June 30, 2010
The President of the Aiken SPCA in SC wants the public to know:
The Aiken SPCA does not receive funding from either the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It relies upon local, private donations.
The most visible of the national organizations, particularly HSUS and PETA, collect hundreds of millions of dollars that are used primarily for lobbying, promoting legislation and for retirement plans for their administrators.
To really help animals at the local level, give at the local level and talk to elected officials about using tax money, but do not be persuaded into believing that any of the privately run rescues is so flush with money that they don’t need your help, because they do.
Many people are under the impression that money donated to large national organizations such as ASPCA, HSUS and PETA help pets in their local shelters. That’s why I feel it’s so important to dispel that myth. While you can’t put me down in the LOVE column on any of these groups, I do recognize they each contribute some amount of good to the animal world. But the public did not come by this misconception about donating to these organizations by accident. Big corporations can afford to buy major media ads, do bulk mailings and pay fancy PR firms. They can pay people to surf the web and copy-paste pre-fab spin into every blog on the net they can find that mentions them. That’s their right. Just as it’s my right to help spread awareness via this blog whenever I can.