HSUS keeps contributors in the dark

December 18, 2013


JoAnn Alumbaugh, Editor, Pork Network | Updated: 12/15/2013

According to a recent poll by the Opinion Research Corporation, 71 percent of Americans believed that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) “is an umbrella group that represents thousands of local humane societies all across America.” And 68 percent believed that HSUS “contributes most of its money to local organizations that care for dogs and cats.” Both of these
statements are false.

HumaneWatch.org reports that recent research has also uncovered another disturbing finding: HSUS’ own donors are confused about where their money is going. The release states, “A September 2013 poll of 1,050 self-identified HSUS supporters found that 87 percent of HSUS’s donors were unaware that the
organization gives just 1 percent of its budget to local pet shelters. When informed of this fact, 83 percent of HSUS’s own donors agreed the group “misleads people into thinking that it supports local humane societies and pet shelters,” and 59 percent were less likely to support HSUS….

…Hurricane Help – for HSUS

The organization raised $2.2 million in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but in reality, only one third of the money was actually spent on hurricane relief (view the documents here). HumaneWatch continues: “This isn’t the first disaster that has raised questions about HSUS’ fundraising. Louisiana’s attorney general investigated HSUS following Hurricane Katrina, closing the investigation only after HSUS agreed to build a new shelter in the state. A 2009 WSB-TV report discovered that out of the $34 million HSUS reported raising after Katrina, only $7 million could be publicly accounted for.”…