the sole reason that the HSUS is so effectively changing the way our animals are mistreated. Everyone should feel confident that every donation does, in fact, go a very long way towards helping animals.

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

this organization is not doing what people think it does -- the dollars do not go to help animals in shelters. And, the salaries paid to the top people are exorbitant. It does not deserve non-profit status since so much of its time and funds are spent on lobbying efforts at state and national levels. It is primarily a lobbying organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I am very angry that HSUS lied about their part in certain very public rescues and used that to raise funds. I am also angry they never stepped up to save the lives of fighting dogs until OTHER organizations shamed them into doing so. I sure wish it was possible to get the truth out about this lying organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

If there were a way to give zero stars, I would. My biggest problem is that the organization is misleading in their fund raising. I would feel better about them if they were more candid about their activities and about what the money would be used for.

13

Donor

Rating: 5

I thought they actually helped animals, come to find out they help political campaigns instead. I will never donate to these folks again.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The HSUS is an extremist animal rights organization and does not run any animal shelters nor are they affiliated with one. The HSUS uses almost all it's money for writing and lobbying for anti-animal ownership legislation. Annually 4% or less actually goes directly to helping any animals and we know this because of their public tax records. Of the little money that does go to animals, most of it is used to generate more donations for income which makes one question their actual intentions. When people say "but look at all the good work they do" -- you can bet any animal interaction is only done so they can use their video as propaganda to dupe the public into giving more money. Many HSUS employees have also worked for other openly animal rights groups including it's president. One of their executives has also been a member of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) which is on the FBI list of domestic terrorist organizations. The HSUS is a deceptive extremist organization that deserves attention by the Internal Revenue Service for it's millions of dollars that go into it's lobbying efforts instead of where people think their donations are spent. To see the 12 step animal rights agenda go here: http://www.angelfire.com/oh/turkishangora/animalrights/agenda.html Pay close attention to # 10 which says "Stop any further breeding of companion animals". The overall rating requires you at least give one star -- but the HSUS does not deserve any stars!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

HSUS does not want people to own pets, they LIE when they appeal for your donations, implying that they will help animals, and almost all their money goes to lobbying to make getting a pet as difficult as possible.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They have contributed little to the welfare of the animals in the circumstances which provide the organization with their best fund-raising opportunities.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As a dog lover and breeder of purebreds for over 50 years, I can support all the negative comments regarding HSUS. It is a sham political front collecting monies under the guise of helping animals; it does no such thing! It purports to help the helpless; it really intends to make all animals obsolete and turn society into it's idea of a vegan society--no zoos, no circuses, no sensible farming methods, no hunting, no furs, no meat eating, no American way of life. These radicals have no desire to help animals; they do have an intense desire to help their political causes and themselves through large salaries and luxury offices. I hope the gullible American public wakes up and quits listenting to little Hollywoodites who know next to nothing about real life! They just support causes that "sound good."

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Misappropriation of funds, does not help animals as they claim to be doing. Does not actually help any animal shelters and very little helps any animals. Money instead goes for fundraising and attorney/lobbyist fees to pass anti-animal legislation.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I wish I could give zero stars. There is nothing humane about H$U$. All they really care about is lining there own pockets and lobbying legislators to enact laws to eliminate individuals rights to own and care for animals. They should have their 501 status revoked and forced to pay taxes because in no way are they a charity.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Owner of a computer/network repair and maintenance company. With exceptions of very short duration, I have owned animals all my life including, but not limited to dogs, cats and fish. I have never been involved with HSUS, but have been impacted by their agenda and the ideas they push.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They want to be the animal police in our country. They deceive the people about what they are doing with the contributions they receive. Their own comments are they are not in the business of animal shelters. They have not done any scientific studies to back the stories they tell. They are a not a government agency either. Their agenda is to do away with all animals. There will be a large economic impact on this country when businesses and family farms are lost do to the legislation this organization is getting passed. They are not the good ole boys they want people to think they are and they don't care about animals or people.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This group spends less than 5% of all monies they take in on animals. Instead they buy land and acquire assests so they can further their Vegan agenda. They have taken monies under false pretenses and been investigated by the Attorney Generals in at least two states. This group does NOT operate shelters nor do they prefer spay/neuter services. They are a lobbying group operating under a 401 3 C for to push Vegan philosophies.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

This review is more of a review of the negative reviews written against this charity. 90% of the negative reviews occur in in two separate two-day span. This appears to be a smear campaign against the HSUS. Please take this into account when researching this charity.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw their TV Commercial, and went to their website - this organization does work work. I was happy to be able to read Mr Pacelle's blog to get a more personal feel for the group. I volunteer at my local shelter and am happy to see and hear about what is happening on the national level to help animals, I donate to both because I can't pick one!

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was surprised to be at a very small dog walk in rural Virginia, and see a table for the HSUS. They had great hand outs, didn't ask for donations or anything, (they even had extra leashes which came in handy when a nearby dog got loose!) I spoke with the people at the table representing the HSUS and they were very nice and down to earth, and definately got my support! It's so rare to see such a large group involved in such a small event, that it shows how involved they are.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization pulls on the heartstrings of animal lovers to solicit funds to "end animal suffering" when those funds go to pay huge salaries to administrators and lobbyists working to make all dog and cat breeders, including responsible ones, a thing of the past. This group siphons funds away from struggling local humane societies and does not in any way fund the noble work that those groups do, despite the similar names. This year they harrassed the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association to the point that legal action was required, despite the fact that the state's association of animal health professionals are the appropriate source of ethical information on animal welfare issues.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Watching the HSUS people in action in trying to pass laws in over 40 states in the U.S. makes me very upset. They want to take away my right to raise,breed,and love my dogs. They want to shut down pupy mills ,as I do ,but their methods they are persuing will also stop legimitate dog breeders. If you really want to see what they do with their donations read their financial statement. Millions of dollars donated 25% to executive compensation, 25% to publicity, 3% to shelters. When thet do one of their FABULOUS T.V. raids they take the animals , smile for the cameras, wear their coats that inentify them to the world and take the animals to a local shelter. The shelter gets no compensation from HSUS to care for the animals. If you really want to find out the truch about contact the Atlanta NBC tv station and ask them about their expose about the Katrina animals and HSUS..

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The HSUS just takes money from people and use it to lobby lawmakers into passing laws that we don't need. They tout them as being for the animals when in reality, all they want to do is eliminate all dog and cat ownership. 99% of the money they collect goes to lobbying for laws that only hurt everyone not help the animals.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

My honest experience is that no one should be duped into thinking HSUS helps animals. They have falsely alleged their involvement in dire situations (the Vick dogs, Hurricane Katrina, and others) in order to raise millions in donations that are then used for multi-million dollar salaries and lobbying to end pet ownership. The public does not understand that despite the name, the HSUS does NOT operate ONE single shelter and less than 4% of their donations go to support ANY shelter nationwide. They are registered lobbyists in all 50 states. They are expert manipulators and their CEO has links to domestic terrorist organizations such as ALF.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It is unfortunate that HSUS has exploited the humane society name to make innocent people thinking they are saving dogs and cats. Unfortunately, HSUS is an animal welfare extremist industry. Let's face it, their staff has to raise money for their boards agenda to get done. If they don't raise money they will no longer have a job. I love my pets and adopted them from a shelter. I give generously to my local shelter and want all other wanting to save dogs and cats to also give locally. The HSUS provides very little assistance to local shelters. Just enough to say they do help. It is really sad.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS cares about all animals. Not just the cute and the cuddly. If you believe that efforts can be made on all fronts because you believe all animals--livestock and pets-- deserve humane treatment regardless of their fate, this is the organization for you.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Please please donate to your local area shelters, they are the ones who need the money. You can donate food, blankets, toys and money.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

These people are so dishonest. I just found this article: WASHINGTON – According to new research from the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) contributed less than four percent of its $91.5 million budget to hands-on dog and cat shelters in 2007. CCF is criticizing the nation’s largest animal rights group for not doing more to help hard-working local humane societies, calling HSUS’s name "misleading." According to its most recent tax return (filed on November 14, 2008), HSUS contributed about $3.1 million of its $91.5 million operating budget to hands-on pet shelters. CCF performed an exhaustive audit of HSUS’s giving last month. Martosko continued: "HSUS is telling Americans how hard it is for local shelters to stay open in this economic climate. But it’s taking their donations straight to the bank. More Americans need to understand that the Humane Society of the United States is not an umbrella group for local humane societies. But the hard-working professionals and all the homeless pets in those shelters could certainly use one – especially now." To read the explosive "Seven Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS," visit www.ConsumerFreedom.com.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I received mailings from the HSUS regularly with return address labels picturing cute puppies and kittens. Their literature encouraged me to give to them to help needy animals. I thought that my donations were going to go to care for, feed, and help find homes for these animals. I was appalled to learn that they do NOT operate a single shelter, they CHARGE shelters for evaluations (of up to $12,000), they have used fradulent methods of fund-raising such as the "HELP US help Michael Vick's Dogs" when they had NO responsibility for them AT ALL, and they were investigated for their handling of donations in relation to Hurricane Katrina by the Lousiana Attorney General. The HSUS paid $300,000 to settle with them. However, the HSUS then spent I have seen how they have tried to stamp out pet owner's rights through a myriad of proposed legislation all over the U.S. They use misinformation and emotional appeals without unsubstantiated by fact. Matter-of-fact, THAT is what they are--The LARGEST Animal Rights Political Lobby in the world. Hundreds of thousands of dollars go to political campaigns (including the Louisiana Attorney General election since they did not like being investigated). They are NOT a SHELTER. It really rips to know that they could build a state of the art shelter in every state and territory in the U.S. to actually care for animals, but instead spend their millions to incrementally legislate pet ownership out of existence. PLEASE GOOGLE and research the H$U$ before you give your hard-earned money to them....BETTER YET, give to your local shelter that actually DOES care for the needy animals. I didn't want to give them a star at all, but you have to in order to post.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

HSUS is attempting to take away our rights to own and enjoy pets, as well as force us to become a vegan society by making the cost of meat and dairy products out of reach for most people. They are doing this by proposing and supporting legislation across the country that makes pet breeder so difficult, no reputable breeders will exist. In addition, adding outrageous restrictions and requirements for farmers and ranchers will force many of them out of business or make them raise prices to pay for the right to do business. HSUS is NOT for animals - they do not support local shelters, and the money they raise from unsuspecting Americans goes to pay staff and political pros across the country. SO NOT SENT THEM ANY MONEY!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The HSUS is nothing more than an Animal Rights lobbyist organization. They do not care about Animal Welfare, their only goal is to eliminate animals from our lives - as pets, as food, as clothing, and in every other way. Please do your research on the HSUS before donating any money to them. Personally, I would not have given them any stars, but 1 star is the least you can give.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

HSUS is all about legislation and not about animals. They collected funds for the care of Michael Vick's dogs when they didn't even have the dogs! They collected millions for Katrina and spent a fraction of it. The last raid that rounded up pitbulls with HSUS involved ended up with all 150+ dogs, even puppies being euthanized. Don't waste your money - give to your local shelter. These folks will be happy when there is no use of animals at all.

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Donor

Rating: 1

HSUS is an arm of Peta. Like Peta they see only select animals as worthy of saving with pitbulls and feral cats high on their hit list followed by pets in general.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The HSUS cares NOTHING for animals. They are a power hungry legislative lobbying group ONLY. Not ONE shelter for dogs and cats.. NOT ONE. HSUS lobbys for the extinction of pets. They recommended the KILLING of all of Vicks dogs ( who were VICTIMS themselves).. and still collected MONEY saying they would try to save them.. talk about two faced. PETA with an expensive ( bought with YOUR money) watch. If you don't mind your donations going to expensive airline tickets, schoomzing with legislators and killing dogs who have the "crime" of being born the "wrong breed'.. then donate.. then by all means.. send a check.. other wise Friends Don't let Friends Donate to the "HSUS". Give to your LOCAL shelter.. the ones who REALLY do the work

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

7 Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States) 1. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a “humane society” in name only, since it doesn’t operate a single pet shelter or pet adoption facility anywhere in the United States. HSUS operates sanctuaries for large animals only, not shelters within the commonly accepted definition of shelter. During 2006, HSUS contributed only 4.2 percent of its budget to organizations that operate hands-on dog and cat shelters. In reality, HSUS is a wealthy animal-rights lobbying organization (the largest and richest on earth) that agitates for the same goals as PETA and other radical groups. 2. Beginning on the day of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s2007 dog fighting indictment, HSUS raised money online with the false promise that it would “care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case.” The New York Times later reported that HSUS wasn’t caring for Vick’s dogs at all. And HSUS president Wayne Pacelle told the Times that his group recommended that government officials “put down” (that is, kill) the dogs rather than adopt them out to suitable homes. HSUS later quietly altered its Internet fundraising pitch. 3. HSUS’s senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California veal processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.” That same year, Goodwin was arrested at a UC Davis protest celebrating the 10-year anniversary of an ALF arson at the university that caused $5 million in damage. And in 1998, Goodwin described himself publicly as a “former member of ALF.” 4.HSUS raised a reported $34 million in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, supposedly to help reunite lost pets with their owners. But comparatively little of that money was spent for its intended purpose. Louisiana’s Attorney General shuttered his 18-month-long investigation into where most of these millions went, shortly after HSUS announced its plan to contribute $600,000 toward the construction of an animal shelter on the grounds of a state prison. Public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations add up to less than $7 million. 5. After gathering undercover video footage of improper animal handling at a Chino, CA slaughterhouse during November of 2007, HSUS sat on its video evidence for three months, even refusing to share it with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. HSUS’s Dr. Michael Greger testified before Congress that the San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney’s office asked the group “to hold on to the information while they completed their investigation.” But the District Attorney’s office quickly denied that account, even declaring that HSUS refused to make its undercover spy available to investigators if the USDA were present at those meetings. Ultimately, HSUS chose to release its video footage at a more politically opportune time, as it prepared to launch a livestock-related ballot campaign in California. Meanwhile, meat from the slaughterhouse continued to flow into the U.S. food supply for months. 6. According to a 2008 Los Angeles Times investigation, less than 12 percent of money raised for HSUS by California telemarketers actually ends up in HSUS’s bank account. The rest is kept by professional fundraisers. And if you exclude two campaigns run for HSUS by the “Build-a-Bear Workshop” retail chain, which consisted of the sale of surplus stuffed animals (not really “fundraising”), HSUS’s yield number shrinks to just 3 percent. Sadly, this appears typical. In 2004, HSUS ran a telemarketing campaign in Connecticut with fundraisers who promised to return a minimum of zero percent of the proceeds. The campaign raised over $1.4 million. Not only did absolutely none of that money go to HSUS, but the group paid $175,000 for the telemarketing work. 7. Research shows that HSUS’s heavily promoted U.S. “boycott” of Canadian seafood—announced in 2005 as a protest against Canada’s annual seal hunt—is a phony exercise in media manipulation. A 2006 investigation found that 78 percent of the restaurants and seafood distributors described by HSUS as “boycotters” weren’t participating at all. Nearly two-thirds of them told surveyors they were completely unaware HSUS was using their names in connection with an international boycott campaign. Canada’s federal government is on record about this deception, saying: “Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years … it’s no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott.” Want evidence? Visit www.AnimalScam.com • www.ActivistCash.com • www.consumerfreedom.com Revised October 2008. Complete sources and documentation available upon request.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

HSUS does nothing to actually feed, house or care for animals. It is an Animal Rights organization whose main goal (and where they spend most of their money) is passing legislation to make pet ownership more difficult and expensive.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization does not care for animals. They do not operate any shelters nor do they donate money in any significant sums to suffering animals. They are an ANIMAL RIGHTS group who would like to see the end of all animal ownership and use. And that includes an end to hunting, Zoos, meat eating, companion animals, working animals, service animals and any and all combinations of human-animal bonds. Wayne Pacelle is the President of HSUS these are HIS own words: “I don’t have a hands-on fondness for animals…To this day I don’t feel bonded to any non-human animal. I like them and I pet them and I’m kind to them, but there’s no special bond between me and other animals.” Wayne Pacelle quoted in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 251. "We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. . One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding." Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP of Humane Society of the US, formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals, Animal People, May, 1993 "We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States ... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state. Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP Humane Society of the US (HSUS), formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals, Full Cry Magazine, October 1, 1990. "Human population growth is ultimately one of the most significant that we as a movement have to grapple with. It's a simple equation that more consumers translates into more animals raised for food….For the sake of the animals, there's nothing more powerful than changing your diet." Wayne Pacelle, Vegan.com , October 1998. JP Goodwin Self proclaimed Csar of HSUS Dog fighting division. "We have found that civil disobedience and direct action has been powerful in generating massive attention in our communities ... and has been very effective in traumatizing our targets." JP Goodwin, Committee to Abolish the Fur Trade, National Animal Rights Convention '97, June 27, 1997, now employed by the Humane Society of the United States "My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture." JP Goodwin, employed at the Humane Society of the US, formerly at Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, as quoted on AR-Views, an animal rights Internet discussion group in 1996.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society plays a critical role in the well-being of all animals. They are a voice for animals as well as those of us who care passionately about them. It’s often rather surprising to many people when they learn how few, if any, laws actually exist for certain animal groups, and the Humane Society fights the hard fight daily, to establish new and reinforce those already in place. With cutting-edge approaches, up-to-the-minute knowledge of animal affairs, and pleasant demeanor, this organization creatively utilizes its members to assist in their much needed work. They make it all too easy for people to voice and demonstrate their support when support is needed. They allow people to feel accepted into a society where they can voice their opinions while maintaining a feeling of acceptance when their understanding of animal concerns may be somewhat limited. The Humane Society is a well-rounded, generous and reliable organization that I’m more than proud to be a part of.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot imagine how the world would be without the Humane Society. ANIMALS are not just "animals", but they are living, breathing, FEELING creatures like we are. ALL animals, including people, breathe air, cry out in pain when hurt, eat, drink, release bodily wastes, and sleep. So why should animals be denied HUMANITY. Are we not human beings? What is the worth of a human being without compassion? It would make a person the most dangerous animal on earth. Strange, as "intelligent" people are or can be--for many individuals, despite our computers and mathematics and sciences galore-why is it something as simple as COMPASSION be beyond their grasps? It's very sad animals are oftentimes abused and tortured for GREED (farm factories), GLUTTONY(Farm factories) , ENTERTAINMNET (hunting, circuses, dog fighting, etc), and VANITY (the fur industry which rips flesh off still living, conscious beings). And how tragic it happens everyday, every second, to millions of animals all around this world. Where is the compassion? What makes it far worst--PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THEY DO AND DO IT WITH EYES WIDE OPEN. Fully aware. And still do it. The Humane Society is a Voice for the helpless. There are angels in heaven, but also on earth. Clearly, it is the Humane Society of the United States. “If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

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Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS goes the distance for animals with a voice that crosses geographical and psychological boundaries in successful attempts to break bad habits and cycles of societal operations that negatively impact life; thus, improving the world around us. The HSUS has accomplished great feats in changing chronic dire circumstances for all types on animals that not only go unnoticed in society but often sit day after day in torture for the benefit of mankind without a saving grace to offer even a moment of comfort. Furthermore, HSUS disaster relief efforts nationwide have greatly assisted in crisis situations as without their hands on help, public support, media exposure, and experience, many people and animals would suffer greater hardship. And HSUS also excels in the assistance of animal justice in legal cases that would possibly become unjustly minimized without a strong voice of compassion, enlightenment, and need for animals. Due to this undying, amazing focus on animal cruelty and welfare, HSUS has given a face to all suffering animals, pet owners, and reinforces the significance of all life on our earth. I would like to see HSUS increase their efforts on government run shelters where animal over-population, over-congestion, and massive euthanasia often occurs. Poor conditions are common in many state-county shelters with minimal means being the operative term. Maybe create a specific multifaceted task force to address such shelters and the "short-lived" resident animals that often lack any chance at all.