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 am living in Belgium but I have been a donor to HSUS for a few years now. They are great and they do a great job. They should get as much support as possible along with other non-profits like 'Big cats rescue' and so many others
Im an EX-Donor after I read about this recently:
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Exposed: Stripped of Charity Rating After $15 Million Payout http://www.hfa.org/pdf/Corruption-RICO_Lawsuit-HSUS.pdf
Hi cpmondello, I work at The Humane Society of the US, and would encourage you to read more about the source here: http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2014/08/hfa-rick-berman.html. I've also send you a private message with more information, and hope to hear from you so we can address any other concerns you have.
The Humane Society of the United States is an incredible animal protection organization. They exist to solve major problems & to protect as many animals as possible. Some groups like Humanewatch (a DC front group) say they want the HSUS to fund local Humane Societies, but this is only part of the story. Humanewatch & many of the people against the HSUS profit from the exploitation of animals. It would help them if the HSUS was less powerful & effective.
The HSUS was created to protect ALL ANIMALS. They fight against route causes of animal suffering, by changing laws & educating the public. The HSUS fights against factory farms, puppy mills, dog fighting, seal clubbing, shark finning, the fur industry, exotic animal ownership/exploitation, horse slaughter, and all forms of exploitation. The HSUS is truly an amazing organization.
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 support HSUS because of its fiscal responsibility and its common sense approach to animal welfare issues.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION WITH LOCAL IMPACT: One thing that confuses people about HSUS is that is not a group that runs local shelters. It's biggest challenge is brand confusion. HSUS focuses on national issues that are too big for local shelters to take on or that cross state lines and are actually outside the jurisdiction of local or state systems (e.g. dog fighting rings, puppy mills, farm animals, wildlife protection, to name just a few). This does not mean they don't support community or shelter programs. Their research helps shelters make decisions about care, their Pets for Life program offers low cost vet services to underserved communities and their wildlife services help local government and organizations deal with significant wildlife challenges (i.e. deer population). We need an organization that has the big picture so local organizations have a resource to tap when they need it.
BALANCED APPROACH: What is more, HSUS takes a balanced approach to animal welfare issues unlike some other animal welfare groups. For example, they don't oppose hunting for food, they oppose canned hunting. They don't oppose farming, they oppose factory farming. To me, if you love animals all of their advocacy is just common sense.
EFFICIENCY: HSUS has in impressive number of programs. But the way the organization is structured there is accountability and efficiency within each program so there is no bloat, no cracks for money to fall through. It's impressive.
I am both a donor and volunteer with this organization because I feel it is worth my time and money. Every single person I've met at HSUS could be doing something else but has chosen to dedicate their lives to helping animals.
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.