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.
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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