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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.