Organization Profile

The Humane Society of the United States

Together with millions of supporters, we take on puppy mills, factory farms, the fur trade, trophy hunting, animal cosmetics testing and other cruel industries. 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.


End the cruelest practices toward all animals.

Care for animals in crisis.

Build a stronger animal protection movement.

Increase our capacity to drive global change.

Our rescue and direct care work responds to today’s cruelties; our education, legislative and policy work prevents tomorrow’s.


The world’s greatest roster of experts in animal welfare.

Rescuers and caregivers with years of experience.

State directors working on animal issues around the country and passionate advocates pushing for policy change.

Several affiliated animal sanctuaries providing direct care and medical help for animals in need.

A global affiliate, Humane Society International, which has a presence in more than 50 countries.

District leaders are at the forefront of the Humane Society of the United States’ efforts to fight the big fights for animals and thereby create a more humane society.

As a district leader, you will serve as an HSUS ambassador in your congressional district and advance our federal, state and local animal protection legislative priorities.

District leader volunteer responsibilities: Actively participate in ongoing federal, state and local legislative advocacy and reform campaigns. Cultivate and maintain effective professional relationships with legislators.

Politely, clearly and consistently relay HSUS animal protection positions to your legislators, encourage their support of those positions and thank them for their efforts.

Build a network of HSUS allies in your community who will take action with you on animal protection issues.

Participate in Humane Lobby Day in your state capitol and, when possible, participate in federal Humane Lobby Day in Washington, D.C.

Submit letters to the editor to your local newspaper.

Collaborate with your HSUS state director and fellow volunteers on priority animal protection issues.

Represent the organization and help raise awareness on animal protection issues at community events.

Optional: Under the guidance of your HSUS state director and district leader staff, develop and implement a local animal protection project in your community.

You will become a highly trained volunteer leader in the rapidly growing animal protection movement, receiving advanced training and ongoing support in effective animal advocacy from HSUS staff. District leader volunteers will be provided with an orientation and background information, including information on the HSUS’s policies, programs and campaigns through an online, self-paced training course. You will be provided with a volunteer leader toolkit which highlights effective engagement strategies relative to animal protection. You will also gain access to numerous additional resources via our volunteer database. You will develop your legislative advocacy, networking, leadership and strategic thinking skills and you will have the opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with others in your community.

The efforts of our district leaders, coupled with the support of the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, serve to advance animal protection priorities in the 435 congressional districts across the nation.

Gaithersburg, MD, 20879