American Humane Association

This week, we'll take a look at the American Humane Association, a non-profit organization that protects both children and animals, strengthening families by taking advantage of the bond between humans and animals.

A group of youth volunteers for the American Humane Association.

American Humane was founded in 1877, making a venerable member of the non-profit scene in the United States.  It is the only organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals; its dual services are unique.  Through child welfare, child protective services, and animal control agencies, American Humane benefits the helpless among is in whatever ways they can.  They are headquartered in Denver, but their reach is nation-wide.

According to their Web site, American Humane's mission is "to protect children and animals from cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation."  They raise awareness about animal and child abuse, and one of their most well-known services to the animal kingdom is the No Animals Were Harmed campaign, which oversees the use of animal actors in Hollywood and ensures that the proper treatment is used.

The American Humane Association also helps out via these services:

-    The Breakthrough Series collaborative analyzes the viability of the child welfare system and helps suggest reforms; this is a partnership with Casey Family Programs.

-    The Role of Fatherhood is American Humane's attempt to understand fathers' engagement in the child welfare system and to provide resources for fathers and children to reconnect.

-    The restorative justice programs partner American Humane's people with young offenders, whom they help to restore the wrongs done without juvenile detention.

-    Animal emergency services are provided for abused or neglected animals, in situations like natural disasters and puppy mill seizures.

-    Getting to Zero is a pet project of American Humane.  The goal of the program is to bring the number of adoptable pets in shelters that get euthanized each year down to zero.

Over recent years, American Humane has been accused of slow responses regarding animal cruelty on the sets of movies.  The Association responded by saying that the slanders were based on misinformation and were not, in fact accurate at all.  Still, PETA and other animal rights organizations have criticized aspects of the film program, suggesting improvements.

Nonetheless, the American Humane Association has done unparalleled work to help both children and animals in this country.  If you want to help, you can set up your garage sale funds to go towards the Association.  You can choose if you would like to help American Humane in general, or if you prefer to put the money towards one specific service.  Either way, you can click on the link below to access their donation page.

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http://www.americanhumane.org/donate/




Comments (11) -

Dimitri Biffle
Dimitri Biffle
3/2/2013 2:36:43 AM #

I admire these kind of organizations who fight to protect not only people but also animals. But heart just aches so much when I see animal cruelty in the news and television. I get so moved and struck especially when it's about dogs. I love dogs so much that when one of my dogs die, I really cry my heart out until there's no more tears left.

Some pictures in the internet show that people are skinning cats alive and placing them in laundry lines like clothes. Some even kill dogs and eat them. They even eat it while drinking alcoholic beverages. I can't stand those kind of people and I feel like I'm going to kill that person if I see him/her.

Dennis Greenhouse
Dennis Greenhouse
3/2/2013 2:41:36 AM #

The project that I like most of this organization is the restorative justice programs partner American Humane's people with young offenders, whom they help to restore the wrongs done without juvenile detention. They try to return those children into a normal, productive and better individuals capable of becoming leaders in the future. They do not give up and just say that "It's too late, he will never change."

They give these children a chance to change and redirect them out of the crooked and corrupt path that they have taken. They're trying to instill that "You've done a terrible thing but that doesn't mean you're a terrible person." They do not judge the individual but they look at the mistake they did and not the person directly. A lot of children nowadays have gone astray because of poverty, hunger and their desire to earn money for their starving family.

Keira Goldman
Keira Goldman
3/2/2013 2:45:58 AM #

These problems, for me, still comes from poverty, hunger, corruption and all the basic issues in our society. I think we should focus more on stopping these events rather than rehabilitating them because there will come a time that the number of juvenile offenders would just be too much. But if we stop it now by providing free education, providing jobs opportunities and stopping corruption, we will now stop the cycle and it will translate to a better society. Crime rates would decrease, the growth of the country will increase and there would be less poor people in the country. That's the way I see it primarily.

Paris Hyman
Paris Hyman
3/2/2013 2:51:51 AM #

I was attracted to their Getting to Zero project, where they try to bring the number of adoptable pets in shelters that get euthanized each year down to zero. There are a lot of dogs in shelters each year and because of their humungous numbers, they can't be adopted one by one. Some of they are put in shelters because they're too aggressive and are not safe to be with. I pity those dogs because they were not given the chance to change and return to their calm and submissive state.

I hope that there would be people like Cesar Milan (the guy on the Dog Whisperer Show) where he rehabilitates and trains dogs even if how shy or how aggressive they may be. He's not afraid of those dogs but instead, he sees that as a challenge and that he knows he can definitely change that dog for good. He even has his own rehabilitation center around 30 dogs in his care.

Orion Greenleaf
Orion Greenleaf
3/2/2013 2:56:10 AM #

I feel you Paris. I think that those aggressive dogs won't be that way if it were not for us humans. There is always a reason behind that change in their behavior. That dog you're calling to be aggressive and bad has been battered and abused so much that whenever he sees a human being, it's all that he remembers. He's so traumatized that he's always on alert mode because he does not want to experience that beating again. Dogs are more often or always misunderstood. Maybe you could look deeper into their eyes and try to understand the meaning of their behaviors...

Agustin Brooks
Agustin Brooks
3/2/2013 3:01:44 AM #

We're fortunate to have animal emergency services and agencies that work to rescue animals in homes and shelters. Unlike with other third world countries, they can't even have decent human services, how much more for their animals. We bring our dogs to clinics for check ups or operations but if you were in a third world country, the situation would be different. You wouldn't bring your pet to the veterinarian because you're always on a tight budget and your priority is to feed your family not to treat your dog. We're always whining about taking our dogs to clinics because it takes time but we just don't realize that we're very fortunate because we have the capacity to do that. We have all the animal services we need from grooming, health and emergency stuffs.

Kyle Noah
Kyle Noah
3/2/2013 3:04:44 AM #

I always watch those television shows about dogs being rescued and their rehabilitation story - from the first time they were rescued to the time they're adopted. It's a great transformation and a change of direction from almost dying to being happy and treated well in a family that loves and needs you.

Jeff Horford
Jeff Horford
3/2/2013 3:14:36 AM #

Their fatherhood program is also beneficial to children since it's hard to grow up without having a father figure around to guide and discipline you. You end up being a rebellious teenager and worst, you're engaging in illegal activities which you could not even think off doing if you have your father around. It's not only hard for the children but also for their mothers. It's harder to be a single parent raising a couple of children, you're the mother and the father at the same time. You need someone to be there and help you through the ups and downs of parenthood but how can that be possible if your husband is not around.

Drew Cotton
Drew Cotton
3/2/2013 3:20:30 AM #

It's great to know that there are still kind hearted people out there willing to help others. They try to give back what society has given them and advocate for child welfare and animal safety. The look after issues like abuse, violence, cruelty and they brainstorm a project and devise a plan on how to approach and solve those things. I hope that they would expand to new areas on where they could help like in poverty and education to have a better United States of America.

Shaniya Forbes
Shaniya Forbes
3/2/2013 3:24:42 AM #

I appreciate those teens in the picture who volunteer to help the cause of this organization. I just want to know how could I donate money or send them the proceeds of my garage sale and how to affiliate myself with their organization. I would love to be part of this great movement.

Loren Ramsey
Loren Ramsey
3/9/2013 5:39:23 AM #

It's really  great to hear that now a days, despite of all the chaos all over the world, there are still people who engage themselves on helping their fellowmen. It takes courage and determination when you engage into this type of organization.

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