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!
Checked out their mission statement! I want to help animals on alarger scale than just local. Which I do also. Thanks HSUS!
I donate to the HSUS and I love them!
Most of the anti-cruelty laws we have are thanks to HSUS and ASPCA and other national groups. That's how you stop animal cruelty! Support your local shelters to help victims of cruelty, and support your national charities to put an end to cruelty.
I have been a long-time supporter of animal welfare groups - the HSUS included. However, it's been brought to my attention that they do not share their millions of dollars of annual donations with the local shelters that are actually caring for animals. I realize they are helpful with legislative changes, but believe that they either need to: 1) change their propaganda to reflect where their donations REALLY go, or 2) share their donations to actually help care for & shelter homeless animals.
I believe they hide behind a guise that helps them bring in more money by giving the impression that animals actually benefit from their donations. Their mass mail campaigns show animals in shelters needing help, but in their false advertising tactics, what they don't tell you is that LESS THAN 1% of their income goes to animals directly - or to the shelters that are actually caring for homeless pets.
It is my wish that they are forced to be honest in their advertising by letting their donors know we are funding lobbyists, travel & entertainment, and huge staff salaries - NOT helping animals get out of shelters alive!
The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective organization in the US working on animal protection efforts. I am a long time, regular donor and supporter, and I see how my donations are put to work, be it disaster response, cruelty investigations, outreach and education, or promoting legal protections for animals and strict punishments for animal abusers.
All of their financial info is available on their website for donors to review, and they regularly send out updates on their campaigns so donors know exactly what issues they're supporting and how their money is being used. Every interaction I've had with an HSUS staffer has been courteous and helpful, not to mention many of them donate their free time to helping local animal rescues as well.
I gave a lot of money to them during the Katrina Hurricane aftermath. I'm reitred so it was a big gift for me. I saw their pitch add on TV. It showed sad looking cats and dogs and how they needed funds to help save and join the animales with the owners. I fell for it. Of the $500 I donated I foound less than $20 went toward the animal relief - by HSUS records. They only after the State threatened to review the very little originally given. This is from an og that collects over $100,000,000 per year and spends less than one percent on actual animal welfare.
There is an organized attack on the hsus precisely BECAUSE they are effective and threaten those who put profit before the best interests of animals. Like one of the recent posters, I eat meat. I also have purebred dogs, wear leather shoes and yet I dont' feel at all that hsus is trying to take away my rights to do any of those things. why doesn't hsus fund local shelters? It's not their job any more than it's a local shelter's job to send someone to Canada to take pictures of sealers clubbing baby seals. I've worked at a shelter and I've come to know people at hsus (unlike probably any of the people posting negative reviews). hsus should keep strong in the face of this c$#@ and continue their work for animals.
The Humane Society does not just focus on companion animals... It works to protect ALL animals, including farm animals and wild animals. This has made it enemies, who spread conspiracy rumors to try and prevent people from donating to this charity. The Center for Consumer Freedom is a front organization for many animal-abusing industries and loves to attack the HSUS to protect the greed of its constituents. The HSUS does not want to prevent people from owning pets, in fact it spends money actively promoting pet adoption (see, for example, their Shelter Pet Project). The HSUS works to pass legislation (like Prop B in Missouri) to help millions of companion animals... and it works tirelessly to end dog fighting and to put a stop to puppy mills. While also fighting abuse on factory farms. I commend the HSUS for focusing on all animals and confronting animal cruelty in all it's forms. I volunteer at a local animal shelter and also donate monthly to HSUS. The HSUS passes animal protection legislation and carries out large scale rescues that my shelter doesn't have the resources for... I'm glad that there is an organization out there that gets such large-scale results. I see their work as complementing the work of local shelters.
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The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization in the country - which is PRECISELY why there are disparaging reviews here. Big Agriculture, Puppy mills and dog breeders, ranchers, circuses, animal experimentation labs and all other industries that profit from animals in a way that causes suffering are united in their hatred for this organization that is putting forward efforts to - for example, ensure some animals aren't confined to cages their entire lives where they can't turn around.
It is discouraging that we have so many people in this country that are masquerading as caring for animals while they are really only seeking to line their profits from businesses that exploit and cause suffering to animals. And I hope anyone objectively reading these reviews understands this is the motivation of all the negative reviews here. For more background on this transparent smear campaign, please see www.humanewatch.info
Regardless of the good things that the HSUS does (and I am sure there are many), their fundraising tactics are awful, in my opinion. I sent in one donation, and instead of a thank you, they sent a "membership card" and a request for another donation. I receive a request for money in the mail every other week, it seems, accompanied by a junky "gift"that I did not request. I would much rather that my money go towards actually helping animals, so I sent them a letter indicating that I would give ONCE a year, and NOT to send me any more junk. I not only received no reply to this letter (which I wasn't expecting anyway, but would have been nice), but what comes in the mail? More junk, and another request for money.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is by far the most active and effective animal protection organization out there. Not only do they work to improve the welfare of companion animals (i.e. dogs and cats) but they also fight to end seal and whale slaughter, exploitation of wild animals, and they are the leading organization that fights to improve the treatment of farm animals. They are regularly under attack by faux consumer groups -- as in the Center for Consumer Freedom and Humanewatch -- but they are not deterred. For more on who's behind these attacks, one needs only to look at the money behind CCF and Humanewatch -- money from factory farming corporations, commercial dog breeders (see puppy mills), furriers, and others who profit from the exploitation or abuse of animals. I support the HSUS with my values and my money. I know exactly what work they do, as I get frequent emails and newsletters and read their publication. HSUS is the organization to support if you are concerned about the welfare of all animals!