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June 12, 2014

Who We Are

9 Things to Know About The HSUS

1. The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, with more than 11 million supporters—one in every 28 Americans. 

2. The HSUS was founded in 1954 to support and complement the work of local humane societies, which were consumed with day to day operations in their communities and did not have the reach or the resources to tackle national problems facing animals. True to that mission, we provide vital help and expertise to these local humane societies, working to professionalize the field through resources and training. And we continue to confront the large-scale cruelties and national industries such as puppy mills, animal fighting, and factory farming.

3. In 2010 we saved more than 11,000 animals in 51 emergency rescues involving animal fighting operations, puppy mills, hoarding cases and other abusive situations. 

4. The HSUS operates its own network of animal sanctuaries—with its affiliate The Fund for Animals—making it one of the largest providers of animal care and sheltering in the United States. Thousands of animals receive medical treatment and care at our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, our wildlife centers in California, Florida and Massachusetts, and our Duchess Sanctuary in Oregon.

5. In 2010, at least 68,000 spay/neuter surgeries result from Spay Day events in 39 countries. More than 58,000 dogs, cats and equines in developing nations and underserved regions of the United States are sterlized or given lifesaving care. More than 4,000 pets receive free vaccinations and/or spay/neuter surgeries in Southern states. More than 500 veterinary professionals received training. Our animal fighting tip line received more than 800 phone calls, and we paid 24 rewards are paid for information leading to arrests.  

6. The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust  holds deeds and conservation easements providing sanctuaries on over 17,000 acres of land for the benefit of wildlife. We also participate in wildlife habitat enhancement efforts with partner agencies on nearly 2 million acres. In all, our Wildlife Land Trust and affiliates operate in 38 states and nine foreign countries.

7. The HSUS meets all 20 of the comprehensive and demanding Charity Accountability standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (BBBWGA) and named by Worth magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities in America. The HSUS maintains strong business partnerships with some of the nation's best known corporations as well as with smaller enterprises that are committed to a more humane world.

8. The HSUS celebrates pets and the human-animal bond every day, including in its own workplace. Many HSUS staff members bring their canine companions to work, and the organization has published a public how-to manual, "Dogs at Work," encouraging other companies to provide this opportunity as well.

9. The HSUS's ground-breaking urban wildlife programs foster an appreciation of nature in our cities and suburbs—helping homeowners resolve and prevent animal conflicts humanely while expanding our understanding of the wonders of wild creatures in our midst. The HSUS's authoritative book on the subject, "Wild Neighbors," is now in its second edition.

For more information, please read our 2010 Annual Report.

Updated June 12, 2014

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