the Humane Society of the United States

Registered Name
Humane Society of the United States
Tax ID


The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals - a world that will also benefit people. 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 the lead 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.


Annual Budget
December 2019
+1% Growth
Program Spending
Fundraising Spending
Management Spending



Education and engagement the work of education and engagement, with the related activity of public outreach and communication to a range of audiences, is conducted through many sections including donor care, companion animals, equine, animal research issues, wildlife, farm animals, marketing and communications, media and public relations, conferences and events, creative, the humane society institute for science and policy, faith outreach, rural affairs, celebrity outreach, and public service announcements. (continued on schedule o)

Public Policy and Enforcement the Hsus's Work in Public Policy and Enforcement Focuses On Short-, Near-, and Long-term Initiatives To Ensure the Well-being of Animals in a Variety of Contexts and Settings. Companion Animals


In 2017, the hsus continued to pursue its goal of ending gas chamber use in animal shelters throughout the united states. There are currently only four states with known chambers in active use nationwide, down from 16 when the hsus launched its gas chamber campaign in 2013. (continued on schedule o)


Direct care and service the hsus's direct care and service initiatives are designed to meet its commitment to animals and their basic care needs across a wide range of issue and program areas. These initiatives involve external grants to other organizations and the direct care work carried out by the hsus and its staff members. As a core concern of the hsus, direct care and service comprises the work of such programs as the animal rescue team, companion animals, pets for life, state affairs, and wildlife. (continued on schedule o)


Eric L. Bernthal Esq. Chair of the Board
Jennifer Leaning Md Smh Vice Chair
Kathleen M. Linehan Esq. Board Treasurer
Jason Weiss Second Vice Chair
Wayne Pacelle President & CEO
Michael Markarian Chief Operating Officer
G. Thomas Waite III Treasurer & CFO
Amy C. Rodgers Secretary
Andrew Rowan CIO & Chief Scientific Officer
Katherine Karl General Counsel, Vice President & CLO
Michaelen Barsness Controller, Deputy Treasurer & Assistant Treasurer
Theresa Reese Second Deputy Director
Cristobel Block Chief International Officer
Carol England Assistant Secretary
Donna Mochi Assistant Secretary
Denise Schlener Assistant Treasurer
Jeffrey J. Arciniaco Director
Georgina Bloomberg Director
David Brownstein Director
Erika Brunson Director
Jerry Cesak Director
Anita W. Coupe Esq. Director
Neil B. Fang Esq. Cpa Director
Jane Greenspun Gale Director
Spencer B. Haber Director
Amanda Hearst Director
Cathy Kangas Director
Paula A. Kislak Dvm Director
Charles A. Laue Director
John Mackey Director
Mary I. Max Director
Patrick L. Mcdonnell Director
C. Thomas Mcmillen Director
Judy Ney Director
Sharon Lee Patrick Director
Marsha Perelman Director
Margaret Perenchio Director
Marian G. Probst Director
Jonathan M. Ratner Director
Joshua S. Reichert Director
Walter J. Stewart Esq. Director
Andrew Weinstein Director
Suzy Welch Director
David O. Wiebers Director
Geoffrey Handy Svp. for Marketing and Communications
Holly Hazard Svp. Programs & Innovations
Elizabeth Liley Chief Development Officer
Rebecca Branzell Deputy General Counsel
Roger Kindler General Counsel, Vice President & CLO
Kelly Peterson Svp. State Affairs
Heidi Prescott Senior Vice President
Melissa Rubin Svp. Animal Response
Bernard O. Unti Former Assistant Treasurer
Source: IRS 990