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!
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.
I am a long time supporter of the HSUS as they are doing a fantastic job to help all animals--from dogs and cats to chickens and seals. As an animal protection organization, the HSUS gives some of the most silenced animals a fighting chance by providing services to more than 100,000 animals each year through its rescue, sanctuaries, veterinary care, and other programs. Additionally, the HSUS is the number one advocacy organization preventing cruelty to millions of animals through education and policy campaigns while also providing excellent training and materials to animal care professionals. The HSUS takes on the most horrendous abusers--puppy mills, factory farmers and other major corporations and trades involved with cruelty to animals. The HSUS stands up for ALL animals and their efforts are so very much needed to enact long-lasting change through new humane policies and community outreach. The nonprofit is building a more humane world, and I am so happy to help them in any way that I can.
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This organization truly cares about their mission. They have hired the right people and do the best job for fighting for animal welfare.
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SUPER......all the way. Wayne P. knows what he is doing. He has saved MILLIONS of animals in my state alone. Have closely followed his work for years. Wayne is a GENIUS. ALL who are intelligent follow Wayne.....
I've been donating monthly and I have yet to find a reason to regret it. They focus on lobbying for better laws for animal protection and more enforcement of those laws, and they are quite powerful and successful, inciting the wrath of powerful opponents, opponents who are trying to protect their right to treat animals as they will in order to most profit from them (such as using battery cages for egg-laying hens and puppy mills and killing local wild animals). HSUS actually try really hard to work with people who practice animal cruelty in their business to help them turn a profit while ALSO treating animals humanely, yet they of course focus first and foremost on animals and ending their suffering as soon as possible. Helping animals in shelters is important for the now (and I think is important, so I also donate to and volunteer at a local one), while helping HSUS is important for the now AND the future. BTW, I love their magazine, All Animals, which is just one example of their professionalism and transparency.
The Humane Society is the preeminent animal welfare organization in the world.
It is the primary target of the most wealthy anti-animal welfare organizations and ag groups. That in itself should tell you how well they do what they do.
I am a proud member and advocate for HSUS. I am very thankful to have them fighting for the animals. They do so many good things for all animals, and I look forward to helping them in the future.
I am grateful for organizations such as the Humane Society. They are constantly addressing issues of interest to me. I am glad to say that this year I chose to donate to HSUS and I feel my money is well spent given they address a multitude of issues and very well at that. I highly recommend them and look forward to continuing my support for them next year and beyond.
I've donated to the HSUS every month for years. It's pitiful, really, because I am now learning how much my donations have been truly used to benefit animals directly. They won't answer me when I ask them not to spam me with their requests for money. They won't answer me when I try to volunteer at their local program. I tried calling their Gaithersburg, Md office twice and left a voicemail, but no one answered or called back. I am saddened to hear people say how great the organization is because I really wish that were true. I want to help animals not executives' pockets, so I will be sending my money directly to my local shelter from now on, and no "gift" in the mail is going to change my mind.
Hi Hmmm, I work at HSUS, and am sorry to hear about your experience, if you post to our Facebook page, or message us there, we will gladly look into this for you. Our National Volunteer Center offers lots of great volunteer opportunities as well. As for donations, 80% go to programs to help animals, and we are rated a 4-star charity (the highest possible) by Charity Navigator, approved by the Better Business Bureau for all 20 standards for charity accountability, voted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia experts as the #1 high-impact animal protection group, and named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities. I hope you'll get in touch on Facebook or twitter, or you can email me at email@example.com, and I can look into the issues you were having.
HSUS breaks its back to bring animal abuse to light. Keep on fighting HSUS!
HSUS continues to be an effective advocate for animals at the national, state and local level. I am a regular donor and keep tabs on their activities and accomplishments, and am more than satisfied by what my donations go toward. They are professional and understand what needs to be done to combat animal cruelty. A+ as usual!
People who hate on this organization need to do some research on a man named Richard Berman. He's an industry lobbyist who runs smear campaigns against animal protection groups. Research him and then write your review.
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I just found out that monies given to HSUS don't benefit ANY animal shelters or animal rescue services. I'd like to know where the money actually goes.
Until then, I will donate directly to my local animal shelter
Hi Odolaas69, I work at the HSUS, and when you donate to HSUS, your money does go to help animals. We are not affiliated with local animal shelters, as they operate independently. When you make a general donation to HSUS, it goes to help continue our work to help all animals, this ranges from stopping puppy mills, to ending egregious forms of wildlife abuse. In 2011, we spent over 77% on program expenses alone. You also have the option to donate to a specific area of concern, for example, donations to our Disaster relief fund, are only used for those purposes. An example of that work, is the work we did during and after Hurricane Sandy, we operated temporary emergency shelters, worked with local groups on reuniting owners and their pets, did search and rescue, etc. You can see a complete breakdown of our funds on our website here: http://www.humanesociety.org/about/overview/annual_reports_financial_statements.html
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I donate to HSUS AND I also donate to my local animal shelter. I realize these are two entirely different organizations. HSUS is using their money to create and enforce laws that protect animals. Until laws are in place to protect ALL animals- yes, even farm animals, and those laws are followed, I will continue to support them. To ding this charity because they do not operate a shelter is narrow-minded. You have to look at the broad picture to see the good they do.
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I have three cats that are very important to me. One was a stray and the other two were kittens of strays. The HSUS helps animals that are in need of a home or are abused/neglected or injured.
I live in Oklahoma and I can tell you that HSUS has been invaluable in our state. 30 yrs ago they worked with my local animal group andw/ the OKC Animal Shelter to improve shelter conditions, improve, adoptions (adopting out neutered spayed, vaccinated animals) and change euthanasia methods. Since then HSUS has been involved in helping smaller OK towns build shelters. They've been involved in numerous cruelty investigations that resulted in arrest and punishment of animal abusers. The have conducted workshops to help law enforcement, shelter workers, and us animal advocates on numerous topics, not the least of which is response in emergency situations (we live in tornado Alley). So for all you HSUS naysayers, I personally, and my state, and hundreds of animals have benefitted greatly from HSUS on many levels.
Someone please explain the charity navigator analysis of the FYE 2010/12 data. Fundraising expenses $53M. Program expenses $68.5M. Fundraising expenses 19.1%. Program expenses 77%. Using any reasonable math based on total revenue OR total expenses, program expenses are less than 77% and fundraising expenses are much higher than 19.1%. Charity navigator appears to be over-rating this charity. Fundraising expenses appear to be closer to 35% of total revenue and 42% of total expenses. What exactly are donors paying for?
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Humane Society of the United States is an organization that is actually helping animals. Anyone who is listening to what Humane Watch says against the Humane Society is being completely mislead. Humane Watch is only out to enslave animals to line the pockets of the people running the evil corporations profiting from cruel factory farming. Because the Humane Society is trying to prevent cruelty and protect farm animals, Humane Watch is trying to take them down. People, please do your research and you will see for yourselves. Bottom line: Humane Society = good. Humane Watch = evil.
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We NEED this organization for legislation purposes. They are big and powerful and can change the animal cruelty laws. So if you really love animals you will donate to your local shelters AND donate to this this very effective, hard-working organization. Donating only to animal shelters will not change any laws. We need to get laws changed to make animal cruelty a felony. The HSUS is big enough to do it.
HSUS provides leadership in public policy issues that help companion and food animals live stress free lives. They started a new university to train new shelter managers who will reduce the astronomical numbers of animals euthanized each year. I have met their leadership team and they truely are very passionate about the work they do. Many are vegans. They have a pet friendly work place. They are the real deal. The work they do helps millions of animals in many ways.
The HSUS is on the front lines of animal welfare, and because of this, they are slandered by groups that profit from animal exploitation. Unfortunately, there is a selection of the general public that believes the lies spread by HumaneWatch. I live in a state that is known as being "puppy mill friendly" and I have seen the Humane Society acting on behalf of these neglected and exploited animals. I know that they do good work, not just for companion animals, but for all animals whose environment and well-being are at the mercy of humans and business. They are an essential organization.