The Humane Society of the United States and our affiliates provide direct care to more than 100,000 animals each year—more than any other animal welfare organization—through our sanctuaries, veterinary programs and emergency shelters and rescues. We work to professionalize the field of animal care with our education and training programs.

While we come to the aid of animals in crisis, we also attack the root causes of problems. Our most important goal is to prevent animals from getting into situations of distress in the first place. We drive transformational change for animals—bringing a wide set of tools to take on the biggest fights, confronting multibillion dollar industries and staying the course until we achieve reform.

We work to:

  • Provide direct care, rescue and services for animals in crisis
  • Pass local, state and federal laws to protect animals.
  • Make sure existing laws are properly enforced.
  • Help the biggest corporations reform their animal welfare policies.
  • Shape public opinion on animal cruelty through our awareness campaigns and investigations.

We have:

  • The world’s greatest roster of scientists and other experts in animal welfare
  • State directors across the country working at the local level.
  • Five affiliated animal sanctuaries and medical centers
  • Programs that provide veterinary care and other animal services to inner cities, and a veterinary affiliate that provides these services to Native American reservations
  • Wildlife sanctuaries in more than 35 states
  • A global affiliate, Humane Society International, which runs programs in more than 20 countries

We take a mainstream approach and combat the most severe forms of cruelty and abuse. Leaders in the humane movement ranked us the most effective animal organization in the country in a survey conducted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia.