The Essentials of Funds – 101
A group that’s main goal is to stop suffering of animals or humans as a result of abuse, cruelty or any similar reasons is called a humane society. In many other countries, this term is used mainly for societies that are preventing animal cruelty. In the UK however, this can be a society that is also offering waterways rescue, recovery service or an award that’s given for saving a 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. A couple of years later, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded. As of the year 2012, Oregon Humane Society has adopted the biggest percentage of animals in the United States nationally with a save rate of 98 percent and adoption rate of 97 percent with roughly 11000 adoptions per 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. On the other hand, what they do is support grants, standards of care, train animal care personnel and also, evaluation services. In addition to that, HSUS work frequently with shelters in big scale animal rescues and disaster operations, you can also see them assisting triage, transport and car of animals rescued, evaluation and so forth. 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.
Back in 1994, Chronicle of Philanthropy which is an industry publication has released the results of the biggest study of non-profit and charitable organization credibility and popularity. According to the study made, Humane Society of the United States is at the 6th position out of 100 charities for being the most popular non-profit group in America.
Some of the local humane society shelters are being referred as No Kill. This is frequently defined as a shelter to which the animals are just euthanized when they’re considered to be unadoptable either because it has behavioral problems that can’t be resolved or is suffering from untreatable medical condition.
If you like to learn more, there are abundant resources online that you can find.