HumaneWatch Blog

  • New Video: Help Homeless Pets, Not High-Paid Execs

    The release of the ad coincides with the release of the 2017 edition of our “Not Your Local Humane Society” report showing how little money HSUS gives to pet shelters across the United States. We have a handy map you can share with people, in fact. The report, which dives into HSUS’s 2016 tax return, shows that over 50% of the organization’s budget went to fundraising while only 1% was given to pet shelters. Other highlights include $51 million stashed away in Caribbean accounts, $4.25 million used for lobbying, and $2.9 million in compensation for just 13 executives.

  • See How Little the Humane Society of the U.S. Gives to Your State

    Have you seen the ads on TV with the slow piano music and the tear-jerking images of cats and dogs? Ever gotten a letter in the mail asking for a donation to help needy pets? You may be shocked to learn that the group behind these solicitations, the Humane Society of the United States, is actually not affiliated with your local humane society pet shelter, and runs zero pet shelters.

  • HSUS Tied to Lobby Shop That Housed Accused Fraudster

    The Humane Society of the United States has come under scrutiny from Members of Congress for spending an inordinate amount of money on lobbying in possible violation of charity rules. New revelations shine a light on the lobbying apparatus in which HSUS operates.

  • Fourth Dog Dies in HSUS Custody

    We wrote recently of the three Great Danes being held by HSUS in a secret location since a June seizure in New Hampshire, including one that had died of painful intestinal bloat. News broke over the weekend that a fourth dog, a 15-month-old puppy, has died while in HSUS custody.

  • HSUS Execs Live High on the Hog

    According to its tax return, last year the Humane Society of the United States spent about 50 percent of the money it raised simply trying to raise more money. It’s a case of “factory fundraising”: A charity that cares more about its bottom line than its mission. And with the amount of money its executives make from this scheme—and the houses it affords them—it’s no wonder.

  • Dog in HSUS “Care” Died of Painful Twisted Intestines

    Last week the trial began for a New Hampshire woman accused of animal cruelty. Over the summer, HSUS seized 84 Great Danes from her and has had custody of the animals in a secret location since while the criminal case against the woman has proceeded. However, three dogs have since died in HSUS custody, and the defense is probing into the circumstances.

  • HSUS Cozies Up to Trump Administration

    The Humane Society of the United States’ political arm endorsed Hillary Clinton last year, calling a Donald Trump administration a “threat to animals everywhere.” So why is HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle now getting close to the very people he condemns?

  • Humane Society of the U.S. Has $51 Million in the Caribbean

    While most of the country enjoys the temperate fall weather, snow has already fallen in many areas out west. Those looking for warm retreats as the weather cools are already looking at places in the Caribbean. We might suggest the Cayman Islands, where the Humane Society of the United States is keeping donor money tanned, rested, and ready—and away from the animals it is supposed to help.

  • HSUS Exploits Vegas Tragedy to Push Unconnected Lobbying Agenda

    The mass murder in Las Vegas has shocked the country. As investigators still try to figure out a motive, some public figures have questioned whether new gun control laws are justified or not. To some, asking these questions so soon after the tragedy is inappropriate; to others it is timely. It’s a delicate balance to take into account people’s feelings.

  • Dogs Die in HSUS “Care” in New Hampshire

    Big news broke this summer when 84 Great Danes were seized from a New Hampshire woman’s mansion. She was charged with animal cruelty, and her trial starts next week. But whether she is found guilty or not, the “care” of the animals by the Humane Society of the United States is drawing scrutiny following several dog deaths.