New Report: HSUS Uses Crises for Financial Gain

LootingWe’re at the tail end of hurricane season, and no major storms have hit the U.S. this year. That’s good for people—and animals.

It was two years ago that Hurricane Sandy slammed New York and New Jersey, causing mega-damage to people and putting animals in harm’s way. Many charities showed up, including the Humane Society of the United States. But did you know that HSUS kept about two-thirds of the money it raised following the storm, only spending one-third on Sandy relief?

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only time HSUS has taken advantage of goodwill following a crisis. Today we’re releasing a new report called “Looting in the Aftermath” that documents how HSUS has abused high-profile events for monetary gain. That includes:

  • Raising money after dogfighter Michael Vick’s arrest on the promise to “care for” the dogs seized—despite not having custody of the animals;
  • Raising money off of dogfighting victim “Fay”—who was not in HSUS’s custody;
  • Raising money after the 2010 Haiti earthquake because “Haiti’s animal survivors desperately need care”—despite admitting elsewhere that “no animal issues are here that are related to the event of the earthquake.”

Unfortunately, there are more than these. Read the full report to learn more.

If a disaster or other high-profile event occurs, expect the Humane Society of the United States to try to take advantage of it. You can help by wisely choosing a charity that has a good track record. If you want to help animals after a disaster, that means helping local groups on the ground, or national groups with good records, such as American Humane Association’s Red Star or Red Rover. HSUS may claim that “We’re There”—but they’re there to take photography and pad their bank accounts.

Posted on 10/29/2014 at 8:12 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • MisterCadet

    Bait and switch of the lowest order. HSUS is just as bad as “charities” that raise millions using images of sick or starving children, then pocket the money.

    I think Wayne Pacelle is as odious as a greedy televangelist on a moral crusade, traveling the world (first class) while begging for money to heal the sick and disabled. Benny Hinn comes to mind. He took in around well over $30 million one year – and sent $10,000 to an orphanage in Africa.

    Reviewing HSUS’s financial documents and tax returns over the past decade, it is apparent that their annual revenue increases (quite a bit) in the years when a high profile cruelty case or disaster occurs. I’m sure the parasites are hoping for another Katrina.

  • fearnot

    Wayne Pacelle makes Tammy Fay Baker looks like Mother Teresa

  • laurelladesborough

    I hope everyone is sharing this article far and wide. The general public desperately needs to know that donating to HSUS is a BAD idea. I heard from individuals who helped at Katrina who were shocked at the behavior of HSUS folks…posing for photos but never getting into the real work…which involved some rather muddy dogs and cats!

  • Everett Allen

    Hsus is just concerned with putting money in their own pockets.