We fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals.

Together with millions of supporters, the Humane Society of the United States takes on puppy mills, factory farms, the fur trade, trophy hunting, animal cosmetics testing and other cruel industries. Through our rescue, response and sanctuary work, as well as other hands-on animal care services, we help thousands of animals every year. We fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind our name: a humane society.

Our Values

We work to:

  • End the cruelest practices toward all animals.
  • Care for animals in crisis.
  • Build a stronger animal protection movement.

Our rescue and direct care work responds to today’s cruelties; our education, legislative and policy work prevents tomorrow’s.

We have:

  • The world’s greatest roster of experts in animal welfare.
  • Rescuers and caregivers with years of experience.
  • State directors working on animal issues around the country and passionate advocates pushing for policy change.
  • Several affiliated animal sanctuaries providing direct care and medical help for animals in need.
  • A global affiliate, Humane Society International, which advances the welfare of animals in more than 50 countries.

Together, we’ve achieved a powerful legacy of change for animals and we’ll never stop fighting for them. Leaders in the humane movement ranked us the most effective animal organization in the country in a survey conducted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia.

Join us! Everyone can play a role in combatting the most severe forms of cruelty and abuse.

How we work
Ending the cruelest practices

We are focused on ending the worst forms of institutionalized animal suffering. Our progress is the result of our work with governments, the private sector and multinational bodies; public awareness and consumer education campaigns, public policy efforts and more.

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Caring for animals in crisis

We respond to large-scale cruelty cases and disasters around the world, providing rescue, hands-on care, logistics and expertise when animals are caught in crises. Our care centers heal and provide lifelong sanctuary to abused, abandoned, exploited, vulnerable and neglected animals.

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Building a stronger animal protection movement

Through partnerships, trainings, support, collaboration and more, we’re building a more humane world by empowering and expanding the capacity of animal welfare advocates and organizations in the United States and across the globe. Together, we’ll bring about faster change for animals.