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Humane Society of the United States

We Fight the Big Fight for ALL Animals

With millions of supporters we fight to end suffering for ALL animals; taking on puppy mills, factory farms, animal testing and other cruel industries; rescuing and caring for animals through our animal rescue team’s work with hands-on animal care services.

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Why should I support your work?


The Humane Society of the United States takes on the big fights to end suffering for all animals to achieve the vision behind our name: A humane society.

Together with millions of supporters, we take on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries.

We rescue and care for thousands of animals through our animal rescue team’swork and other hands-on animal care services. And we can’t do it without you.

Why does your charity exist?

Since 1954, you’ve helped us take on the biggest fights for animals across the country and around the world. The major issues impacting animals have changed over the years, but our mission remains the same: To create a more humane society. We work to:

End the cruelest practices

•Provide direct care, rescue and services for animals in crisis.

•End the sale of puppies from puppy mills in pet stores.

•End animal cosmetic testing and trade across U.S. and global beauty markets

•End the sale of fur in the U.S.

•Reduce trophy hunting

•End dog meat farming in South Korea

Care for animals in crisis

•Respond to large-scale cruelty and natural disasters in the U.S. and globally

•Establish humane and sustainable street dog and cat management programs in Bolivia and India

•Expand immune contraception of elephants in South Africa to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts

•Build a stronger animal protection movement

•Empower our allies to change the world for animals locally, nationally, and globally

•Build capacity for agencies to use humane and effective methods for resolving human wildlife conflicts

What specifically do you do?

We don't just help cats and dogs—we take on the biggest threats to all creatures, great and small.

Our Passionate and dedicated team of animal rescuers works with law enforcement to investigate the worst cases of animal abuse nationwide.

Every year, we rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, natural disasters and other large-scale situations of cruelty and neglect.

We work to end animal cosmetic testing, dog meat farming in South Korea and reduce trophy hunting.

How will this make a difference?

Your support for the Humane Society of the United States helps us achieve victories that make the world a kinder place for animals. This is how we do it.

•Changing laws and corporate policies

•Rescuing and caring for animals in need

•Building education and awareness

•Creating a more “humane society”

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

While many local animal welfare organization work with pets and adoption, our dedicated members support us because they know we take on the toughest fights wherever we find them.

Companion animals - Ending puppy mills; Supporting shelters

Wildlife - Ending trophy hunting; Promoting smarter and more humane wildlife management

Farm animal protection - Phasing out cruel factory farming practices, Encouraging a moreplant-based diet

Animals used in research - Developing alternatives to animal testing; Encouraging the use of cruelty-free products

Animal rescue and care - Helping animals during natural disasters, Ending dogfighting

What have you accomplished?

Your support enabled us to take on the biggest fights and achieve victories that will change the lives of millions of animals. We exposed institutional cruelties and stepped in to stop animal suffering. We helped pass laws banning cruel practices and blocked laws that would have allowed them. With our affiliates, we rescued, helped, healed and sheltered animals in need. We supported, mentored and trained thousands of people and organizations to better protect the animals in their communities.


•100,000+ animals directly cared for through our rescue team, veterinary programs and affiliated care centers and sanctuaries in 2019

•52,000+ animals spayed or neutered and vaccinated in Puerto Rico through our Spay-A-Thon programs

•30+ Beagles released from a research lab following our undercover investigation into animal testing

•4,369 animals rescued from crisis situations by our Animal Rescue Team

•The Pets For Life program responded to the COVID 19 crisis and the ripple effect on animals in need due to increased poverty in under-served communities. Veterinary services, food and supplies were provided to those impacted most to maintain the human-animal bond during this difficult time.


We couldn’t have done any of it without you. Thank you for standing with us, for all animals

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

The Humane Society of the United States is approved by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance for all 20 of its standards for charity accountability, which address charity governance, finances, effectiveness reporting, appeal accuracy, website disclosures and donor privacy. Click this link to review our Annual Reports and Financial Statements