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Kathy Milani / HSI 2010

How can I be certain that the Humane Society of the United States is deserving of my support?

The Humane Society of the United States earns a top four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which reports that “you can give with confidence,” and 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. The HSUS has Guidestar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency for providing donors with information on our strategic plan, impact, leadership demographics and other metrics. You can also view our financial statements and annual reports, which provide clear reviews of our ongoing work for animals.

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How much of my donation actually goes toward helping animals?

The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates spend 71 % of all gifts directly on lifesaving animal protection programs, while the remaining funds help maintain our infrastructure and operations. Like any nonprofit organization, the HSUS carries out marketing, fundraising and public awareness programs designed to reach the public, grow our membership and influence key decision-makers in the public and private sectors. We fight the big fights for all animals, taking on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries. Supporters and others can view the breakdown of our spending ratios and the work made possible by their donations in our annual reports and 990s.

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How do I become a member of the HSUS?

Any donation to the HSUS will make you a member. However, a one-time gift of at least $25 (or a monthly gift of at least $10) qualifies you for one-year subscription to our award-winning magazine, All Animals. Sign up using our secure form or call 866-720-2676 to join today. 

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How do I change my name or address with the HSUS?

To change your name or address, please send us your previous and current contact information. You may note this on your donation form, provide it via email or call us at 866-720-2676. Once your record is updated, it takes eight to 12 weeks for the changes to take effect, as we process our mail in advance.

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How do I cancel my monthly donation?

Your monthly donation may be canceled by contacting our Donor Care team at 866-720-2676 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Can I modify the number of mailings that I receive?

Yes! To change the number of mailings you receive, please contact us. We can decrease your correspondence. We will need your full name and address and the number of mailings you'd like to receive. Please note that it takes eight to 12 weeks for the mail to reflect the changes, as we process our mail in advance.

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Why do I receive HSUS mailings addressed from Washington, DC and Phoenix, Arizona?

As the largest animal protection organization in the country, the HSUS receives a large volume of mail. To best coordinate the timely receipt and processing of all correspondence, the HSUS utilizes two mail houses, one in Washington, DC and one in Phoenix, Ariz. When responding to an HSUS mailing, we encourage you to use the provided postage-paid envelopes. This will ensure that your donations and letters are processed in a timely manner.

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How do I request a receipt to document my donation?

The HSUS does not send receipts for individual donations under $75 unless specifically requested. Individuals who have made a one-time donation of $75 or more automatically receive a receipt. If you would like to receive a receipt for a single donation you made to the HSUS, please call our membership department at 866-720-2676 and we can mail or email you a receipt.

Members who donate online automatically receive a donation receipt sent to their registered email account for their first donation.

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I sent in my HSUS membership renewal, but I received another "renewal" notice. Why?

The HSUS develops its mailings two months in advance. Often, a donation and the renewal notice cross in the mail. Be assured that your donation qualifies you for annual membership.

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Does the HSUS exchange information with other organizations?

Yes. In addition to your contributions, donors assist the HSUS by allowing us to exchange their name with organizations whose missions support the work we do. Rest assured that no confidential information is exchanged. To remove your name from our exchange list, please contact us by email or call 866-720-2676 You can also send your request to:

The Humane Society of the United States
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20037
ATTN: Member Services

This information exchange applies only to postal addresses. The HSUS respects your privacy and will never sell, rent, trade or share your email address.

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What is my membership number?

Your membership number is listed on the reply card of each HSUS mailing. Either above or below your name and address, there should be a long series of letters and numbers. The second section of that series is your membership number. For example: If the series "2101 123456789 2 H43W29" is listed on your mailing, then your membership number is "123456789." You may also acquire your membership number by giving us a call at 866-720-2676 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

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