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April 18, 2013

Testimonials from Friends in the Field

The HSUS works with shelters and communities to help animals around the country and around the world

  • An HSUS rescuer carries a bird away from a suspected cockfighter's property. Alex Gallardo

For more than half a century, The Humane Society of the United States has been the nation's most important advocate for local humane societies. From extensive training to disaster and financial assistance, our organization works every day to help shelters help animals.

And when the need to shelter animals who are victims of disasters or large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, horse slaughter trade, or factory farming falls outside the scope of local humane societies, we fulfill a special role here, too.

Together with our partner, The Fund for Animals, we provide sanctuary and direct care to thousands of creatures, big and small—making the duo among the largest and most diverse sanctuary operators in the United States.

Here's what some of the animal rescue groups, shelters, and other organizations had to say about their experiences working with The HSUS recently.


WTOV9, Steubenville, Ohio, April 4, 2013

"The Humane Society came on board with us and our local animal shelter and we went and we rescued. Today, you saw the animals, where they're coming from, where they were and where they're coming to and it's unbelievable. There's no way that we could have done this locally without the help of the Humane Society," said Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas.

Vermont Humane Federation press release, March 31, 2013

On March 12, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Vermont Humane Federation (VHF) recognized outgoing President Joanne Bourbeau for her outstanding service to Vermont animals and her five terms as the organization's President ... Current VHF President Mary Taylor remarked, "Joanne’s depth of knowledge of animal welfare issues, compassion for animals and commitment to our humane community is unrivaled, and it’s thanks to her vision and leadership that VHF is well positioned to meet current and future challenges." ... Joanne continues to serve as a member of the VHF board and, in her role as Northeast Regional Director of the Humane Society of the United States, brings a regional and national perspective to the organization’s efforts.


Whitney Rawlings, Mayor, McComb, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2012

The City of McComb appreciates the help of the Humane Society of the United States during Hurricane Isaac. Your help in removing all the animals from our shelter during the storm provided peace of mind to our Shelter Staff. We were concerned about a potential threat to the animals in our shelter from flooding due to Hurricane Isaac. Emptying the shelter eliminated that concern. Emptying the shelter also freed up space for other pets from Louisiana that might need a home in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. We appreciate your swift action and concern.

"Humane Society played lead role in Goshen cockfighting investigation," Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta, July 12, 2012

"They have been doing [animal rescue] all over the county—for decades. But this is their first involvement with Tulare County ...," he said. "These people truly are the definitive experts on [animal cruelty issues]. A lot of them have previous law enforcement backgrounds.

"The only people we would have considered working on something like this is the Human[e] Society [of the United States]," Grenseman said.

Michael York, deputy sheriff, Lee County, Texas, April 22, 2012

Thank you so much for all that you and your agency has done. 

I was very impressed with the professionalism and efficiency that was exhibited on Friday.

I learned a great deal and feel confident in being able to start any future in investigations.

I am grateful the dogs were removed and will receive much needed medical care and future homes. 

Jo Staats, founder of W.Va. Pit Bull Haven and Pit Bull Preservation Society of W.Va., Feb. 29, 2012

First, from the rescue perspective, let me say that when a dog-fighting bust takes place, HSUS provides unlimited and invaluable resources to ensure that all the dogs (whether its 10 or 1000) will receive every chance each dog deserves for eval, vetting, etc.

The Animal Fighting Investigations division [Editor's note: the Animal Rescue Team handles animal fighting investigations] is filled with people that sacrifice their personal lives to travel all over this country to ensure animals that are used for the most perverse human activities are no longer left in the hell they've endured. But even more importantly, they provide local law enforcement with information, direction and continued assistance so the local agencies are better equipped to not only investigate and prosecute future incidences, but to act pro-actively in discouraging that type of criminal behavior in their communities in the first place.

Kathleen Olson, executive director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society, on The HSUS's Shelter Pet Project (February 2012)

There is a shelter pet project billboard two blocks from our facility and it has prompted several people to stop in and check us out. It is a cheerful, upbeat and positive "get a buddy" message. Thank you Maddie's Fund, HSUS and Ad Council and also whoever assisted with placement, as this is the third billboard that has been within one mile of the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, WA.

Cheryl Hillenburg, Prosecuting Attorney for Crawford County Prosecutor's Office, Indiana, commenting on The HSUS's assistance with an animal cruelty case (February 2012)

Thank you to HSUS for what you do on a daily basis for animals and most particularly for what you did in our county in 2009.


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