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!
As an intern at The HSUS, I've seen the amazing work this organization does. They understand that change is incremental and expertly choose those causes that are important and will help end an immense amount of suffering. They are truly advocates for all animals, whether companion animals, farm animals, marine mammals, wild animals, or any other group or species. They work to end animal suffering at all levels, and I am proud to have worked with them.
As a volunteer in Arizona, I have seen firsthand the incredible work done by The Humane Society of the United States. It works to make the world a better place for animals in so many ways, such as working for much-needed better laws to protect animals, rescuing animals from cruel situations, and educating the public about problems and issues animals have. HSUS is one of the few organizations working to improve the lives of "all animals, everywhere." HSUS focuses on helping animals in the U.S. and has an international affiliate that works to help animals across the globe. There are thousands of volunteers such as me very serious about helping animals who appreciate the backing, support and information provided by HSUS. I make a significant financial contribution every year according to my means, and work regularly with the great people at HSUS. They truly have one of the best organizations and collection of expertise in the world.
I became a member of the HSUS, when one of their agents helped get improvements made for impounded animals in my city in 1974. At the time I was impressed with the outreach and accomplishments of the organization, when it was a lot smaller than it is now. Over the years, I have been thrilled with the organization, as it grew into the effective organization that it is today.
The HSUS was founded in 1954 to do what small local or regional humane organizations cannot do, including working on state and national legislation. I have had opportunities to work on grassroots efforts with the HSUS on legislative issues.
The work of the HSUS is fully explained on its vast website, its magazines and in its official history, that was published on its 50th anniversary. As a volunteer in various aspeccts of humane work on a local level, information from the HSUS was always just a phone call away.
I have been a proud member of the HSUS since 1974 - almost 40 years. During that time, I have had the priviledge of knowing several staff members personally and many others through phone and e-mail contacts as I am also an active volunteer in local humane work and have had reasons to contact the HSUS for information or advice from time to time. There is no more transparent organization than the HSUS. They display what they do on their website and in their frequently published magazine. If the HSUS says they did this or did that in connection with a large rescue effort, you will find newspaper and TV accounts that back up their claims. No other humane organization is attacked by animal abusers as widely as is the HSUS. And that is simply because the HSUS is exposing the cruelties that are suffered by animals, cruelties that are carefully hidden from the public - puppy mills, horse soring, and abuses within factory farms, to name a few. Those who profit from those enterprises involving cruelty to animals don't want the HSUS interfering in their business. They especially don't want the HSUS lobbying for better federal and state laws. Since it was only founded in 1954, the history of the HSUS and its purpose is well documented. By the way - the money donated for the Katrina rescue was all spent in the region, some of it being spent after the fact of the actual rescue, spent helping the companion animals in that region.
My experience has been as a volunteer in multiple capacities. The opportunities have been numerous and various, and I have been continuously impressed at how HSUS spends its funds. Truly, they are offer support across the nation to animals of all kinds. In addition, they have staff and educational materials to help rescue groups and shelters. Their grassroots work are second to none.
It feels great to be a part of something like HSUS.
The Humane Society of the United States is the only national, full-spectrum animal protection organization that addresses the issues affecting all animals, from pets to wildlife to farm animals. It is tremendously effective in raising awareness of the conditions affecting animals and bringing forward workable solutions. HSUS serves as a leader in setting standards and offering grants to local shelters, proposing legislation to prevent cruelty, and working with corporations to end cruelty in their supply chains. I have volunteered in numerous capacities for HSUS for several years and continue to be impressed by its effectiveness and the sincerity of the people who work there. HSUS is exceptional in meeting the critical needs of animals.
My experience as a volunteer has been very worthwhile - the staff and my fellow volunteers are friendly, capable, and united by a common desire to help end the needless suffering of animals. The organization also seems to be very well run from a financial perspective and I am confident that my donations go directly to HSUS' advocacy programs, which are designed to improve animal welfare through legislation as well as encouraging people to make humane choices.
HSUS does great work! They work to protect ALL animals and address the root causes of suffering. They support local shelters through their national conferences, online resources, etc. And they provide hands-on care through their rescue work and sanctuaries. But they do so much more than that! Legislation, law enforcement training, corporate outreach, public education...the list goes on and on. HSUS is a mainstream organization fighting to help create a more humane society. Their name says it all!
The scope of work done by the HSUS is truly amazing. As a long-term supporter and now volunteer for this organization, I continue to be impressed by their accomplishments in advocacy, education, rescue and working tirelessly to prevent cruelty to all animals. Without the work of the HSUS, there would be far fewer animal protection laws passed, resulting in significantly more suffering for our animal friends. As a volunteer, the HSUS has provided me with great training and resources. As a result, I have learned a great deal about our legislative process and have the opportunity to interact with my local, state and federal legislators; allowing me to successfully advocate and be the "voice" for those who need our help.
I have had the pleasure of working with the HSUS to help animals in my town. Consequently, this experience led to my volunteering with them, as well as being a supporter. I am impressed by their level of professionalism, compassion, effectiveness and transparency. CEO Wayne Pacelle has effectively grown and led this organization to one that has millions of members. The numbers don't lie, and there is a reason to be supportive of HSUS - they make a difference for animals. That fact is proven by the actions of those entities who feel threatened enough to retaliate. HSUS will always have my respect and support as one of the most successful animal welfare organizations in the world and one of the most deserving charities. I never worry about where my contributions are going and I intend to include them in my final arrangements as my last gesture for animal welfare. They rock!
I have been giving to the HSUS for at least over a year and a half now. They were highly rated on CharityNavigator and were the only animal rights charity that maintained such a status consistently each year. Their campaign is far reaching, affecting animals of all kinds and also different parts of the world and also multiple important areas of animal rights needing dire attention such as factory farming, animal fights, emergency response, wildlife protection, shelter advocacy, animal testing, meatless monday outreach, and humane population control. They are a large organization and have a powerful outreach. I strongly believe in their goals, motives, and great success in coming times.
I took a lot of training to become a volunteer for HSUS, and I was amazed at the wide scope of its work. I donate money as well as time to support their many efforts to help animals. Through e-mails, I am kept informed of HSUS concerns and possible actions I can take locally to further the welfare of animals. I have met several people who work for HSUS and am always impressed with their range of knowledge about animal issues, and their passion for their work.
I attended their annual meeting last year and was so impressed with their work I became a state council member. Additionally, I donate substantially . They also have made a grant of $100,000 to Stray Rescue in St Louis that is having a very positive impact as an outreach program.
This is a 5 star organization!!!
I volunteer with and donate to The Humane Society of the United States because they effectively protect animals in all sorts of situations (including shelters, factory farms, etc.) all over the country (and the world, in partnership with their affiliate Humane Society International). They care about ALL animals, no matter where they are or what situation they're in. They use smart, strategic tactics to win big victories for animals in the legislative, corporate, and other arenas, and you won't find a more dedicated staff anywhere.
I donate based on actual results and accomplishments.
I see the specific actions the HSUS is doing to change the world for animals.
According to the dictionary the word humane means “having or showing compassion or benevolence. ‘regulations ensuring the humane treatment of animals.’” There isn’t anything in that definition that has to do with sheltering. Any one that is confused about HSUS mission and goals need only visit its website for factual information. By design most shelters focus on companion animals; dogs, cats, rabbits and the like, animals that HSUS works to keep out of shelters to begin with through free neutering and sterilization programs for low income pet owners, TNR (trap neuter and release) programs for feral cats, and working to shut down puppy mills, from which a surprisingly large number of shelter pets come from. Puppy mill operators basically dump dogs that don’t meet breed standards at shelters, or dump those that are worn out by continually giving birth to litter after litter. (Many cat breeders are guilty of the same thing). HSUS has done an exemplary job in exposing and ending animal cruelty, particularly with factory farmed animals and horses, which are not the kind of animals one finds in a shelter, or could reasonably shelter, and they work to end animal cruelty in areas such as horse soaring, killing baby seals for fur coats, laboratory animal experimentation, dog fighting, and the like. HSUS is a national organization that compliments, not competes against local shelters. I don’t think anyone at HSUS is claiming a substantial portion of their revenue is going into sheltering and I have yet to find any printed or electronic material from HSUS that makes such a claim. Kelly is however correct in that if you want to know the truth about HSUS download its financials. For the year 2013 they show that 80% of revenues (that’s eighty cents of every dollar received) go into animal protection programs. Only 3% goes into administration, which includes operating costs, salaries and pension funds. If your forte is animal shelters then I encourage you to support them, but people shouldn't try to diminish the work HSUS is doing over a misunderstanding of what its goals and mission are.
I'm a volunteer on the HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team. I signed up because of Katrina. I've been called to help with hoarding situations and male chicken fighting. I've known Eric Sakach for ten years. He is in charge of the male chicken (I can't type that word because the obscenity filter thinks it's obscene) fighting raids. He and his organization have always done a great job. While I don't always agree 100% with what HSUS does, they still help a lot of animals.
The HSUS is simply the largest, most effective organization in the US working for real and meaningful positive change in our treatment of all other animals.
The fact that Richard Berman's front groups, Humanewatch, No Kill Nation and petakills animals sends its' members over here to try to damage the HSUS ratings is all the proof I need that the HSUS is the most effective animal welfare organization in the world.
I became familiar with the HSUS when I was 13. I was so upset about the Canadian Seal Hunt, and I wanted to do something about it, and here was a group that was doing something! The greatest thing about HSUS is even if you are a teenager or college student with no income, the HSUS still provides ways to help rather than just donating! You are actually doing work and making a difference. I have met many state directors and Wayne Pacelle and they are incredibly passionate and dedicated to their work and they are making a real change for animals in the United States.
The Humane Society of the United States is a fantastic non-profit organization that has made amazing strides in the field of animal welfare. The HSUS constantly works to ensure that the lives of all animals are made better through legislation, rescue efforts, and education.
most of the negative comments here pertain to the fact that HSUS does not fund or run shelters. That is not the objective of this organization. They are instrumental in stopping cruelty, either in hoarding, or dog & cockfighting. I am part of their field response team, have seen it first hand, and are proud to be a member.
Charity Navagator really needs to do their homework on this charity....THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES has been found guilty of corruption concerning Fields Entertainment...they are to pay millions in fines....this organization is very corrupt and giving them 4 stars only hurts charity navagators
credibility....the ASPCA was also involved and already paid their 9 million. Plus HSUS socks away more money in their retirement plans than they do to help animals....DO NOT GIVE THIS ORGINIZATION ONE DIME! please give money to help animals to local rescues...they are the hands on hard working people who deserve the help....GOD BLESS! It will not let me post this unless i select a rating...I want to give them 0 stars, but if will not do that so just to get this posted I have to give them one star....but they deserve none!
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Dear Charity Navigator,
I am totally upset that Humane Society of the United States get a three star Rating...I just got an email from you telling me that you revised your system...well you really need to revise it again...this rating only hurts yourself as a reliable source as a charity navigator...I will never take your work again.
As for the Humane Society of The United States, they are a fraudulant group that begs people for money, whom most people are duped into believing that it is gonna be used to feed and shelter the poor animals that are in their commercials. It does not once mention that most of the money will be used to pay off lobbiests, pay for large salaries, the the money given by these people will be taken food out of their mouths and causing their food bills to sky rocket because of their attacks on the agriculture in america...they are out to destroy america. How dare you give them a 3 star rating and mis-lead the public into giving them more money...to further push their vegan, anti agriculture, anti american agenda...SHAME ON YOU!!!!
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