There’s a reason dogs are called man’s best friend. Pups, and other pets, offer comfort, companionship, and love through the best and worst moments of our lives.
Yet, for too many animals, the people in their lives are their source of pain and suffering.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an organization that rescues animals from abusive situations. They recognize the many ways that animals need our help, from protection against animal testing to a safe place to shelter until they find a new home.
This month, we’re celebrating Adopt a Dog Month by spotlighting HSUS and the work they do across the country. Keep reading to learn more about this charity, what they do, and how you can help.
What is the Humane Society of the United States?
The Humane Society of the United States is an organization focused on the well-being of animals, including pets, those used in testing, and more. In its fight to protect animals, HSUS works to address today’s cruelties and helps prevent them in the future. They have three main goals:
- End the cruelest practices involving animals
- Take care of animals during a crisis
- Create a more powerful animal protection movement
Founded in 1954, the HSUS is the largest animal protection organization in the U.S. They’ve spent the past 67 years acting as a voice for those that don’t have one. They rescue thousands of animals every year through their rescue and response team and other hands-on animal care services.
What does the Humane Society of the United States do?
Removing animals from bad situations is one of the many ways HSUS achieves their goals. They shut down puppy mills, animal cosmetics testing, factory farms, and more. They also advocate for stronger laws through their legislative work.
Domestic animals aren’t the only ones they work to protect.. HSUS fights to protect animals from trophy hunting, the fur trade, and natural disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires. The organization fights to protect wild animals held in captivity, as well as stop practices that can harm wildlife or damage their habitats.
Ending pet homelessness, animal cruelty, and harmful practices represent just one part of HSUS’ work. It also focuses on education, legislation, and hands-on programs to help spread awareness about these cruelties and needs. As more people learn about the many ways we can make the world better for animals, they can have a greater impact.
How you can help HSUS
The Humane Society of the United States offers many ways to get involved. No matter your availability or situation, you can find a way to join the fight against animal cruelty.
Every charity depends on outside support to fund its efforts. You can join as a one-time or monthly sponsor, but there are other ways to give as well. If you’ve lost a loved one or want to honor someone, you can give in their memory or name. Some people even donate their vehicles or stocks/mutual funds to HSUS.
You can also start a fundraiser for a greater impact. Every dollar counts, no matter how it is given.
From caring for rescued animals to educating others, there are many ways to volunteer with HSUS. You can join local efforts to bring change to the animals and practices in your community. Those with political experience can join policy efforts. There are over 60 ways to join HSUS in its fight, so get in touch to find the right one for you.
Open an Account with Flare Account®1
We believe so much in what HSUS is doing that we partnered with them for a Charity Debit Card. When you open a Flare Account, you gain a convenient banking option. You can enjoy direct deposit of your paycheck, easy mobile banking options, and much more.
As part of our Chip in for Charity program, these cards give everyone the opportunity to support a great cause. Using your Charity Debit Card doesn’t cost you anything but makes a world of difference for the animals helped by HSUS.
HSUS and Adopt a Dog Month
In the U.S., between 3 and 4 million pets wait in shelters to be adopted and brought into homes every year. Although HSUS fights to bring these animals out of bad situations, they need more help to give them a home.
October is Adopt a Dog Month, a special event meant to raise awareness about the dogs that need a forever home and how people can make that dream a reality. If you can’t adopt a shelter dog yourself, you can use the ideas above to help HSUS give more animals a chance to find a safe home and happy life.
Start helping HSUS fight animal cruelty and give shelter dogs a better chance by opening your Flare account today!