The Objective of Humane Society
Humane society is basically the group that is dedicated to prevent abuse or cruelty or similar issues to animals or humans. In various countries, the term is being used primarily for societies to prevent cruelty to animals. In the UK, it might also be a society that is providing waterways rescue, recovery service or something that gives awards for saving human life.
In the US, the first humane society was ASPCA or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, founded by Henry Bergh in New York City in 1866. Then two years later, the MSPCA was founded or Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In the year 2012, the Oregon Humane Society snagged the largest portion of animals in the US with about 97 percent adoption rate and also, 98 percent save rate for an estimated 11000 adoptions made every single year.
The humane societies operating in the US are all independent of similarly named national organizations similar to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA or Humane Society of the United States or HSUS. While the local organizations are primarily concerned with sheltering, euthanasia of animals and adoption, these national organizations are coordinating and addressing bigger issues that are beyond the resources or scope of independent, smaller groups.
As a matter of fact, Humane Society of the United States doesn’t operate, fund or control local groups. However, it does provide supporting grants, training of the animal care personnel, evaluation services and standards of care. Apart from that, the HSUS are working often with shelters in big scale animal disaster and rescue operations, assist in transporting and caring of rescued animals, evaluation and triage. If you think that is all, the HSUS can also do national promotion of the animal shelter and adoption be it alone or by getting sponsorships of other like-kind charities.
In 1994, the Chronicle of Philanthropy which is industry publication released the result of their biggest study of the credibility and popularity of non-profit and charitable organizations. Out of the 100 non-profit charities in the US, it revealed that the Humane Society of the United States is on the 6th spot.
Some local humane society shelters are considered as No Kill. This is described as a shelter wherein animals are euthanized for two reasons, if they’re suffering from an untreatable medical condition and when they have serious behavior problems which makes them unfit for adoption.
If you like to learn more, there are abundant resources online that you can find.