Video: What Does the Public Think About the Humane Society of the United States?

What do people think about the Humane Society of the United States? We decided to ask some passersby near the White House. People were upset to learn the truth about HSUS. See their reactions below in our “man on the street” video.

Update: To learn more about HSUS’s finances (and see proof), visit Unpacking the HSUS Gravy Train (2012 Edition)

Posted on 10/25/2013 at 3:29 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • Lois Vassilion

    This is why people don’t help local shelters and rescues. That does more harm than good. They need to get an attitude adjustment and so do the celebs that make money promoting this.

    • Humane soc Is very much wasting the help it recieves here in San Diego Ive picked up donated food and supplies that were supposed to go to rescue groups but instead got passed out to un needy neighbors and sold on black market in Mexico after I dropped it off at the designated places. during the 07 fires in Ca they were Inept at best, Actually harmfull in some cases. no training. I have a photo I took of 5 of them loungeing in the shade when we were unloading supplies , for a full4 1/2 hours and refused to help in any situation unless they got a call from our local animal control first(another Inept Wastefull group!)

  • Lynda Buckingham

    1. Where is the paperwork to back up your claim? 2. Where does the money go? I don’t believe the HSUS actually has a shelter, like the ASPCA does. I do believe they give grants to shelters, but I don’t know how much of their total income goes to that. I do know they are active in disaster rescue (of which we have had MANY lately). I know they’re involved in a huge lawsuit with “the circus folk” (and I support their efforts on this). I do know they spend money on lobbying efforts (don’t know how much). I know that any non-profit of this magnitude spends TONS on professional fundraisers (with which I don’t necessarily agree). What’s your point? I’d like to see the breakdown of what percentage of their income goes to various advocacy efforts. Why didn’t you produce it, as proof in your story? The problem with these blanket statements you’ve made is that you’ve snowed a lot of people into believing the HSUS is this horrible organization that’s pocketing everyone’s tax deductible donations and not giving any money to help animals. They may not be a model of charity, but I suspect they’re also not what you’re portraying them to be. Prove it! (By the way, if just one of those ads in your story sparks one person in each town to go down and volunteer at their local shelter, they’ve accomplished a LOT!)

    • Lori Lebsock

      yes, prove it!

    • Nancy Holohan
    • Nancy Holohan

      However, contrary to the HSUS, CNN has investigated the ASPCA. I’ve seen the way some of these large charities have advertised for money to help the animals in Fukushima, long after they are no longer involved…like now. But, you’ll still see ads. That rubs me the wrong way and makes me much less trustworthy of going with a large agency. But, that’s just a personal opinion. It’s worth doing your homework. Google whatever agency you’re considering donating to and take a few minutes to see what’s out there. If you have questions, call or write and ask. If you’re not comfortable with the answers, don’t donate.

      I’d also recommend taking a look at smaller groups who don’t have the funds to advertise but are just groups of volunteers helping rescue and care for animals, as in Japan.

    • Nancy Holohan

      P.P.S. Charity Navigator is also mentioned in this article. Of course, the rescue group must be making enough money just to be able to get on the list. While it may be a very good idea (and recommended by CNN) when it comes to large agencies, It doesn’t help with small neighborhood groups. BTW, If you look at Charity Navigator, they give the HSUS very good marks. These can be tough decisions. All of the names are similar and it’s easy for people to become confused. The agencies want to go for the heart. Small groups do the same. When it comes down to it, I think you also have to go with your “gut” feeling.

    • Kelly Ann Cavender Arnold

      I agree…PROVE what you are claiming here!

  • syl1969

    Give to your local humane societies and rescue groups – then you KNOW the $$ goes to help the animals in your own areas. HSUS and ASPCA have been paying board members big buck for many years (more now than ever). If you belonged or gave $$ you know this. Same with all big charities. Just support your local centers and these big boys can play politics and pay the lobbyists all they want. It’s been 15 years trying to shut down puppy mills in PA and they still thrive openly in the Amish/Mennonite communities in Lancaster Co. Why???

  • Elizabeth Gressham

    as far as lobbying ….. why would u need to spend money there? Treating animals humanely should be something done automatically that is if the human race wan actually HUMAN. as for spending so much money on a fundraiser….why? Do you really need to? It’s a charity you dont need something fancy to get people to donate there are alot of animal lovers about and if you prove you’re actually helping the animals we will give far more willingly. O always advocate giving to a local shelter verses a huge agency after all I have read several investigative articles on how huge organization collect for disasters and years later are caught still holding huge percents of the funds they asked for.