Humane Society of the United States [HSUS] Law and Legal Definition

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the largest and most effective animal protection organization in the U.S. It was founded in 1954 and is based in Washington. HSUS is the world’s largest animal advocacy organization. The HSUS aims to prevent animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect. It seeks to provide a humane and sustainable world for all animals, a world that will also benefit people. It also makes efforts to develop a good bonding between human beings and animals.

The HSUS operates animal sanctuaries in five states. It promulgates best practices for animal sheltering and provides assistance to shelters and sheltering programs. The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association which provides free veterinary services for animals in impoverished communities is operated by the HSUS.

The HSUS activities include:

Providing direct care for animals at the HSUS sanctuaries and rescue facilities.

Educating the public about animal issues.

Enforcing existing animal laws.

Investigating cases involving animal cruelty.

Providing shelter standards and evaluations.

Conducting campaigns to promote pet adoption, direct support, and national conferences.

Confronting national and global cruelties such as: factory farming, animal fighting, abusive puppy mills, fur trade and wildlife abuse.