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The Humane Society of the United States Overview

Washington, DC
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization. Together with our affiliates we provided hands-on care and services to nearly 100,000 animals in 2018 alone, and continue to professionalize the field through ... Read more

Mission: Celebrate animals, confront cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States – Why Work For Us?

We fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, we take on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries. With our affiliates, we rescue and care for thousands of animals every year through our animal rescue team’s work and other hands-on animal care services. We fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind our name: A humane society. And we can’t do it without you.


  • Provide direct care, rescue and services for animals in crisis.
  • Pass local, state and federal laws to protect animals.
  • Make sure existing laws are properly enforced.
  • Help the biggest corporations reform their animal welfare policies.
  • Shape public opinion on animal cruelty through our awareness campaigns and investigations.


  • The world’s greatest roster of scientists and other experts in animal welfare.
  • State directors across the country working at the local level.
  • Five affiliated animal sanctuaries and medical centers.
  • Programs that provide veterinary care and other animal services to inner cities, and a veterinary affiliate that provides these services to Native American reservations.
  • Wildlife sanctuaries in more than 35 states.
  • A global affiliate, Humane Society International, which runs programs in more than 20 countries.

We take a mainstream approach and combat the most severe forms of cruelty and abuse. Leaders in the humane movement ranked us the most effective animal organization in the country in a survey conducted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia.

Rescue & direct care

We respond to major cruelty and disaster situations, providing hands-on care to horses, companion animals and wildlife.

Education & awareness

We encourage and empower people to create a more humane society for animals by making kinder, more informed choices.

Laws & corporate policy

We work with some of the world’s biggest companies to reform and improve their treatment of animals. Through the courts and the ballot box, we fight to improve legal protections for animals and train law enforcement to help stop animal cruelty.

Dedicate your career to animals.

The Humane Society of the United States Reviews

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    The place to work if you want to create positive change for animals
    Hard work is rewarded and the organization is great about promoting from within
    Dedicated to work/life balance and always looking for new ways to improve employee well being
    Both men and women in leadership roles
    Kind, hardworking co-workers across the globe


    Headquarters in Gaithersburg, which isn't the most accessible to DC metroplex, but it is more affordable to live

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The Humane Society of the United States Photos

The Humane Society of the United States photo of: Our Gaithersburg office location.
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The Humane Society of the United States photo of: Working on animal protection issues can be difficult when there are adversaries, but we make sure to celebrate the victories and milestones too.
The Humane Society of the United States photo of: The HSUS Animal Rescue Team sometimes uses the Gaithersburg office as a transfer point for dogs going to placement partners after a case is over.
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The Humane Society of the United States photo of: The HSUS running team participating in the annual Poplar Springs 5k
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The Humane Society of the United States Interviews



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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gaithersburg, MD
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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at The Humane Society of the United States (Gaithersburg, MD) in September 2015.


    Was e-mailed for a phone screening within a few days of applying online, and was surprised at how fast the response was. I replied quickly and received a confirmation two days later for a call later in the week. Half an hour into the agreed upon time without getting a call, I sent another e-mail asking to reschedule as they had apparently missed the time to call me. Later that day, I received an apology e-mail asking to reschedule. The screening was typical, and as usual, it was with HR who passes information to the hiring manager. Nearly two weeks later I received an e-mail asking me to come in for an in person interview and offered days/times. I again responded quickly but did not receive confirmation for a couple of days. Upon arriving, the confusion made sense- it seemed that there was a lot of miscommunication going around, including HR notifying me that day that they were still phone screening other candidates. While the people themselves were very nice, I was unimpressed with their process, sadly, because I think the organization does great things. I was turned off from applying for any other positions in the future.

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    • Do you have anything in your life that would go against the mission of the Humane Society?   1 Answer
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The Humane Society of the United States Awards & Accolades

  • AWE EcoLeadership, Alliance for Workplace Excellence, 2015
  • 2017 AWE Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval, Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE), 2017
  • 2017 AWE EcoLeadership Award, Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE), 2017
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Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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