Critics question spending by Humane Society of the United States

What did I do wrong?” “Why did they hurt me?” “Why did  they abandon me?” These are the questions that flash on your television screen  over pictures of injured and abandoned cats and dogs.

Anybody with an ounce of compassion wants to help these poor animals. Then comes the pitch: “For just $19 a month, you can join the  Humane Society of the United States in our fight to eliminate animal abuse  everywhere.”

But where does that $19 a month go? Does it go to  protecting the cats and dogs pictured in the television ads? Nope. According  their most recent tax return, less than 1 percent of the Humane Society of the  United States’ annual budget actually goes to local pet shelters.

“Critics question spending by Humane Society of the United States,” Conn Carroll,  Washington Examiner, January 9, 2012

A reprehensible bait and switch — using photos of animals at shelters to gather donations; then redirecting the money donated to six-figure executive salaries, flashy ad campaigns, and high-profile lawsuits against the livestock industry.

It’s better to give directly to no-kill, non-profit charities like North Shore Animal League that actually do something to rescue the animals than give these people a dime.

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