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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

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

14 Sandy85

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!

Judith10

Donor

Rating: 3

I do support this charity as I feel only a large organization with a national presence can help with certain issues. However, I really really do not want all the stuff they send you in the mail and that I then end throwing out. No way/mechanism to tell them this. Think a LOT of money wasted this way.

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2

Donor

Rating: 3

Someone wrote about the Center for Consumer Freedom bashing HSUS. I just want to say that CCF is a lobbying group who works for restaurants and the food and fur industry...Their job is to denigrate animals welfare and rights groups because of the threat animal rights groups pose to businesses and industries that deal in animals for food, clothing, and entertainment. If you check out their websites, that should become apparent. I suspect the person who posted the HSUS bashing message was a member of CCF...They are very busy little elves trying to manipulate people to abandon animal welfare organizations. I assure you, they don't like vegetarians, and they would NEVER recommend an animal charity. The bigger the organization, the more they go after it, and HSUS and PETA are big.

5

Donor

Rating: 1

I would never donate to any organization listed as NON Profit when so much of the money is used for anything other than what most people believe is being used to bring greater conditions to the animals they claim it for. I only donated for a short time and will never donate to them again, I have been breeding, raising, training and LOVING horses for over 45+ years, good registered horses not the run of the mill backyard type produced by ubknowledgable animal lover's (?) that have flooded the market in the last few years A couple of years ago a certain horse was brought to my attention by a woman that owns a rescue in CA. to ask if she could have been bred to my Paint stallion, I knew the mare and she proceeded to tell me where the mare came from, I received photo's which were horrific, the mare was rated a 1 on a scale of 1 (being near death) to 10. the woman did not know if she could be saved or not, but with diligent care, a good vet and lots of prayers she survivred, this mare was an aged mare with teeth that prevented her from eating at all, they had to wait a couple months to be able to work on the teeth, during which time the mare was fed a diet of soupy alfalfa pellets and gained weight. The incident was reported to San Diego Animal Control, THEY WENT TO THE PLACE WHERE THE MARE CAME FROM AND CHECKED THE OTHER ANIMALS, THEY NEVER WENT TO CHECK THE MARE HERSELF NOR DID THEY GET IN TOUCH WITH RESCUE THAT HAD RECEIVED HER. I made a trip to the HSUS offices in San Diego, they would do nothing told me if it was investigated by Animal Control (which it was not) they would not do anything. I wonder if Wayne Pacelle would stay in his position if his salary,comps and perks were less than he makes at this time ?????

2 Ron R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm only weighing in because some of the reviewers here are straight-up nut jobs- most likely "hoarders" with a strange sense of animal kindness. First off, ALF no longer exists- hasn't for years. The HSUS are not terrorists or Nazis - they try to stop "hoarders", puppy mills, cruel farmers and those who abuse animals in general that's all. Believe me the world is a much better place due to their hard work and dedication.

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3 Karin M.

Donor

Rating: 3

HSUS is by no means a radical animal welfare group, as some have indicated in their reviews here. However, I cannot in good faith make a monthly donation to HSUS of say, $10.00 in order for it to go into a general fund, when I know $10.00 will pay for a heartworm test at my local pound. I believe that my money can go a lot farther if I use it to enable my local pound to perform a h/w test or rabies shot to an impounded dog or cat.

2 Maria24

Donor

Rating: 4

HSUS deserves commendation for its fight for humane legislation and commitment to improving the welfare of animals through policy.

1

Donor

Rating: 2

Although this non-prof appears to spend over $22 million per year on fund-raising expenses it shows no concern about staying in touch with faithful regular contributors. I am still waiting for a reply to my inquiry as to why they stopped charging my credit card without notice to me during 2011. They are wasting contributions on inefficient fund-raising.

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2

Donor

Rating: 1

I am not sure how this charity can get a 3 star rating when only about 12 cents of their recommended donation amount of $25 goes to actually helping animals. During the Michael Vick trial, while they were signing Vick as their new celebrity spokesperson, they were in court at the same time, moving to have the Vick dogs killed. As it turned out, all but one of the 49 dogs rescued was adoptable. The HSUS sits on a hoard of over $140 MILLION DOLLARS, which it refuses to use to actually help animals. They are nothing but a lobbying group paying lip service to animals and hoarding cash. Find out more disturbing facts about them at Humanewatch.org.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I was skeptical about the HSUS after hearing some farm groups bashing them, but I looked into what they really do and now I understand the criticism, and its BS. These groups bashing HSUS are mad because HSUS stops cruel practices like veal crates, and passes laws that shut down puppy mills. Those companies may not like HSUS, but I sure as hell do!!! Keep fighting animal cruelty!!!

3 Terry13

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS worked to rescue nearly 700 cats from a hoarder in Alachua, FL! The volunteers I spoke with were thrilled with the HSUS' work in evaluating, transporting, and finding placement for them. And so am I! I doubled my donation this year, and did it with a smile.

4

Donor

Rating: 1

HSUS can correct the false impression that they shelter animals by NOT jacking the name of long-standing organizations who actually DO rescue animals. It's obvious they're gravy-training the names and reputations of genuine humane societies - people and organizations who provide direct aid and assistance. If HSUS and its supports are so bothered, HSUS can return the money of disappointed donors and change their deceptive name; that would end the complaints. Oh, yeah: they can cut out the crazy aggressive phone calling while they're at it. Those guys who promise to lower my credit card rates are more considerate than HSUS telemarketers and mail spammers. HSUS sucks; they're not getting another dime from me.

5

Donor

Rating: 4

HSUS is a crucial part of fighting animal cruelty and abuse for ALL animals, not just shelter animals. While I agree that many people mistakenly believe HSUS runs their local shelter (they do not), or that local Humane Societies are "chapters" of the national organization (they are not), I STRONGLY disagree that the HSUS is either deceptive or unnecessary. HSUS' mission is to advocate against animal cruelty and abuse. They do not claim to run shelters. In fact, local Humane Societies (many of which were named after HSUS was formed) will tell donors on THEIR websites and in their marketing materials that they are not affiliated with the national organization. More to the point, HSUS is one of the few organizations large enough to fight animal abuse (such as puppy mills, animal experiments, factory farms, canned hunts, horse slaughter, and fur farming, to name a few) on a national level. Local organizations do not have the resources or the expertise to fight for all animals; they must usually focus their resources on just one or two. It is important to support local rescues and shelters. And it is also important to support HSUS. I have been a donor to HSUS for many years now, and I know EXACTLY where my money goes. My donation goes to help create a world where ALL animals can live a life free of cruelty and abuse. HSUS gives help and hope to ALL animals, and I hope you will give to HSUS. I know I will.

1

Donor

Rating: 2

I joined because I supported the initiatives that HSUS has sponsored for Animal Welfare in OH. But since then I have been inundated with mailing labels, calendars and other junk almost every week. I have enough mailing lables to last a lifetime! I don't want my dontated dollars spent in weekly mailings I want them to use the money to promote the welfare of farm animal production. I feel they are wasting my donation, spending it all soliciting further donations.

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sarahbarnett 09/17/2011

Hi Disney, I work at HSUS, and we're sorry to hear that! We totally understand that some people don't like mailings. We get positive feedback about a lot of the things we mail out, however there is also the option to reduce mailings. You can contact membership@humanesociety.org if you'd like to reduce the mailings that you receive. Thanks for the support in OH!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I find it humorous when I hear people oppose HSUS because they aren't giving enough of their money to local shelters and local humane societies. I want to say to those misinformed individuals: Do you think Walmart should give part of their profits to Walgreens? After all they both share "Wal" in the name and sell the same products? Since Walmart is the bigger company, by your formula, they ought to be passing some of their money to Walgreens? That is precisely what these misguided individuals are asking of HSUS. Despite the name correlation, make it known -- there is NO AFFILIATION whatsoever between HSUS and local humane societies, so don't be confused by the name similarity. My local humane society started DECADES before HSUS was even formed! Further, the overlap of their initiatives is small. Local humane societies help pets -- this is only one of many areas that HSUS tackles. HSUS needs every penny they receive to address and solve the widely complex and enormous welfare abuses ACROSS OUR COUNTRY that involve BILLIONS OF ANIMALS. I advise everyone to read HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle's book, The Bond, to get the clear picture of what I am referring to. His book is a thorough presentation of the animal welfare issues surrounding us all. You will also quickly get a sense of Pacelle's honesty, integrity and passion for ending animal abuse, which comes through vividly, and you will see why HSUS is an organization to be praised and cherished. I look forward to making my annual donation to them every year, and always wish I could give more.

Also, a quick and easy way to keep up on the issues HSUS is currently involved in is to subscribe to Wayne Pacelle's blog (go to their website for the link on the home page). Don't base you're opinions on the angry, misguided reviewers here -- see for yourself how wrong they are! I look forward to receiving Wayne's blog via email everyday. I'm always impressed by his professionalism and unrelenting dedication to what should be changed, and what must change. We are a better society because of HSUS. Lest we forget, animal cruelty is the precursor to people cruelty. It was no surprise to learn in a county in my state where puppy mills increased over the years, so did the domestic violence. We need to stop violence to people before it starts by ending animal abuses on all fronts. We need to protect our waterways from factory farm waste runoff (or you can say goodbye to ever taking a dip, or going fishing -- read the book Animal Factory). We need to safeguard our health against the recurring food recalls (thanks factory farms). These are large scale initiatives that only an organization like HSUS can tackle. Having first-hand experience volunteering for HSUS, and following initiatives they are involved in across the country, I can say with the utmost confidence, HSUS is fully worthy of being considered a GREAT NONPROFIT!

8

Donor

Rating: 5

I did a lot of research on HSUS and I am glad to help these people. Animal welfare, animal rights, arguing about semantics doesn't help any animals. Pushing anti puppy mill legislation, anti dog fighting campaigns, fighting cruel factory farming methods. That helps animals! And that's exactly what HSUS does! Thank you HSUS!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS is an Amazing Org. They do so much for the Animals, All animals!

1 Walter2

Donor

Rating: 5

The HSUS is a most valued organization that has brought the reality of cruelty to the forefront. Many will ctiricize their political agenda. While they do fund rescue efforts around the globe, one of their primary roles in the protection of animals is indeed to inact and when necessary change laws and statutes that give those who would commit vicious and inhumane acts upon God's creatures a legal loophole to operate. It is of paramount importance that this work be done. I commend the tireless efforts of Wayne Pacelle and his staff and I am happy to donate my money and time to give animals a place in the laws of this great nation.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of the United States is a wonderful organization. They fight for better law protections for the animals and offer assistance whenever they can.

As a long time donor and volunteer, I highly recommend this great organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The HSUS has always been the main voice for many animals. They assist with the displaced animals in Joplin, Missouri, in addition to Canadian whales, shark finning causes, etc. HSUS is not founded to assist the local pet shelters. They advocate for better laws, etc. Yes, we need local shelters AND big guns like HSUS to combat animal welfares issues.

Keep up the great work, HSUS! I am proud to be a member!

1 Jennifer23456

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe strongly in this organization because they are respectful, professional and incredibly compassionate to all animals and causes. They're very good about communicating progress and updates as well as providing financial reports to tell me where my money is going. Wayne Pacelle wrote a wonderful book The Bond and holds regular town hall meetings where we can ask questions and feel we are a part of the organization with a voice and not just a monthly check. I nominate the HSUS because I feel their dedication to animals around the world will outlast most organizations.

1 PJFitz

Donor

Rating: 5

HSUS has a tremendous number of victories for animals under their belt. Some people criticize HSUS and other large organizations for "not rescuing animals." First, HSUS does run a large sanctuary/rescue in Texas, along with Fund for Animals, called Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.

Second, there is more to animal welfare than rescue work. One of the main goals' of HSUS is to educate, as well as to create and strengthen pro-animal legislation. We need such legislation because of the extremely high number of animal abuse issues occurring on a regular basis.

In order for legislation to succeed, the organization needs a dedicated staff working on a full-time basis. They employ program managers, lawyers and other people knowledgeable about animal welfare laws and issues. These people work full-time, and as I understand it, put in very long hours; and they could probably earn much more in private sector.

I believe HSUS is a very effective organization.