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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!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

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

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

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

HSUS has so much potential to make a huge impact with their large budget, but what a shame that only a fraction of one percent goes to hands-on animal care. As an agriculture advocate and educator, I find HSUS to be a dangerously powerful and misleading organization. It's only a matter of time before the public becomes educated about the misconception of HSUS and begins donating to local shelters instead.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Their ads make you think they are helping shelters. Our local shelters get nothing from them, and I'll bet yours doesn't, either. If they want your money for lobbying and animal rights activities, they should say so in their ads. They are deceptive and dishonest.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

The HSUS is a poor excuse for a "non-profit" organization. When an organization brings in millions of dollars a year from fundraising and pays there CEO over $100,000 a year, yet donates very little to local shelters, I do not consider them a non-profit. At this point they are just like most other businesses who are out to make money. Many HSUS supporters and/or employees fail to gather any facts before advocating for policies and laws to be passed. If the HSUS can afford to post billboards, pay a social media manager, and hire big time celebrities to advocate for causes that make no sense, then the HSUS should be able to support local shelters and truly help animals in need, rather than fill their own pockets!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I don't see how this organization can be for helping animals when less than 1/2 of 1% of their income goes to help animals, but spend millions on lobbying and playing politics. And when they do donate to shelters it's the high profile shelters that are in the media spotlight. It's all here in black and white, see for yourself. Donate to your local shelters and rescues.

Review from Guidestar

Rob A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked side by side with members of the Humane Society of the United States to help get Proposition 2 passed in Califonia, which would simply give pigs, an animal more intelligent as a dog, enough room to simply turn around before paying the ultimate price. The HSUS does so much for millions of animals, whether it's dogs in shelters getting help, puppy mills being forced to comply with basic standards, to trying to help end the barbaric seal hunt in Canada where baby seals are clubbed, often in front of their crying mothers. The HSUS is a very noble charity and does so much for animals, all animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

1) The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a “humane society” in name only. It isn’t affiliated with any hands-on “humane society” organizations, and it doesn’t operate a single pet shelter or pet adoption facility anywhere. During 2008, HSUS contributed barely $450,000— less than one-half of one percent of its budget—in grants to dog and cat shelters. By comparison, that same year it gave $2.25 million to a political campaign committee behind an anti-meat ballot initiative in California, and put $2.5 million into HSUS’s executive pension plan. HSUS is the wealthiest animal-rights lobbying organization on earth. It agitates for the same goals as PETA and other radical groups, but uses fewer naked interns.

2) Beginning on the day of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s 2007 dogfighting 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 urged government officials to “put down” (that is, kill) the dogs rather than adopt them out to suitable homes. HSUS later quietly altered its Internet fundraising pitch. Vick now gives HSUS “sponsored” speeches. And most of his dogs have been rehabilitated—without any help from HSUS.

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.

4) A 2008 Los Angeles Times investigation found that HSUS receives less than 12 percent of the money raised on its behalf by California telemarketers. Professional fundraisers keep the rest. If you exclude two campaigns run for HSUS by the “Builda-Bear Workshop” retail chain—which consisted of the sale of surplus stuffed animals (not really “fundraising”)—HSUS’s yield shrinks to just three percent. This is typical. In 2004, HSUS ran a telemarketing campaign in Connecticut with fundraisers who promised a return of “zero percent” of the proceeds. The campaign raised over $1.4 million. Not only did none of that money go to HSUS, but the group paid $175,000 for the telemarketing work. Similar filings exist in Massachusetts, New York, and other states. In 2008 HSUS collected more than $86 million in contributions, but spent more than $24 million on fundraising.

5) 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.” A documentary director also caught an HSUS film crew abusing a dying seal while they shot a 2007 fundraising video on the ice floes of Atlantic Canada.

6) HSUS raised $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. In 2009, Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV reported that public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations added up to less than $7 million.

7) 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 may have perjured himself before Congress, testifying that the San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney’s office asked the group “to hold on to the information while they completed their investigation.” The District Attorney’s office quickly denied that account, declaring that HSUS refused to make its undercover spy available to investigators if the USDA were present. Ultimately, HSUS chose to release its video footage at a 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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

HSUS attacks all farmers with reports such as The Darker Side of Dairy on Nightline earlier this year. They only show one side of farming, the minority who don't follow best practices while the majority of dairy farmers put the health and well-being of their animals above their own family. The dairy industry is struggling and HSUS is rejoicing because they aren't out to protect animals, but to put an end to farming as a whole.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is one of the most impactful and important organizations in the world. They spread a message of compassion and they work endlessly for those who do not hav a voice. They bring to light so many issues that people do not know even exists in regards to animal welfare. I admire HSUS immensely because they are fighting to change laws so that the lives of animals all over the US are changed forever.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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.

3

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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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.