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The Objective of Humane Society

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 1866, Henry Bergh has founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or simply as ASPCA which was actually the very first humane society recorded in the US. Then just after two years it was founded, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or MSPCA was formed. And as of 2012, Oregon Humane Society adopts the largest portion of animals in United States nationally with 97 percent adoption rate and 98 percent save rate with around 11000 adoptions every 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 these local groups are mostly about adoption, proper sheltering and euthanasia of the animals, national organizations on the other hand are focused most on addressing and coordinating the much bigger problems that are beyond the scope or resources 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. 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. HSUS provides a well national promotion of animal adoptions and shelters either done in partnership with other known animal protection charities or on their own.

Basically, there was a study made by Chronicle of Philanthropy back in 1994 focusing on the credibility and popularity of the non profit and charitable organizations. 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.

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