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The Humane Society of the United States

Rating: 3.24 stars   405 reviews

Nonprofit Issues (NTEE):

Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Hurricane Laura Relief, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Address:

1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 450 Washington DC 20037 USA

Mission:

 We fight the big fights to end suffering for animals.

We work to reduce suffering and to create meaning social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws. We also educate the public about animal issues, join with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies and conduct hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world.

We are a leading disaster relief agency for animals, and we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuary, and mobile veterinary clinics and other programs. Our track record of effectiveness has led to meaningful victories for animals at the federal level, and in state legislatures, courtrooms, and corporate boardrooms.

The Humane Society of the United States and its family of organizations embraces volunteers as essential partners in our lifesaving work. We engage volunteers in supporting staff at every level of the organization to amplify our efforts to create a more humane society. We welcome and respect our volunteers' unique identities, diverse backgrounds and experiences to build an inclusive animal welfare movement. We believe everyone can help fight for all animals!

Results:


  • We mobilized a robust emergency response to help vulnerable animals and struggling pet owners during the pandemic. We provided more than $2.7 million in grants to organizations that help animals and pet owners, and distributed more than 4 million pounds of pet food in areas hard-hit by COVID-19. We also organized daily feedings for thousands of street animals around the world left to fend for themselves during public lockdown periods
  • 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 saved hundreds of dogs from death in South Korea’s meat trade
  • 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 including 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

Target demographics:

https://www.humanesociety.org/all-our-fights Banning Trophy Hunting - Each year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals in the U.S. and around the world are killed by trophy hunters, the hunters’ primary motivation is not to get food, but simply to obtain animal parts Ending Cosmetics Animal Testing - Testing cosmetics on animals is both cruel and unnecessary because companies can already create innovative products using thousands of ingredients that have a history of safe use and do not require any additional testing Going Fur Free - Consumers’ concern for animal welfare is leading fashion brands, cities and countries to move away from animal fur Stopping Puppy Mills - A puppy mill is an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility that churns out puppies for profit, ignoring the needs of the pups and their mothers Improving the Lives of Farm Animals - Factory farming causes billions of animals to suffer every year

Direct beneficiaries per year:

https://www.humanesociety.org/our-impact

Geographic areas served:

The Humane Society of the United States and its family of organizations embraces volunteers as essential partners in our lifesaving work. We engage volunteers in supporting staff at every level of the organization to amplify our efforts to create a more humane society. We welcome and respect our volunteers' unique identities, diverse backgrounds and experiences to build an inclusive animal welfare movement. We believe everyone can help fight for all animals!

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

17 people found this review helpful

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!

 
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15 people found this review helpful

HSUS impressed me so much as I learned about what they do, that I have reached out to volunteer for them whenever possible. They are committed to making sure ALL animals are treated fairly. They help support other animal agencies, they provide places of care for animals and most uniquely, they work to change and create laws that protect animals. We can all rescue animals in need every day of our lives, but until there are laws to stop the people and industries from causing these problems, it will never end.
Before supporting HSUS financially, I made sure they used donor dollars in the most responsible way possible and am pleased with what I found. I support other charities, as well, but HSUS is my #1 organization!

 
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5 people found this review helpful

WARNING TO THOSE FOSTERING OR WANTING TO FOSTER ANIMALS THROUGH THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

My wife was attacked by a dog over the weekend in Jacksonville, FL. The dog was being fostered for the holidays by a very nice lady. We went to meet him Saturday to potentially adopt because we wanted to add to our family and have a buddy for our dog. When the foster opened their door the dog attacked my wife. He was on a leash. He gave no warning. He just squeezed past the foster and attacked. After we left to go to the hospital the foster immediately took the dog back to the Humane Society. She was apologetic, very concerned for my wife, and stated if she had known the dog was aggressive she never would have fostered him and never would have let us come over to meet him.

The Humane Society on the other hand has been anything but concerned. Their attention and concern has been more for the dog instead of people. When asked what their plans are for the dog they stated they are assessing him. When asked if they were going to cover our out of pocket medical bills they said it was the fosters responsibility and not theirs because the foster signed a waiver. The Humane Society wants us to go after an individual who was doing them a favor instead of stepping up to the plate to help.

Well in the state of Florida the law states the owner is 100% responsible when a dog bites someone. I ask the Humane Society who owned the dog. They advised me they do. When I informed them of the law they back pedaled slightly and said to send them the bill and they would see if they could work something out. When I asked if they had liability insurance they would not answer my question and again said the foster signed a waiver. When I asked them to send me their evaluation forms/documentation for the dog they refused. When I asked for their insurance companies contact info they refused.

So be warned. If you foster an animal you know nothing about from the Humane Society and in good faith bring that animal into your home believing they have done their due diligence; THINK AGAIN. Because if something goes wrong they WILL try to push their responsibility back on you.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Humane Society of the US came to our door. We donated a $40 check. The Humane Society then set that up as a recurring donation without mentioning it! The next month was another $40 debited. DO NOT DONATE AT ALL TO THIS ORGANIZATION. They call this a face to face campaign and once your account is entered you will be billed every month.
This is stealing. Will never donate again to this organization. The representative on the phone laughed when I said I gave her a check. She said there is no check number so it couldn't have been. Then she said the volunteers that came to the door could use my check and I should call my bank and pay for a stop payment on that check. More expense on my part.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Humane Society of the United States is THE MOST effective organization for animal advocacy. This organization works locally to protect animals and federally to ensure that there is national legislation to help to protect animals. I have been very fortunate to be able to volunteer with this group of amazing people!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States for almost two years. This is an amazing group of people! At times, volunteering for animal welfare can seem like a depressing and dauntless uphill battle. However, the people at HSUS are always cheerful and optimistic. In addition, they are extremely supportive. Wherever you are in your volunteer journey and whatever you can give the HSUS is appreciative! I love volunteering for the Humane Society of the United States.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Humane Society of the Unites States is THE MOST comprehensive animal protection organization that I know of. HSUS advocates for animal protection on so many levels. This organization has positively impacted the care of companion animals, farm animals and exotic animals. The grass roots approach helps to educate our citizens so that we can all become more compassionate towards all animals.

 
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Over a period of years I have seen the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) working in Oklahoma to the benefit of animals in several ways, including , but not limited to helping ban cockfighting and more recently, providing financial support for a transport hub to send many dogs and some cats from overcrowded shelters in Oklahoma to other states where they can be adopted into new homes. Additionally, the HSUS has provided training opportunities for state law enforcement officers to learn more about investigating animal cruelty cases and training opportunities for employees from shelters and rescues. The HSUS also provides valuable information for those in shelters and rescues through publication of their magazine, Animal Sheltering, which is also online.

 
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The HSUS continues to shine the spotlight on animal abuses that would be otherwise hidden from the public. In recent months, the organization has offered training seminars for shelters, rescues, advocates and law enforcement agencies though out my state (Oklahoma). The same programs have been and will continue to be offered in other states, too. These training programs are just one example of the work done by the organization.

 
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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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

engage in a long period of study and analysis before I made changes, if any.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make changes.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I became acquainted with the HSUS in 1974, when one of their field agents helped bring about needed changes in the local municipal animal shelter where I live. At that time, the HSUS was much smaller than it was today. In attending some of their educational seminars for volunteers and shelter workers in the 1970's, I became more acquainted with their work and was amazed at how much they got done with no larger employee base than they had at that time. I watched very carefully as the HSUS grew in size and function over the years. I have not been disappointed. During the time between 1974 and the present, I have stayed involved in local and state issues and projects relating to animals, and have benefitted from the opportunities to learn more about humane issues from the HSUS by attending seminars, conferences, and the HSUS EXPO events as well as simply calling them up on the phone and discussing my concerns. I believe that my relationship with various agents of the HSUS is the only thing that has kept me active in the humane movement. As I obviously watch the HSUS very closely, I could sit here for a very long time cataloging the things they do to help animals in a meaningful way. Best I just say for those who want to know more about the organization, just go to their website, read their press releases and click on the button that says "News." I am particularly interested in their rescue efforts - rescuing animals in natural disasters and assisting law enforcement agencies in investigating dog fights, puppy mills and hoarder cases. I also like reading about their involvement in these cases in the general media - that is on TV station and newspaper websites. You will find, as I have, that the news media backs up the HSUS website reports of their involvement in these cases.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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3 people found this review helpful

You betrayed wild horses, and burros. Terrible organization you are. Traitors. No more of my money will flow your way.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

The Humane Society WASTES donor contributions on useless 'gift' items which they send, unsolicited, begging for additional funds. Multiple times I have requested that they stop sending these unnecessary items to me, with no response/results. They are obviously a poorly-managed organization that does not serve in the best interests of the cause they supposedly support. I will not donate to this group.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

There was a guy outside of Nashville Tennessee who stood there in the freezing cold for hours to tell people about dog abuse, and to help with Dog abuse, these are the kind of people we need. Thank you everyone who supposes No More Dog Abuse.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Every single person I speak with is highly dedicated, compassionate and very helpful in assisting me in my role. I am always amazed at the genuine caring and support of each person. I never thought it possible that so many people could give their all to this cause. It's been the best experience of my ilfe!

 
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Every single person I've spoken with at the HSUS is passionate, dedicated and tireless in their efforts to protect animals. I've never met such a wonderful group of people from the CEO down. They are so inspiring.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

My dog needs surgery to remove a tumor from his palet extruding out the front of the mouth. Im on ssi disability an can't afford the bill which is almost $3000.00.

Please help me
Joseph Oswalt
Lake Providence LA

I have a gofundme page to try to get money for it but only one person donated
Please help before its too late

 
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