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The Humane Society of The United States

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Last modified: May 2, 2014, 12:10 AM


Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty

We work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. We are a leading disaster relief agency for animals, and we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries and rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.

We celebrate pets, as well as wildlife and habitat protection. We are the nation's most important advocate for local humane societies, providing shelter standards and evaluations, training programs, a national advertising campaign to promote pet adoption, direct support, and national conferences. We operate a Humane Wildlife Services program in the D.C. metro area to provide homeowners and businesses with humane and effective solutions to conflicts with our wild neighbors. We promote scientific innovation by driving the development of humane alternatives to replace harmful animal experiments. The HSUS publishes All Animals, a membership magazine, and Animal Sheltering, a bi-monthly magazine for animal sheltering professionals.

We confront national and global cruelties through major campaigns targeting the barbaric practices of dogfighting and cockfighting; abusive puppy mills where dogs are treated not like family but like production machines; the worst cruelties of factory farming in modern agribusiness such as confinement of animals in crates and cages; inhumane and unsporting hunting practices such as "canned hunts" of captive exotic animals; the suffering of animals in experimentation, including chimpanzees and pets; the slaughter of American horses for export to foreign countries where horsemeat is considered a delicacy; and the clubbing of baby seals and other animals for the commercial fur trade. Our track record of effectiveness has led to meaningful victories for animals in Congress, state legislatures, courtrooms and corporate boardrooms.

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  • Special Projects Volunteer - Volunteer Opportunity

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    October 21, 2014
    Gaithersburg, MD, US
    Strengthen your office and communication skills while helping to support the mission of The HSUS! Some of our departments could use on-site help with various t...
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    October 21, 2014
    Gaithersburg, MD, US
    Support our campaigns from home Phone banking is an easy, flexible and important way to help animals. Volunteers (click to view expanded position description):...
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    October 14, 2014
    Gaithersburg, MD, US
    Provide support for volunteer and internship programs! The Volunteer Outreach department is responsible for implementing best practices in volunteer management...

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700 Professional Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, 20879, US
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