Many people believe that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an umbrella organization for the local animal shelters of similar names across the country. This is incorrect. In fact, although HSUS has an annual budget of roughly $100 million, it gives less than 1/2 of 1% of its money to shelters which actually care for pets.
HSUS is involved in many activities – primarily lobbying for legislation which is often anti-breeder and anti-pet in my view – as well as animal cruelty investigations. But let’s be clear – HSUS does not operate a single animal shelter in this country. Any animals HSUS rescues via a cruelty bust are cared for by other groups who actually operate shelters or rescues and very likely receive no financial assistance from HSUS. The shelters and rescues who actually care for homeless and abused pets rely on your donations to help them provide this care. If you donate to HSUS, you are not helping the shelter pets in your community.
HSUS has a history of deceptive fund raising tactics which cash in on the public’s misperception that donating to HSUS directly helps shelter pets. If you want to donate to a group who cares for the homeless pets in your community, find your local no kill shelter here. Better yet, stop by with some canned food or treats for the pets at your local no kill shelter and see for yourself how the animals are cared for. Know where your donated money is actually going and how it will be used. Knowledge is power.