Humane Society of the United States

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an American nonprofit organization that focuses on animal welfare and opposes animal-related cruelties of national scope. It uses strategies that are beyond the abilities of local organizations.[3] It works on issues including pets, wildlife, farm animals, horses and other equines, and animals used in research, testing and education.[4] As of 2001, the group's major campaigns targeted factory farming, animal blood sports, the fur trade, puppy mills, and wildlife abuse.[5]

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Humane Society of the United States
FoundedNovember 22, 1954; 68 years ago (1954-11-22) (as National Humane Society)
FoundersFred Myers
Helen Jones
Larry Andrews
Marcia Glaser
Oliver M. Evans
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit organization[2]
FocusAnimal protection, animal rights, cruelty to animals, humane education, animal ethics, animal law, wildlife conservation
Coordinates38°54′22″N 77°03′04″W
MethodPublic education, science-based analysis, training and education, litigation, public policy, direct care
Kitty Block
Susan Atherton
Thomas J. Sabatino Jr.
Revenue (2014)
Expenses (2014)$128,921,223[1]
Employees (2014)
Volunteers (2014)

The HSUS is based in Washington, D.C., and was founded in 1954 by journalist Fred Myers and Helen Jones, Larry Andrews, Marcia Glaser and Oliver M Evans. In 2013, the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked HSUS as the 136th largest charity in the US in its Philanthropy 400 listing.[6][7] Its reported revenue was US$129 million and net assets US$215 million as of 2014.[1]

HSUS pursues its global work through an affiliate, Humane Society International, which listed staff 17 nations for 2013.[8] Other affiliated entities include the Doris Day Animal League, and the Fund for Animals. Together with the Fund for Animals, HSUS operates animal sanctuaries in five US states.[9]

HSUS does not run local shelters or oversee local animal care and control agencies, even if “humane society” is part of their name.[10]