When we hear The Humane Society, we think of cute, sad puppies and kittens that need adoption. We also think of slaughtered horses, abused pets, and mutilated lab animals.
The Humane Society of the United States fights everyday for the rights of pets and wildlife, a battle they’ve fought in conjunction with the wildlife scientists of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for years.
In a hasty move last month, the U.S. House of Representatives overturned a rule designed by wildlife management professionals that prohibits and sanctions the killing of hibernating bears and young wolf pups in dens.
Following the vote, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle stated:
What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America. If the Senate and President concur, we’ll see wolf families killed in their dens, bears chased down by planes or suffering for hours in barbaric steel-jawed traps or snares.
Backers of the measure claim it is a states’ rights issue.
Fighting legislation takes significant resources and The Humane Society for the United States will be in full-on fundraising mode to ensure that the organization serves its mission to protect animals.
The new political era has introduced a host of threats that directly impact nonprofits. Organizations will continue to run up against unexpected issues that require quick action and a reserve fund to tap. We in the nonprofit sector are going to see more call-to-action funds over the next few years. How will this shape the fundraising climate? Will donors heed the call?
In short: get ready for a shake-up in fundraising strategy compared to the past eight years.