New Poll: HSUS Continues to Dupe Donors

CapitolSouth6Evidence continues to mount that the Humane Society of the United States is betraying its donors’ trust. Last week we reported that HSUS internal polls showed the vast majority of HSUS donors believe their contributions to HSUS are used to fund local animal shelters. Now this week, new polling data reinforces our assertion that HSUS is knowingly misleading its donors.

We recently asked 1,051 HSUS donors why they support the Humane Society of the United States, and the results of the survey are very revealing. Over 80% of the HSUS donors said that the primary reason they support HSUS is “to help HSUS care for homeless dogs and cats in animal shelters” and to “reduce the number of animals put down in shelters each year.” We then asked the logical follow up question—“were you aware that HSUS gives just 1 percent of its budget to local pet shelters?” Over 87% of HSUS donors answered “No.” Also, HSUS does not run a single pet shelter of its own and is not affiliated with similarly named local humane societies.

Download the survey in PDF format here.

And that’s not all. After learning that HSUS only gives 1% of its budget to local animal shelters, 75% of HSUS donors are less likely to support HSUS. Lastly, 95% of HSUS donors agreed that HSUS should be required to disclose the fact that is not affiliated with local humane societies in its advertising.

The results of our survey are disappointing, but not surprising. Based on the fact that 75% of our survey respondents are now less likely to support HSUS, it is clear that HSUS’s financial support is almost entirely dependent on its ability to continue this hoax. HSUS is in no rush to clear up the widespread confusion it has with its donors. That’s why we’re here.

Survey Results Below:

What is the primary reason you support the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)?

Count    Percent  Option

421         40.10%  To help HSUS care for homeless dogs and cats in animal shelters and humane societies.

45           4.29%    To help HSUS’s animal rescue team.

96           9.14%    To raise awareness about animal cruelty

430         40.95% To reduce the number of animals put down in shelters each year.

4              0.38%   To support HSUS’s farm animal protection programs.

54           5.14%    To support HSUS’s political lobbying for anti-animal cruelty legislation.

1050       Total

 

Were you aware that HSUS gives just 1 percent of its budget to local pet shelters?

Count    Percent   Option

129         12.31%    Yes

919         87.69%    No

1048       Total

 

Were you aware that HSUS is not affiliated with any local humane societies?

Count    Percent   Option

203         19.35%   Yes

846         80.65%   No

1049       Total

 

Were you aware that HSUS doesn’t run any pet shelters?

Count    Percent  Option

180         17.26%   Yes

863         82.74%   No

1043       Total

 

Now that you know that HSUS gives just one percent of its budget to local pet shelters, do you think the HSUS misleads people into thinking that it supports local humane societies and pet shelters?

Count    Percent   Option

787         74.88%  Very Much

183         17.41%   Somewhat

48           4.57%    Not really

33           3.14%    Not at all

1051       Total

 

Now that you know that HSUS gives just one percent of its budget to local pet shelters, are you more or less likely to support HSUS?

Count    Percent  Option

32           3.05%    Much More Likely

35           3.34%    More Likely

195         18.61%  Neither

262         25.00%  Less Likely

524         50.00%  Much Less Likely

1048       Total

 

Do you think HSUS should be required to disclose in its advertising the fact that it is not affiliated with local humane societies?

Count    Percent  Option

999         95.78%  Yes

44           4.22%    No

1043       Total

 

Do you think HSUS should be required to disclose in its advertising the fact that just 1 percent of the money it raises will go to local pet shelters?

Count    Percent  Option

995         95.31%   Yes

49           4.69%     No

1044       Total

 

Do you think HSUS should be required to disclose in its advertising the fact that it does not run any pet shelters?

Count    Percent   Option

985         94.71%   Yes

55           5.29%     No

1040       Total

 

Posted on 04/13/2015 at 9:31 am by HumaneWatch Team.

Topics: Fundraising & MoneyMain

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  • Dexter Presley

    What’s up with the people who said they’d continue to give even though they know their money isn’t being used to help animals? Oh, wait, yeah. Political agendas. Idiots.

  • Wendy Tucker

    Great survey! Now if we could just get it publicised on National News or one of those investigative news shows. More people need to be reached with the truth because they are still receiving donations!

  • Vivian Condon

    It’s about damn time these people go down! Shame on their lies~~

  • Natalie Perline-Norman

    I take it the votes for HSUS are the ones affiliated with the organization

  • maryvpom

    How about the money the ASPCA is raising ? They have no shelters……..

    • Elexis Craig

      Yes they do. 1, in new York city.

      • maryvpom

        One shelter does not require $$ ads on TV for money!

    • Isschade

      and PETA’s “kill rate” is 95% and has been in the 90%%% range for more than 10 years. All the animal rights organizations should be shut DOWN… period.

  • I do not understand why HSUS isn’t prosecuted.

  • Denise Fulkerson DeBlois

    mspca is just as bad

  • Mary Wenig-Sherman

    ASPCA has shelters in VA and low cost spaying and neutering in VA and NC