American Humane Association
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 360
Washington DC 20036-2217

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (866) 242-1877
Mission Statement
To ensure the welfare, wellness, and well-being of children and animals, as well as unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals, to the mutual benefit of both.
CEO/Executive Director Robin R. Ganzert Ph.D.
Board Chair John Payne
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chair, Board of Directors CEO and Founder of Pet Health Innovations, LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1903
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To ensure the welfare, wellness, and well-being of children and animals, as well as unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals, to the mutual benefit of both.
Background Statement

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only nonprofit dedicated to protecting children and animals. Since 1877 the organization has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable, including children, pets and farm animals. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments for 2015:

  • As our Red Star team approaches its 100 year anniversary in 2016, the team was deployed to help animals in a number of dire situations, including providing emergency assistance during flood response and helping care for dogs who had been rescued from a dog fighting raid.
  • Expanded our farm animal program to reaching 1.25 billion animals- 1/8 of all farm animals in the United States!
  • Through Operation Purple Camps, we sent therapy dogs to camps around the country to help the children of military families cope with the difficulty of having a parent deployed overseas.
  • Named Harley, as our top Hero Dog at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™. Harley was rescued from a puppy mill after living in a small cage for 10 years. He now helps to raise funds to save and provide medical care for other dogs rescued from puppy mills, and will now help us to bring awareness to the issue of puppy mills.
  • Maintained status as a “Top-Rated Charity” by CharityWatch and Gold certification by GuideStar for our commitment to transparency and accountability!


Goals for 2016:
  • Continuing our efforts to expand our Red Star team as we look to expand to the Midwest and West coast with the goal of having a Red Star team in each of the 10 FEMA regions.
  • Working on a new research model which will have medical and veterinary professionals working collaboratively to address disease and disorders in both humans and animals.
  • Continue our outstanding track record on the sets of filmed media and on hundreds of farms, around the country, all in the name of humane treatment with the most stringent peer-reviewed guidelines in their respective industries.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to build our Innovation Fund to provide the financial flexibility needed to carry out our mission through programs designed to build more humane communities and a more humane world.
  2. Funding to launch our Canines and Veterans with PTS/TBI study to review, approve, and develop recommendations for existing national standards that federal agencies, healthcare providers, and service dog practitioners can collectively embrace for service dogs trained in PTS work; and to measure the efficacy of service dogs who meet these standards to improve well-being outcomes for veterans diagnosed with PTS.
  3. Funding for Red Star Regional Response vehicles in areas of need, including Texas and California, and to ensure our current Red Star Rigs are fully-stocked for deployment.
  4. Funding for trainings for emergency responders and volunteers on how to care for animals during emergencies.
  5. Funding to bring home retired overseas war dogs and reunite them with their handlers or new forever homes, honoring them for their brave service to our country.


Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Pediatrics Research
Disaster Preparedness and Relief Service
Areas of Service
Throughout the United States
The 135-year-old American Humane Association works to ensure the welfare, wellness and well-being of millions of children and animals in all 50 states -- and in countries around the globe -- through rescue services, cutting-edge research, science-based programs, thought leadership, policy development, curricula, training programs, and a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals dedicated to the protection of the voiceless and the vulnerable against cruelty, abuse and neglect.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

American Humane Association is a vital, relevant and mission-driven institution with an unrelenting commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all we do. As champions for our most vulnerable in society, our shared focus on delivering strategic programs with significant national impact must be ever present. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major policy movement, legislative effort and shift in cultural attitudes aimed at improving the lives of children and animals. Strategic program investments, coupled with financial viability, has provided this institution with the unique perspective of claiming a social movement that has resulted in significant protections not even imagined a generation ago.


In these difficult economic and social times for our nation, American Humane Association is working hard to raise sufficient support to carry out its innovative efforts. This challenge is not only in terms of raising financial support, which proves challenging in this economic climate, but also in combating “compassion fatigue” among so many families and communities facing significant stress in these times. Now more than ever, the nation needs American Humane Association – to lay the groundwork for creating more humane communities and to provide innovative, compassionate leadership to help those most vulnerable.


Over the past few years, and in response to the current economic climate, tough decisions were made and were approved by a highly engaged board of directors who asked the hard, challenging questions as good stewards of the historical legacy and financial assets of this institution. With these changes, American Humane Association is poised for even greater success in the future. Investments of staff time, talent and resources are more laser-focused than ever on our program priorities. This prudent exercise, undertaken at the board’s request, positions American Humane Association to be much more nimble and innovative as we address future issues that impact America’s children and animals.

Working in association with American first responders, civic leaders, animal protection advocates, healthcare providers, and families to prepare for and cope when crisis and disasters strike. Since World War I, our teams have deployed to some of the nation's most trying natural disasters and cases of widespread animal cruelty and abuse.

Programs include:
  • Red Star™ Rescue for Animals and Kids
  • Red Star™ Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Second Chance© Fund grants
  • Meacham grants

We respond to crises to protect animals, assist people, and make communities whole again.

We mitigate the impact of crises by helping families and communities prepare for the worst.

We enrich lives, reduce pain and ease the suffering of children, veterans, the elderly and the infirm through our Animal-Assisted Therapy.

We help individuals and organizations rehabilitate abused animals by way of our Second Chance© Fund grants and aid shelters and rescue organizations improve their facilities through Meacham grants.

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success


As American Humane Association’s Red Star™ program prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016, the team is in the midst of great achievement and growth. In 2014, the Red Star rescue team was deployed to animal rescue cases across the country, including providing emergency care to 70 dogs rescued from a dogfighting raid and helping horses, who were severely neglected and abused, get a second chance at life.

In addition to the rescue deployments, Red Star team members provided lifesaving education and outreach through a disaster preparedness tour. American Humane Association’s Animal-Assisted Therapy teams also continued to work in partnership with the National Military Family Association, which offers camps for children of military families. Teams of handlers and animals visited the camps to provide comfort for children with a parent deployed on active military duty. The smiles and looks of relief on the children’s faces demonstrated the calming therapeutic effects an animal can have on an individual.

Long-Term Success Agenda for change: Expanded Red Star™ fleet and staff that allows us to protect and serve more; Increase the number of National Military Family Association children’s camps and family retreats we provide with animal-assisted therapy teams; Greater funding to fulfill more requests for Second Chance© Fund and Meacham grants.
Program Success Monitored By

American Humane Association is committed to achieving strategic, measurable impact in all of its undertakings. For our Humane Intervention programs, we measure our effectiveness and impact based upon the numbers of:

  • Animals we help rescue from disasters, emergencies, or cruel and inhumane situations;
  • Animals that we reunite with their families or for whom we find new, loving permanent homes;
  • Communities that benefit from our emergency preparedness consultation and expertise;
  • Individuals who are trained to safely and effectively rescue and care for animals in harm's way.
  • Children impacted through animal-assisted therapy at military camps, schools, hospitals, etc.
  • Therapy teams participating in animal-assisted therapy.
  • Animals sheltered and cared for through a Second Chance Fund or Meacham grant.
Examples of Program Success
Over the past year, our Red Star team has rescued over 500 animals from both natural and man-made disasters; reunited over 100 animals with their families; and trained 510 volunteers in animal response and relief, including our Basic Animal Emergency Services training course, which has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) review and approval process and is the first and only animal course to be included in the DHS course guide. Red Star has impacted 20 states across the U.S. with our community preparedness trainings and disaster response efforts, including deployments to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Alabama, Indiana, and Tennessee.
Working in association with American policymakers, thought leaders, scientists and the public to build enduring solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and animals.
Programs include:
  • Animal Welfare Research Institute
  • Children’s Innovation Institute
  • Child and animal welfare policy statements

We are international leaders in the science of animal welfare, child protection and well-being and the power of the human-animal bond.

We are policy innovators with an unrivaled track record of securing legislative victories, shaping demonstrable shifts in cultural attitudes and ending cruelty and abuse of children and animals.

We are working towards building a world of humane communities, a goal attainable by many groups working together in association with each other.

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

In 2014, American Humane Association and Zoetis launched a full clinical phase of our Canines and Childhood Cancer study, which aims to scientifically prove the long-suspected benefits of animal-assisted therapy for children with cancer and their families.

American Humane Association also worked to help all of our military heroes by assisting in bringing home 21 military hero dogs and reuniting them with their hero handlers. This benefits our heroes on both ends of the leash and for this reason, we have also worked to change the rules to ensure that all heroes are brought home and given the retirement they deserve.

Long-Term Success Agenda for change: Full funding of our Animal Welfare Research Institute and Children’s Innovation Institute; Enactment of our legislative agenda for children; Development of a complementary legislative agenda for animals.
Program Success Monitored By

For our Humane Research & Policy programs, we measure our effectiveness and impact based upon the numbers of:

  • Animals impacted by research conducted on their behalf, with no animals harmed in the process.
  • Children impacted by research advancing the welfare, well-being and wellness of children by focusing on the topics of greatest concern to children and their families.
  • Humane Scholar projects funded and veterinary student scientists able to advance their careers in their chosen profession, without incurring additional debt to participate in the opportunity.
Examples of Program Success
The first phase of our Canines and Childhood Cancer study has received tremendous feedback to date, including the following testimonial from the deputy branch chief of NICHD at the National Institutes of Health:
"To underscore a point made in the meeting, this study will be a landmark in the field, and it is important to document progress as it is made. The literature review which has already been generated is in itself a significant contribution to the field, and the development of the measurement battery and intervention protocol will be important milestones as well. Even the pilot data will likely advance our understanding of best practices for how to implement and study this type of intervention in a clinical setting.
We have also received tremendous press coverage for the publishing of the "Keeping Pets (Dogs and Cats) in Homes" phase one report, which resulted in news stories in 164 countries and 3,110 Google hits for news and media sites.
Working in association with the American film and television industry to ensure the well-being of animal actors and promote the human-animal bond.
Programs include:
  • “No Animals Were Harmed”®
  • American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™

We directly safeguard thousands of animal actors each year through our “No Animals Were Harmed”® certification program.

We shine an international spotlight on the everyday importance of animals in our lives through the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™.

We leverage relationships with society’s most visible personalities to create new programs that help children and animals, and expand understanding of the human-animal bond.

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

In 2014, the “No Animals Were Harmed”® program celebrated its 75th anniversary and logged thousands of days on sets around the world. By adhering to the rigorous guidelines set forth in our “Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media,” we have ensured a 99.98 percent success rate of safety for these animals. We have also strengthened our team’s ability to protect animals by recruiting and training seven licensed veterinarians who are strategically placed in emerging and high production states, launching a national training and professional development program, and convened the Humane Hollywood Scientific Advisory Committee. In addition, we have opened a new resource center and production hotline which provides service to film productions to ensure the best animal welfare practices.

Long-Term Success Agenda for change: No animal actor ever has to be unprotected on – or off – set; All animals are recognized for the heroic role they play in someone’s life; Expanded leveraging of celebrities to benefit all American Humane Association programs.
Program Success Monitored By

Effectiveness of the program will be measured by metrics designed to illustrate program activity, including but not limited to:

  • the number of production days supervised;
  • percentage of intense animal action scenes covered;
  • number of films screened, rated and reviewed; and
    the number of certifications awarded.

The goal of the “No Animals Were Harmed”® program is to achieve 65% coverage of identified SAG/AFTRA domestic animal production days and 90-95% coverage of intense animal action scenes.

Examples of Program Success

During a nationwide search over the course of six months, 141 dogs from all across the country were nominated for the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™;and more than a million votes were cast by the American public, culminating in the selection of eight extraordinary canine finalists.

Working in association with American farmers, ranchers, animal advocates, veterinarians, academics, distributors, consumers and communities to enhance the welfare of farm animals and the health and well-being of children, families and communities.
Programs include:
  • American Humane Certified®
  • Humane Heartland curriculum for school children

We directly promote the welfare and well-being of millions of animals through the American Humane Certified® farm animal welfare program.

We lead innovation, research, science and best practices in the humane treatment of farm animals.

We develop new curricula for children on farm animals, leading to a nation of healthy animals and healthy, compassionate kids.

We help animals, children, and families in communities nationwide by furthering the dialogue between consumers and producers to create and support humane and sustainable agriculture.

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Farm & Domestic Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

American Humane Association’s first foray into animal protection issues came in 1877 when we addressed the humane treatment of livestock on trains. The American Humane Certified® program is now the nation’s oldest and largest farm certification program of its kind and is based on more than 200 species-specific standards. The program certifies and monitors farms and ranches now protecting over 1.25 billion farm animals which translate to 1 in every 8 animals in U.S. agriculture. The Humane Heartland team also works with a number of chefs to promote the consumption of humanely-raised food. Our continued partnership with the James Beard Foundation focuses on the humane treatment of farm animals and also the discussion of issues relevant to the industry.

Long-Term Success Agenda for change: A farm system that fully integrates the critical but siloed issue areas of animal welfare, child and family well-being, and health.
Program Success Monitored By

In order to constantly maintain the program’s effectiveness, American Humane Association regularly reviews and updates the standards with its distinguished Scientific Advisory Committee so that producers have the benefit of the latest global research, technological advances, best practices, and new methods for more humane care.

These thorough, comprehensive measures were built upon accepted values including:
  • The “Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare” created by the Farm Animal Welfare Council and adopted as the welfare standards of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • The Federation of Animal Science Societies' “Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching.”
  • Various other practical standards and animal husbandry guidelines.
Examples of Program Success


In 2013, American Humane Association's American Humane Certified™ program
certified the protection of nearly 1 billion farm animals in the United States!


The American Humane Certified™ program now certifies the humane treatment of almost 10 percent of all farm animals raised for food production in this country. 


Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Robin R. Ganzert Ph.D.
Term Start Oct 2010

Upon joining American Humane Association in 2010, Dr. Ganzert began achieving substantial progress in increasing global awareness about the organization, improving its operational efficiency and enhancing the effectiveness of its programs, as well as establishing new efforts of national significance, including the Animal Welfare Research Institute, Children’s Innovation Institute, Hero Dog Awards™, and a major research study on the effects of animal-assisted therapy on children with cancer. In 2012 she was honored with a national Fiduciary Leader Award by the Investment Fiduciary Leadership Council.

Dr. Ganzert previously served as Deputy Director of Philanthropic Services at The Pew Charitable Trusts, Senior VP and National Director of Philanthropic Strategies at Wachovia Wealth Management, and National Director of the Wachovia Center for Planned Giving. Dr. Ganzert received her BS and MBA from Wake Forest University and her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Chief of Staff
Title Chief Communications Officer
Title Chief Veterinary Officer and National Director, No Animals Were Harmed® Program
Title National Director, Humane Research & Therapy
Title Chief Veterinary Officer and Director, Animal Welfare Research Institute
Title National Director, Red Star Emergency Rescue Services for Animals
Title General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Paid Full-Time Staff 76
Volunteers 238
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair John Payne
Company Affiliation Chair, Board of Directors CEO and Founder of Pet Health Innovations, LLC
Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2016
Board Members
William Abbott Hallmark Channel
Dawn Assenzio Community Volunteer
Dr. Marty Becker Veterinarian, Television Correspondent and Author
Amanda Bowman Founder, Anglosphere Society
Dr. Edward T. Creagan FAAHPMMayo Clinic
William P. Davis Esq.Davis Law & Associates P.C.
Debra S. Fair Mars Petcare US, Inc.
Naomi Judd Singer/songwriter
Andrea Ledford NCR Corporation
Elizabeth A. Lyman Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
J. Michael McFarland DVM, DABVP, Pfizer Animal Health
John Payne (Chair)Chair, Board of Directors CEO and Founder of Pet Health Innovations, LLC
Lois Pope The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation
Carole Gene “Candy” Spelling Philanthropist & Author
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $13,989,000
Projected Expenses $13,565,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$655,029$3,686,015
Individual Contributions--$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$119,711$452,033($157,305)
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events($19,136)$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$53,796$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$8,774,247$10,194,261$14,302,750
Administration Expense$743,365$987,618$746,080
Fundraising Expense$1,923,320$1,901,571$2,411,195
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.031.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%78%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue25%18%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$13,536,364$12,876,261$12,258,456
Current Assets$10,320,540$6,470,515$5,567,557
Long-Term Liabilities$1,538,921$1,231,641$0
Current Liabilities$1,718,042$2,057,986$3,046,269
Total Net Assets$10,279,401$9,586,634$9,212,187
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.013.141.83
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets11%10%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Lois Pope LIFE Foundation $1,600,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Crown Media Holdings $925,600
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual estate $744,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name American Humane Association
Address 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 360
Washington, DC 200362217
Primary Phone (866) 242-1877
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Robin R. Ganzert Ph.D.
Board Chair John Payne
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chair, Board of Directors CEO and Founder of Pet Health Innovations, LLC
Year of Incorporation 1903