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’ ads would be well advised to donate to one of these shelters, instead of 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. Based on its tax returns, HSUS set aside only about 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
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 Independence County
Humane Society of the Ozarks

California

Butte Humane Society
Central California SPCA
Humane Society of Silicon Valley
Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
Humane Society of Ventura County
Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA
Laguna Beach Animal Shelter
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
Pets & Pals Animal Shelter
Placer County SPCA
Sacramento 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
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

Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta
Best Friends Humane Society
Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, Inc
Gwinnett Humane Society
Heart of Georgia Humane Society
Homeless Pets Foundation
PAWS Atlanta
Walker County Animal Shelter

Hawaii

Hawaiian Humane Society
Joey’s Feline Friends

Idaho

Bingham County Humane Society
Idaho Humane Society
Kootenai Humane Society
Meridian Valley Humane Society
West Valley Humane Society

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

Akita Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Coast
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

Best Friends of Pets
AuSable Valley Animal Shelter
Capital Area Humane Society
Cherryland Humane Society
Humane Society of Huron Valley
Humane Society of Monroe County
Kalamazoo Humane Society
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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

Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska
Beatrice Humane Society
Hearts United for Animals
Humane Society of the South Platte Valley
Nebraska Humane Society
The Cat House

Nevada

Carson Tahoe SPCA
Nevada Humane Society
Las Vegas Valley Humane Society
Pet Network Valley Humane Society
SPCA of Northern Nevada

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

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
Paws For Life Animal Rescue
Humane Society of Charlotte
Humane Society of Concord/Prince’s Meow
Lake Norman Humane
Purr Partners Feline Rescue
Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society

North Dakota

Central Dakota Humane Society
Circle of Friends Humane Society
Homeward Animal Shelter

Ohio

League for Animal Welfare
Auglaize County Humane Society
The Humane Society serving Crawford County
Fulton County Humane Society
Humane Society of Columbiana County
Summit Humane
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
Brightside Animal Center
Cat Adoption Team
Klamath Humane Society
Northwest Animal Companions
Oregon Humane Society

Pennsylvania

Adams County SPCA
Beaver County Humane Society
Central PA Humane Society
Providence Animal Center
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
Forever Love Rescue
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
Pike County Humane Society
Venango County Humane Society
Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

Rhode Island

Providence Animal Rescue League
Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary

South Carolina

Beaufort County Animal Services
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

Heartland Humane Society
Humane Society of the Black Hills
Paws Animal Rescue
Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

Tennessee

Coffee County Humane Society
Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County
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
Texas Humane Heroes
Humane Society of Southeast Texas
Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue
Laredo Animal Protective Society
League City Animal Shelter
Paws Animal Rescue
Plano Animal Shelter
Richardson Humane Society
Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

Utah

Cache Humane Society
Humane Society of Utah

Vermont

Homeward Bound
Save our Strays

Virginia

Angels of Assisi
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