Shelters

HumaneWatch has promoted the following pet shelters in its “Humane Bites” feature. We make no guarantees about how these shelters are operated, and we don’t distinguish between “kill” and “no-kill” shelters. For former HSUS donors looking for a reliable place to direct their charitable dollars, this is a good place to start.

In our judgment, consumers looking to support the rehabilitation and adoption of the dogs and cats in the Humane Society of the United States’s ads would be well advised to donate to one of these shelters, instead of to HSUS itself. Funding for hands-on pet shelters at the local level is something in which (despite its name) HSUS has sadly shown very little interest. In 2011, HSUS set aside less than one percent of its budget for organizations like these.

Want HumaneWatch to promote your local shelter? Send a suggestion to [email protected].

Note: We are not affiliated with any of these groups. We’re just listing them for people to consider donating to.

Alabama
Animal Rescue Foundation
Hale County Humane Society
Humane Society of Escambia County
Lake Martin Humane Society
Macon County Humane Society
Second Chance Shelter
Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter
Alaska
Kodiak Animal Shelter
Arizona
Animals Benefit Club
Apache Junction Animal Control Shelter
Bisbee Animal Shelter
Briard Rescue and Haven
Caring for Canines
HOPE Animal Shelter
Humane Society of Sedona
Humane Society of Yuma
Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue
Arkansas
For Pets Sake
Forrest City Humane Society
Good Shepherd Humane Society
Humane Society of the Ozarks
California
Butte Humane Society
Humane Society of Silicon Valley
Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
Humane Society of Ventura County
Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA
Laguna Beach Animal Shelter
Lake Tahoe Humane Society & SPCA
Living Free Animal Sanctuary
Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center
Palm Springs Animal Shelter
A Passion for Paws Rescue
Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA
Placer County SPCA
San Diego Humane Society
Sunshine Haven Animal Rescue & Wildlife Rehabilitation
Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles
Colorado
Almost Home Adoptions
All Aboard Animal Rescue
Animal House
Dumb Friends League
Every Creature Counts
Fort Morgan Humane Society
Homeward Bound Rescue Colorado
Larimer Humane Society
Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region
Humane Society of Weld County
Rifle Animal Shelter
Connecticut
The Animal Haven
Danbury Animal Welfare Society Inc.
Delaware
Delaware Puppy Rescue
Dumpster Cat Rescue League
Delaware’s Faithful Friends Inc.
Lost and Found Dog Rescue Adoption Center
District of Columbia
The Washington Animal Rescue League
Florida
Alachua County Humane Society
Dalmatian Rescue
Halifax Humane Society
Humane Society of Marion County
Humane Society of Northeast Florida
Humane Society of Pinellas County
Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Humane Society of the Nature Coast
SPCA of Central Florida
SPCA of Brevard
Suncoast Humane Society
Georgia
Best Friends Humane Society
Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, Inc
Gwinnett Humane Society
Heart of Georgia Humane Society
Homeless Pets Foundation
PAWS Atlanta
Southern Hope Humane Society
Walker County Animal Shelter
Hawaii
Hawaiian Humane Society
Joey’s Feline Friends
Idaho
Bingham County Humane Society
Canyon County Animal Shelter
Idaho Humane Society
Kootenai Humane Society
Meridian Valley Humane Society
Northwest Animal Companions
Illinois
Adrianne’s Angels
Benld Adopt-A-Pet
C.A.R.E
Homeward Bound Pet Shelter
Partners for Pets
Indiana
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control
HELP the Animals, Inc.
Humane Society for Boone County
Humane Society for Hamilton County
Humane Society of Jackson County
Independent Cat Society
Southside Animal Shelter
Iowa
Animal Rescue League
Heartland Humane Society
Humane Society of North Central Iowa
K9 Kindness Rescue
Safe Haven Iowa County
Kansas
Ford County Humane Society
Heart of America Humane Society
Helping Hands Humane Society
Humane Society of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City Pet Project
Kansas Humane Society
Kentucky
Boyd County Animal Shelter
Kentucky Humane Society
Louisiana
Humane Society of Central Louisiana
Raven Woods Animals Shelter
St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
Tangi Humane Society
Maine
Bangor Humane Society
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
Humane Society Waterville Area
Maryland
Humane Society of Baltimore County
Humane Society of Charles County
Massachusetts
Berkshire Humane Society
Bosler Humane Society
Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals
Neponset Valley Humane Society
Northeast Animal Shelter
Plymouth Animal Shelter
Quincy Animal Shelter
Save a Dog
Michigan
Al-Van Humane Society
AuSable Valley Animal Shelter
Capital Area Humane Society
Cherryland Humane Society
Humane Society of Huron Valley
Humane Society of Monroe County
Kalamazoo Humane Society
Marquette County Humane Society
Minnesota
Lake of the Woods Humane Society
Last Hope, Inc.
Martin County Humane Society
Paws and Claws Humane Society
Winona Area Humane Society
Mississippi
Hub City Humane Society
Natchez-Adams County Humane Society
Operation Mississippi Horses
Paws Rescue
Tupelo Lee Humane Society
Missouri
Adair County Humane Society
Carthage Humane Society
Castaway Animal Rescue Effort
Dent County Animal Welfare Society
Friends of the Friendless Animal Rescue Group
Follow Me Home Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
Help Humane
Joplin Humane Society
KC Pet Project
Lebanon Humane Society
Columbia Second Chance
Wayside Waifs
Montana
Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter
Help for Homeless Pets
Stafford Animal Shelter
Nebraska
Beatrice Humane Society
Hearts United for Animals
Nebraska Humane Society
Northeast Nebraska Humane Society
Platte Valley Humane Society
The Cat House
Nevada
Carson Tahoe SPCA
Nevada Humane Society
Las Vegas Valley Humane Society
Pet Network Valley Humane Society
New Hampshire
Animal Rescue League
Humane Society for Greater Nashua
Manchester Animal Shelter
New Hampshire Humane Society
Upper Valley Humane Society
New Jersey
Friends of Wayne Animals
Liberty Humane Society
Plainfield Area Humane Society
New Mexico
ACTion Programs for Animals 
Animal Protection Association of Socorro
Espanola Valley Humane Society
Humane Society of Southern New Mexico
Humane Society of Taos
Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society
New York
Buffalo Humane
Delaware Valley Humane Society
Erie County SPCA
Finger Lakes SPCA
Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Mount Vernon Animal Shelter
North Fork Animal Welfare League
Volunteers for Animals
North Carolina
Appalachian Animal Rescue Center
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
Carolina Basset Hound Rescue
Franklin County Humane Society
Humane Society of Charlotte
Humane Society of Concord/Prince’s Meow
Humane Society of Iredell
Kitty City
Purr Partners Feline Rescue
Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society
North Dakota
Central Dakota Humane Society
Circle of Friends Humane Society
FM Humane Society
Ohio
Auglaize County Humane Society
The Humane Society serving Crawford County
Fulton County Humane Society
Humane Society of Columbiana County
Humane Society of Greater Akron
Humane Society of Greater Dayton
Humane Society of Richland County
Lakewood Animal Shelter
Parma Animal Shelter
SPCA Cincinnati
Tuscarawas County Humane Society 
Oklahoma
Best Friends of Pets
Central Oklahoma Humane Society
Great Plains Mastiff Rescue
Humane Society of Grove & Grand Lake
Humane Society of Stillwater
Stillwater Animal Welfare
Oregon
Blue Mountain Humane Society
Cat Adoption Team
Klamath Humane Society
Oregon Humane Society
Redmond Humane Society
Pennsylvania
Adams County SPCA
Beaver County Humane Society
Central PA Humane Society
Delaware County SPCA
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
Western Pennsylvania Humane Society
Rhode Island
Providence Animal Rescue League
Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary 
South Carolina
Beaufort County Animal Shelter
Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary
Greenville Humane Society
Hilton Head Humane Association
Humane Society of York County
Marion County Humane Society
Palmetto Animal League
Pawmetto Lifeline
PETS, Inc.
South Dakota
Beaufort County Animal Shelter
Heartland Humane Society
Humane Society of the Black Hills
Pierre-Fort Pierre Humane Society
Sioux Falls Area Humane Society
Tennessee
Coffee County Humane Society
Pets Without Parents
Young-Williams Animal Shelter
Texas
Austin Humane Society
Caldwell County (TX) Animal Control
City of Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter
Friends for Life Animal Shelter & Sanctuary
Humane Society of Dallas County
Humane Society of Williamson County
Humane Society of Southeast Texas
Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue
Laredo Animal Protective Society
League City Animal Shelter
Plano Animal Shelter
Richardson Humane Society
Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter
Utah
Cache Humane Society
Vermont
Addison County Humane Society
Save our Strays
Virginia
Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Fauquier SPCA
Fredericksburg SPCA
Friends of Homeless Animals
Lynchburg Humane Society
Portsmouth Humane Society
Washington
Benton-Franklin Humane Society
Humane Society of Jefferson County
Seattle Humane Society
South Pacific County Humane Society
West Virginia
Canterbury Tails Animal Rescue
People United for Rescue and Rehabilitation West Virginia
Summers County Humane Society
The Humane Society of Parkersburg
Wisconsin
Chequamegon Humane Association
Dunn County Humane Society
Gregory’s Gift of Hope
Humane Society of Barron County
Humane Society of Jefferson County
Sauk Humane Society
Washington County Humane Society
Wisconsin Humane Society
Wyoming
Cheyenne Animal Shelter
K-9 Lifesavers
Park County Animal Shelter
PAWS of Jackson Hole
St. Francis Animal Shelter