The “Humane Society of the U.S.” Hardly Cares for Any Animals in America

sad-dogThe Humane Society of the United States, like an unfortunate number of large, bloated charities, wastes a lot of money that could be used for good. But the real crime might be in how the organization concocts talking points that make it seem otherwise. In fact, it appears that much of HSUS’s “hands-on care” consists of merely snipping street dogs’ testicles in foreign countries, to put it bluntly.

HSUS does not run a single pet shelter despite its name. Its CEO gets a sizeable $450,000 compensation package; the group has shoveled $150 million into offshore funds since 2012; and it has gotten “D” and “C” grades from the respected evaluator CharityWatch for high overhead.

HSUS tries to deflect this criticism by claiming it cares for a lot of animals. We’ve debunked this talking point time and again over the years, but this year HSUS is now claiming it has cared for 300,000 animals—three times the number it claimed just two years ago.

HSUS provides no formal accounting of this figure, so that’s the first hint that this figure is preposterous. But from the organization’s website we’ve been able to tease out some specific programs in the United States:

South Florida Wildlife Center: 12,000 animals

Black Beauty Ranch: “hundreds”

Pets for Life: 14,000

Which leaves about 283,000 missing. Where are they? Most of those appear to be street dogs that are sterilized in India, Bhutan, and other developing countries. HSUS signed a two-year agreement in 2015 to sterilize or vaccinate 400,000 dogs in India. And HSUS isn’t doing this for free—local governments are compensating them. HSUS even canceled an agreement with one Indian locality last year because it felt it wasn’t being paid enough. This, from an already wealthy charity, mind you.

So there you go. When you give to the Humane Society of the United States, you’re probably not helping any animals in the US. Instead, you’re helping money-grubbing blowhards who act far more pious than they really are pad their salaries, pension plans, and Caribbean funds.

The solution? Give to your local shelter directly. They’ll appreciate it—and they’ll be a lot more upfront about how they use your donation.

Posted on 12/09/2016 at 2:24 pm by Humane Watch Team.

Topics: Annual ReportsHSUS PublicationsPets


  • Kathryn Smith

    seems we could get this organization on the annual ‘DO NOT GIVE’ list – along with the others that are listed every year –

  • Historia

    The money should be going to help the animals. The CEO’s are given way too much money. Greed is evil!

  • puccini914

    Please specify that Humane Society Animal Shelters are not run by HSUS and do not receive any money from them or are they guided by them in any way. They function completely independently and do rely on donations from the public as well as endowments and fundraisers. Any money given to these shelters goes to the shelters and you can specify that money go directly to animal care only. None of that money will go to HSUS. I was an Animal Care Manager at one of these shelters and I can attest to these facts. I wrote the budget for all animal care in that shelter and we neither received nor gave any monies to the National Office, though the administrative office may have had to pay some annual dues for the use of the name.

    • auditor0007

      I too am concerned that many will perceive this to mean that their local Humane Society is not doing what it should.

    • Independently Minded

      The last paragraph said specifically to give directly to your LOCAL shelter instead of the HSUS–that they will appreciate it and be much more upfront about how the money is spent.
      Personally, I only give donations locally. Even then, I am quite particular about the groups and organizations to whom I will give a donation. I am very willing to assist financially, as long as the money is used wisely and not to pad the pockets of a few administrators.

  • laurelladesborough

    Great information about the hypocrisy of the HSUS!

  • Don Scott

    I hope that these allegations are untrue. This really needs to be investigated. Please read the first comment by puccini914 for other information. Perhaps HSUS is no better than many other supposed charities in our country.

  • Ruth DelaCerda

    Also, do not donate to PETA and ASPCA.