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A Reason to Celebrate and Participate A Humane World

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An Animal Rescue Team volunteer spends time with Paz, one of the dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by Humane Society International, at our Maryland Care and Rehabilitation Center. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Every time we share news of a victory in our fight to protect animals, or positive trends in our cause, or growing momentum in a particular campaign, it’s also a story about the countless contributions of people working without slack behind the scenes to do these good things. arrive. Our activists, state and country office directors and other experts play a crucial role, but there is another group that also deserves credit: our volunteers. And this National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, I am proud to recognize the tremendous and truly impressive work of our volunteers.

In 2021 alone, across our family of organizations, 1,671 volunteers contributed more than 50,000 hours of their time, both in the United States and around the world. And we’re not just talking about the responders who volunteer with our animal rescue team. Many of our volunteers carry out their tasks from home. They intervene on all of our concerns, for all types of animals, for all kinds of work.

Take our campaign to end puppy mills. Volunteers put their time and talents to work in different ways:

  • Help with research. Last year, a team of volunteers sorted and filed over 20,000 public records that helped demonstrate the connection between puppy mills and pet stores.
  • Promote state and local laws that prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. Over 700 enthusiastic animal advocates have joined our Humane Policy Volunteer Leader program. Participants take action by contacting their lawmakers, testifying at hearings, writing letters to the editor, helping advance local ordinances that ban pet stores from selling puppies from puppy mills, recruiting friends and family to act and more. They have also been a strong voice in support of the Puppy Protection Act at the federal level.
  • Engage other supporters. Telephone banking volunteers are calling others to mobilize support for puppy mill legislation.

These are just a few examples for a single campaign. Within our organization there are many other opportunities to get involved as a volunteer, work that helps put the many incredible talents and skills of people to change the world for animals.

For those with flexible hours and a desire to do hands-on work, our animal rescue volunteer program might be a great choice. Volunteers from across the country come to our Care and Rehabilitation Center in Maryland to serve alongside our staff in providing day-to-day care for animals rescued from puppy mills, cruelty situations and more. Walking animals, cleaning kennels, providing transportation, managing administrative tasks, preparing meals… there are many ways to help.

For people who prefer a less hands-on role, our HSUS Ally program might fit the bill. Fill out this short form and we’ll let you know when animal advocacy opportunities arise in your area.

And if you know a vet, vet tech, or vet student (or maybe you’re one yourself), check out our Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association volunteer program. These volunteers share their expertise through relief and veterinary service opportunities, including volunteering with the Rural Veterinary Services program. They also advocate for good animal care and animal-friendly legislation through testimonials, media interviews, letters to the editor and more.

Staff and volunteers from the Rural Areas Veterinary Services (RAVS) program set up a field clinic on the San Carlos Apache reservation to provide high-quality neutering and welfare care to 300 animals that n would otherwise not have access to veterinary services. Shea Michelle

Our commitment to strategically, meaningfully and dynamically engaging volunteers stands out: We are very proud to say that The Humane Society of the United States has been certified by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, with the prestigious designation “Service Company”. This achievement ranks us among the top 11% of nonprofits in the country for volunteer management and organizational performance, and it means we have the focus, capacity and expertise to leverage the contributions of volunteers to bring about real change.

To our current and past volunteers, thank you! Your selfless dedication to animal welfare is inspiring. And for those of you who are thinking about it but haven’t yet, I hope you’ll join our volunteer program. Looking for more ways to make the world safer for animals? Scroll through the many options listed here.

I’m sure we can put your passion to work for animals, and I’m thrilled to see the results of your dedication. We need you, we appreciate you, and we welcome you as a contributor to our work.

Want to meet like-minded animal advocates and learn how to protect animals in your community? Join us at Conference Act for Animals this summer!