The Humane Society of the United States is expanding its 9.5 million membership roster by joining forces with the Doris Day Animal League. This gives the animal activist group another 180,000 members to help increase its public policy activity, coordinate on animal welfare issues and further streamline operations among national animal activist groups.

"I think our goal is to accumulate greater strength so we can be more effective,” says Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society. “We want to show policy leaders and lawmakers we're a formidable entity,"

DDAL Executive Director Holly Hazard will become chief innovation officer at HSUS, where she will focus on new initiatives for two of HSUS’ existing programs and develop new business ventures. Sara Amundson, DDAL legislative director, will become executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

HSUS’s 2006 budget is $103 million, more than double its 1996 budget. The animal welfare group plans to devote more resources to its legislative fund, and the fund's board was expected to vote last week to get involved in the November elections.

Since Pacelle took over as president and CEO of HSUS in 2004, the group created campaign departments that focus on four major areas – animal cruelty, fur, factory farming and abusive sport hunting practices. The HSUS also has created an in-house litigation team that has more than 40 active cases in state and federal courts. The organization employees more than 400 people, a 60 percent increase from 2000.

PRWEB, Washington Post