Secrets Revealed: The HSUS vs The Humane Society

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a radical animal rights group that inaccurately portrays itself as a mainstream animal care organization. The words “humane society” may appear on its letterhead, but HSUS is not affiliated with your local animal shelter.

Despite the omnipresent dogs and cats in its fundraising materials and television commercials, it’s not an organization that runs spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected, and abused pets.

And quite unlike the common image of animal protection agencies as cash-strapped organizations dedicated to animal welfare, HSUS has become the wealthiest animal rights organization on earth.

Is a Lobbying Group, NOT an Animal Shelter provider!

Many of their higher-up members have freakish goals such as a forced vegan society for everyone and a country where NO animals could be kept as pets. They use pictures and slogans that make it appear that they are supporting animals in need of care, but instead, they are a lobbying group that spends the vast majority of their money on advertising, salaries, etc.

What They Do

How does The HSUS help local animal shelters and rescue groups?

The HSUS, a national animal advocacy organization, complements the work of local groups by focusing on national-level issues like ending the puppy mill industry, strengthening cruelty laws and eliminating large-scale animal abuses.

Despite the words “humane society” in its name, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) isn’t affiliated with any community based humane societies or other pet shelters. HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter, nor does it serve as a national headquarters for humane societies that serve cities, towns, counties or states. A recent survey revealed that 71% of Americans did not know this.

They also run programs and spearhead campaigns designed to ease the burden on local sheltering groups. For example, Animal Care EXPO and Animal Sheltering magazine provide superior educational and training opportunities, while Pets for Life keeps pets with their families and reduces the number of homeless animals.

The Shelter Pet Project, a national media campaign that The HSUS runs in partnership with the Ad Council and Maddie’s Fund, encourages people to adopt from shelters and rescues. And The HSUS provides rescue groups with training opportunities and important resources through Rescue Central.

Finally, although The HSUS does not run or oversee local animal shelters or rescues, they do operate rescue teams, community-based programs and five wildlife sanctuaries and care centers that directly assist tens of thousands of animals each year.

To see more about HSUS:

  • Click here to see proof of how HSUS gives 1 percent of its budget to pet shelters
  • Click here to see evidence of how HSUS deceives Americans
  • Click here to discover how HSUS’s CEO said dogfighting kingpin Michael Vick would “do a good job as a pet owner”
  • Click here to see how HSUS funnels more money into its pension plan than it gives to pet shelters
  • Click here to learn about why the American Institute of Philanthropy gives HSUS a “D” rating
  • Click here to read why six Congressmen recently called for a federal investigation of HSUS
HSUS is big, rich, and powerful.

Bottom line is...they help animals and the problems associated with them and the humans (so called humans) that cause the problems. I applaud their team and the efforts made by HSUS, however, their advertising tactics need to be modified...Americans have been misled many times by the government along with big powerful companies...why fall into that group? You don't need to HSUS! We see the wonderful work HSUS is doing, just tell it like it is!

Humane Society (local)
Are Local Animal Shelters who feeds and houses unwanted/lost pets and tries to find homes for them, educates pet owners, often offers low-cost pet health care, and provides humane euthanasia when necessary.

Important Note: While The HSUS is not directly affiliated with local humane societies, animal shelters, or SPCAs (each is an independent entity, governed by their own board of directors or by local officials), they work diligently to provide information, training, and advice that helps local groups do their work as effectively and humanely as possible.

The Humane Society operates shelters which receives and houses animals and deals directly hands on with animals and their problems. The efforts of each local shelter provides immediate and critical services such as sheltering for the unwanted, abandoned, abused, and injured on a regional scale. 

The Humane Society's shelters are all "No Kill" and basically have the same rules and regulations as shelters and rescue groups in the USA.