What is Humane Society?
Humane society is a kind of group that is aiming to stop animal or human suffering as a result of cruelty, abuse or any similar reasons. In many other countries, this term is used mainly for societies that are preventing animal cruelty. 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 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. A couple of years later, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded. 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. With local organizations are concerned mainly for sheltering, euthanasia of animals and adoption, such organizations coordinate and address the much larger issues beyond the resources or scope of the independent and smaller groups.
The fact is, local groups are not funded, operated or controlled by Humane Society of the United States. However, it does provide supporting grants, training of the animal care personnel, evaluation services and standards of care. HSUS are frequently working with shelters in large scale animal rescues and disaster operations, assisting in the triage, evaluation, transport and care of the rescued animals. 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 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.
There are many resources online that you can check out if you want to learn more about this subject.