June 7, 2013
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- What does The HSUS do?
- How is The HSUS affiliated with my local humane society?
- How is The HSUS affiliated with other animal organizations?
- Can I get more information about The HSUS and its organizations?
- Does The HSUS offer programs or literature for children?
- How can I get information about The HSUS's financial status and fund allocations?
- How can I receive The HSUS magazine, All Animals?
- Does The HSUS have a catalog or store?
- How can I receive an animal calendar?
- Can I get information about The HSUS’s financial statements from my state government?
What does The HSUS do?
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, we've been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs.
The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research, and farm animals. We protect all animals through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, science, advocacy, and field work. And we rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs.
The HSUS's mission is to celebrate animals and confront cruelty, and we're there for all animals, across America and around the world.
How is The HSUS affiliated with my local humane society?
Local humane societies and SPCAs are independent entities and are not run by The HSUS or any other national entity. The HSUS works with local humane societies and supports their work through training, evaluations, publications, and other professional services.
Additionally, The HSUS operates its own network of animal sanctuaries and rescue operations, providing emergency care and homes to more animals than any other organization in the United States.
The HSUS serves local animal shelters and provides direct animal care coast to coast. Find out how »
How is The HSUS affiliated with other animal organizations?
- The HSUS shares similar goals with many organizations. We are directly affiliated with the following organizations:
- Humane Society Legislative Fund
- Humane Society International
- Doris Day Animal League
- Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
- The Fund for Animals
- Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust
- South Florida Wildlife Center
Can I get more information about The HSUS and its organizations?
To receive a packet of information about The HSUS and membership, please contact us:
Read more about our work in our membership magazine, All Animals.
Does The HSUS offer programs or literature for children?
We publish Kind News, a magazine designed for children in grades K-6, and offer Mission: Humane, an award-winning service learning program. If you would like to sign up a classroom for Kind News or receive further information on Mission: Humane, please visit humanesociety.org/youth. For educational resources for middle and high school students, visit humanesociety.org/students.
How can I get information about The HSUS's financial status and fund allocations?
The latest annual reports are available online.To receive a copy of The HSUS's latest financial report, contact us at 1-866-720-2676 or email@example.com.
How can I receive The HSUS magazine, All Animals?
Members who donate a one-time gift of at least $25, as well as all participants in our monthly pledge program, receive a one-year subscription to All Animals. This bimonthly publication provides updates on animal-protection issues, recent HSUS successes, and special HSUS programs. If you'd like a sample issue, please contact our Membership and Donor Care department at 1-866-720-2676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does The HSUS have a catalog or store?
In place of a catalog, The HSUS has an online store within the Animal Rescue Site. Our online store allows you to shop for a variety of products for both you and your pet, with a portion of all proceeds used to support our animal protection programs.
How can I receive an animal calendar?
HSUS members receive the Pet Lover's Calendar as part of their membership. To request a free copy (while supplies last), and to learn about membership, please contact The HSUS's Membership and Donor Care department at 1-866-720-2676 or email@example.com.
Can I get information about The HSUS’s financial statements from my state government?
It depends on which state you live in. Some states require charities to file certain financial documents with them and some require certain disclosures, and we cheerfully honor all of these requirements. To find out if your state is one of them—and for information on how to request them from your state, or if your state makes them available to you—visit our page on obtaining financial information about The HSUS. We are proud to be one of the most transparent charities when it comes to sharing our financial information with our supporters, and we encourage you to check out our financial statements and annual reports.