This Group Has Been Rescuing Animals from Flooding. Where’s HSUS?

BoulderFloodingHurricane season has been light this year, but that doesn’t mean the country has been disaster-free. One of the most significant disasters has been the flooding near Boulder, Colorado. The Longmont Humane Society has been helping animals affected by the flooding, assisting to the point where it is even over capacity.

You’d think this would be a good time for the Humane Society of the United States to offer some help to Longmont Humane Society. After all, HSUS’s TV ads are about helping and rescuing needy animals. And after last year’s Hurricane Sandy, HSUS raised $1.5 million more for its disaster relief fund than it spent on Sandy relief. It has plenty of money lying around (including $200 million in net assets).

Yet despite HSUS’s new motto of “we’re there,” HSUS has not helped the Longmont Humane Society with the flooding. Nada. Not a dime.

In fact, Longmont Humane Society is also in broader financial trouble, needing to pay $770,000 by the end of November to meet a loan payment. So far it has reportedly raised just $54,000.

Once again, HSUS has not given a penny to help this. (We asked.)

That’s not to say HSUS did nothing in the flooding. HSUS did rescue a few prairie dogs, and in its typically self-promotional way was happy to film itself doing so for CEO Wayne Pacelle’s blog. (We hope they took care—these rodents were recently found to carry bubonic plague in Colorado. No joke.)

What’s worse is that HSUS has a bunch of money that it’s gearing up to spend in Colorado—but not on helping pets. HSUS is planning on running a ballot initiative aimed at banning a practice on dairy farms called tail docking.

Dairy farmers use tail docking for cleanliness, to prevent cows from swishing manure onto their legs or udders. It’s not a common practice in the state; there’s only one farm in all of Colorado that does it. HSUS tried to ban tail docking this year, but after hearing from both sides the legislature wasn’t interested. So now HSUS is planning a ballot initiative that will cost easily hundreds of thousands of dollars in signature collection, staff time, and advertising.

HSUS can spare money to run a ballot campaign on a rare farm practice, but it can’t spare any for the Longmont Humane Society? Talk about absurd priorities.

Consider helping the Longmont Humane Society care for animals. And spread the word about the fact that HSUS uses manipulative advertising despite giving just 1 percent of its budget to local pet shelters. There may well be a shelter near you in a similarly dire financial situation, and it sure could use the help. HSUS isn’t “there” for them.

Posted on 10/11/2013 at 2:31 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • Carole Hay

    FIRST I”d like to say that I KNOW of HSUS has millions laying around
    and they don’t use most of that money for DOGS> or horses or cats. Or
    HELP other societys or groups helping to save innocent lives., shame on
    YOU folks shame on you…….. they do have many other things they do
    and use that money for….. many people think they don’t have that kind
    of money but they do………..they SHOULD HELP LHS to help save the
    animals they go out of their way to help and HSUS isn’t helping them at
    all, AND LHS needs HELP to survive too…….. YOU think they will help
    out and join together to save animals in flooding areas or the
    like……. to help give more HELP??? HUH??duh? AND,, to mention cow
    tail docking I do believe that GOD MADE COWS tails long like that with
    hair on the ends to help them get RID of the nasty diseased fly’s that
    bite them all day long, that is their only natural fly swatter , what is
    wrong with FARMERS today to want to cut their tails OFF that is purely
    disgusting….. to take away that ONLY natural fly help that cows have
    today. WHAT IS WRONG with these farmers today are they JUST GETTING TO
    DARN LAZY to clean off the teets to work them pretty soon they’ll be
    saying next DON”T LET COWS LAY DOWN ON THE GROUND, duh WHAT DIFFERENCE
    DOES IT MAKE IF A TAIL MAKES THEM DIRTY OR IF THEY LAY DOWN IN MUD AND
    MANURE?????????????????????

    WHEW, i KNOW OF COW FARMERS IN THE
    NORTH pa> THAT CLEAN THE TEETS OFF BEFORE THEY MILK THEM., THAT IS
    CONSIDERED PART OF THE JOB………..FOR GOOD CLEAN MILK. PEOPLE need to
    get REAL and get a LIFE> UGH>

    FARMERS stop picking on God’s cows tails. goodness gracious.

    • WORSEKarma

      Congratulations, Little Useful Idiot, on FOCUSING IN ON THE LEAST SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE. What’s WRONG WITH Useful Idiots who ZERO IN ON one tiny aspect of a BIG PICTURE, go PSYCHOTICALLY SHRILL, and start typing ALL IN CAPS, as if that in any way makes anything they have to say SIGNIFICANT?

    • Jolanda Junge

      The first best thing to do before having an opinion is to know the facts. You are absolutely right that tails are used for fly swishers. Commericial dairy cows live in climate controlled buildings where there are no flies – thus no need for swishers. Docking tails is not cutting off a cow’s tail – it’s removing the swishy part which does lie in the manure and effects hygiene and sanitation. How dare you even suggest that farmers are lazy!! Running a dairy farm is a 24/7/365 business. I’ll bet you don’t put that much time into your job!!!! Each cow’s udder is wiped down and disinfected by hand every time she goes into a milking stall. Too bad you’re buying the emotional deception and helping spread misinformation and downright lies. At some point don’t you have to ask yourself how honest and forthright an organization that raises $137,000,000.00 (2011 IRS990) and only gives $307,000.00 to pet shelters ($47,000,000.00 went to fundraising, $40,000,000.00 to litigation) is? We all should be calling them out on the lies and deceit and going to bat for the farmers and ranchers.

  • DC

    I believe that HSUS officials claimed the Sandy money that was not used after that Hurricane would be used for disaster relief in the future. So what about Colorado or the ND blizzard.

  • Karenh

    I live in Colo and had not heard about that ballot measure, ’til now. HSUS is as welcome to our farmers as the flood was. All the farmers and ranchers in this state are well aware of the ultimate agenda, but since we represent a tiny majority of voters it will probably pass. (sigh)

    So nice rescue efforts were directed at rodents that are routinely used as target practice since they do nothing but destroy pastures. Stupid, but what do you expect from these idiots!