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The Humane Society of the United States

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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

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

Natalie Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Kelsey H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Kathy M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Chris P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Deborah M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the Unites States is THE MOST comprehensive animal protection organization that I know of. HSUS advocates for animal protection on so many levels. This organization has positively impacted the care of companion animals, farm animals and exotic animals. The grass roots approach helps to educate our citizens so that we can all become more compassionate towards all animals.

1 Jessica S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 MamaAngie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Amy Rae B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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

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

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

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

Really, must I go on?

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

This is a wonderful organization!!

~Wendy Pilot.
St Paul, MN

1 Scott Slocum

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Gary P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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