The Fund for Animals and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): A Partnership for Animals

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In January 2005, The Fund for Animals and The Humane Society of the United States joined forces in an unprecedented and historic combination. This was the first time in the history of the animal protection movement that two national, high-profile organizations have united to advance their common mission.

The groups continue operating as independent organizations, but the new partnership has allowed for the launch of several new programs, savings in administrative costs, and more effective results for animals. The Fund for Animals carries on the legacy of Cleveland Amory with the hard-hitting programs for which it has been known for four decades, and with a renewed emphasis on hands-on animal care services.

A New Approach to Advocacy

With the union of HSUS and Fund staff members, a campaigns department was created to focus on major, defining issues such as fur, wildlife abusesfactory farming, and malicious animal cruelty and fighting. We pursue these goals with a multifaceted approach involving investigations, litigation, lobbying, communications, corporate reforms, and professional campaigning.

The union also made possible the formation of a new Animal Protection Litigation section, with full-time attorneys—joined by a corps of law students and pro bono attorneys—fighting in court for animal protection laws. The section is the largest in-house animal protection litigation department in the country, serving as a training ground for the next generation of animal lawyers and law students. 

And finally, the union of our two groups allowed for the formation of a third organization: the Humane Society Legislative Fund, a 501(c)(4) political entity designed to augment our existing public policy work and allow for a more substantial investment of resources in political and lobbying activities. This new lobbying arm of our groups will enable an expansion of our public policy work, an enlargement of our network of trained activists, and a more level playing field with the industries that promote and condone cruelty to animals.

This newly configured partnership between The HSUS and The Fund for Animals represents the largest and most effective animal protection force in the United States.

A Helping Hand and a Strong Voice

The Fund for Animals continues its work as a leader in direct animal care centers providing veterinary care, rehabilitation and release efforts, and sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals throughout the United States. While The Fund and The HSUS are partners in these efforts, donations to The Fund for Animals are used specifically to support Fund programs, such as the direct animal care centers and a docket of animal protection litigation in which The Fund is a plaintiff.

  • The flagship legacy of author and Fund founder, Cleveland Amory, is the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. This 1,400-acre refuge in the rolling hills of east Texas, provides permanent sanctuary for nearly 1,000 rescued animals. With over 40 species—ranging from chimps and camels to horses and tigers—this world-renowned facility is the largest and most diverse of its kind. The Sanctuary is also home to the Doris Day Equine Center, which focuses on developing optimum programs to elevate the public perception of horses rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to our hands-on rescue, rehabilitation, training and placement of equines, we serve as a resource and support system to rescue centers around the country.
  • Duchess Sanctuary was established in 2008 as a safe haven for formerly abused, abandoned and neglected horses. Situated on 1,120 acres outside of the charming town of Oakland, Oregon, it offers permanent sanctuary to more than 190 equines. Much of the herd was rescued from the Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry, while other residents were rescued from public lands, auctions, feedlots and other dangerous situations.

FFA and the HSUS are merging.

For more than 15 years, the Humane Society of the United States has supported and worked side-by-side with the Fund for Animals to provide lifesaving care for the animals in greatest need. We are now deepening our relationship. Over the coming months, we intend to merge the two organizations, fully integrating the Fund for Animals into the Humane Society of the United States. The Fund for Animals (which operates Black Beauty Ranch, Duchess Sanctuary and Rural Area Veterinary Services) has been an affiliate of the HSUS and part of its family of organizations since 2005.

This merger will make us even more effective in providing care for animals in crisis. All the work for animals at Black Beauty Ranch, Duchess Sanctuary and Rural Area Veterinary Services will continue at the Humane Society of the United States—and your support will continue to be essential.