WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, June 17, 2020 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, has released its annual Impact Report, detailing major accomplishments made over the past 12 months in furthering its 143-year-old work in ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals, as well as promoting and nurturing the life-changing, life-saving bonds between animals and people. The report is available here.
“Since 1877, we have been the driving force behind virtually every ‘first’ in the humane movement,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “Today, our programs directly improve and save the lives of some one billion animals each year – more than any other humane organization. With the help of the public, our dedicated volunteers, and the support of our remarkably generous donors, we are proud to continue our legacy of providing caring, compassion and hope to more of those in need than ever before.”
In just the past year, American Humane programs directly touched the lives of nearly 1 billion animals around the globe and won top honors from leading charity watchdogs for effectiveness, efficiency and transparency. Among the major successes revealed in the report:
- The American Humane “No Animals Were Harmed®” program successfully kept some 100,000 animals safe on film and television productions, increasing the number of our safety representatives working in 33 countries worldwide, and adding 16 percent more U.S. and international production days – helping make sure our beloved animal actors are treated like the stars they are.
- The American Humane Rescue program saved, sheltered, and fed 500,325 animals in desperate need, including shelter animals abandoned during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the victims of Hurricane Dorian, the devastating flooding in Oklahoma, and the Australian wildfires.
- The American Humane Conservation program helped ensure the welfare and humane treatment of nearly 400,000 remarkable and endangered animals living in the world’s zoos, aquariums and conservation centers – a 22.2 percent increase in just one year of the number of magnificent and disappearing creatures living under our science-based humane standards.
- The American Humane Farm program worked to improve the lives of some one billion animals living on farms and ranches, helping to ensure adequate space, air and water quality, proper temperature, humane treatment, and the ability to express natural behaviors. American Humane now certifies 90 percent of all cage-free eggs in the United States.
- American Humane’s Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs continued the organization’s 104-year legacy of supporting the U.S. military, veterans, and military animals by reuniting retired military dogs with their former handlers, providing free specialty veterinary care to K-9 veterans, and training dogs in need of forever homes, including those from shelters, as free, lifesaving service animals for veterans struggling to cope with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – saving lives on both ends of healing leashes.
- American Humane reached billions of people around the globe with lifesaving information and humane education tools to help build a better world for the most vulnerable among us.
Wealth of Awards for Good Stewardship
American Humane also earned much recognition for its good stewardship of funds and efficiency in turning charitable donations into effective action with 91.3 cents of every dollar spent now going directly into life-changing, life-saving programs. American Humane was recently awarded Charity Navigator’s highest “4-Star” rating for the third time, has been named a “Top-Rated Charity” with an “A” rating by CharityWatch, was called a “Best Charity” to support by Consumer Reports, and is among one-tenth of one percent of U.S. charities to make the Better Business Bureau’s “Wise Giving Alliance” list.
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