The Humane Society of the United States Hurts Pets

Every year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized. Who’s hindering progress by denying resources to shelters? The Humane Society of the United States.

Despite its name, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with local humane societies and does not run any pet shelters.

HSUS deceives pet lovers by running ads that show abandoned and abused dogs and cats, yet it gives only 1 percent of the money it raises to pet shelters, according to its own tax returns.

Shelter professionals agree that there is a lot of confusion regarding national animal charities' level of support for local animal shelters. In fact, a poll of animal shelter professionals found that 71% percent believe it “misleads people into thinking it is associated with local animal shelters.”

Even HSUS donors feel deceived once they learn the truth.

Where does the money go? To fund a pension plan. To employ dozens of lawyers. According to one watchdog, 46 percent of HSUS’s budget is overhead, while the American Institute for Philanthropy calculates that HSUS spends as little as half of its budget on programs—earning HSUS a “D” grade.

Just as many people “buy local,” please give local and support a pet shelter near you. Your help could be as simple as donating time, money, or supplies such as towels and blankets. But everyone can help by spreading the “give local” message to their friends and family.

Posted on 11/08/2012 at 4:13 am by HumaneWatch Team.

Topics: Pets


  • ashley

    they r bad people!!!!!

  • Julian

    This is not true and truly these sites aren’t being fair about the problem…. The SPCA and Humain shelters are run by the people for the people. They are me and you… and we’re overwhelmed by people that give up pets that they cant take care of. We’re being forced to concentrate countless strays that are given up or lost and unclaimed. Without enough budget money via public donations and tax dollars they cant possibly afford to shelter or take care of these animals… When people buy pure bred animals instead of adopting or irresponsibly forget to spay or neuter their pets they make the problem worst. If you really have such a problem with it please donate your time and money at a local shelter and help these animals… Every dollar and every minute volunteered means hope for another animal. We all can make a difference but we cant blame an overburdened system that can’t handle the demand from society’s unwanted pets and doesn’t have any other choice. It’s nice put the blame on others but if want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make a change.

    • KaD

      They are run by people who don’t want to get a real job and live off the generous gullibility of others. What part of 1% don’t you understand? People should contribute to local shelters directly. Bypass the crony’s.

    • GirlULove2Love

      I am sorry, but I don’t see how your response (which I agree with helping locally 100% as I volunteer my time at our local Humane Society) argues with the article. You do understand that the article is stating that the group that calls themselves the Humane Society of the United States is in NO WAY associated to the local Humane Societies that you and I support. They are a different group. The article is stating that we need to support the local shelters but your first sentence says the article is not true? I’m a tad confused.