CCF report on HSUS shelter funding (CCF)‏

Sent: June 4, 2010 1:51:43 PM

NOTE: The report “Not Your Local Humane Society” can be found at;

Center for Consumer Freedom
Tracking HSUS’s Shocking Snubbing of Local Shelters
June 2, 2010

One great challenge faced by pet lovers, livestock farmers, hunters,
medical researchers, and others is communicating with the public that
the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), despite the words
“humane society” in its name, isn’t affiliated with any local humane
societies. Unfortunately, most Americans are under the illusion that
HSUS is a pet shelter umbrella group that gives “most of its money” to
local pet care centers. The truth, though, is that HSUS is an animal
rights group bent on radically reordering society. Meanwhile, HSUS
uses this public confusion to build credibility and advance its
liberate-the-chickens agenda.

We’re releasing a new report today called “Not Your Local Humane
Society.” It documents just how little HSUS shares with hands-on
dog-and-cat shelters in all 50 states. And this isn’t just a one-year
slump—it’s a trend. We went through HSUS’s tax filings for 2006, 2007,
and 2008, (HSUS hasn’t filed its 2009 tax return yet.) In those three
tax years, HSUS spent nearly $280 million on salaries, lobbying,
advertising, fundraising, and other programs. Its grants to hands-on
pet shelters, though, totaled less than $7 million—barely a sliver of
the money it had at its disposal.

HSUS did spend $2.4 million on pet shelters in Louisiana between 2006
and 2008, mostly consisting of funds for constructing new facilities
following Hurricane Katrina. (The Bayou State’s Attorney General
mysteriously closed his wide-ranging investigation of HSUS’s
post-Katrina fundraising after the group pledged a grant to build a
new shelter at a state prison.)

HSUS could easily afford to follow this funding model across America,
making seven-figure grants to build state-of-the-art pet shelters in
every state. If it did so, those expenditures would amount to roughly
half of its an nual budget. That would be a noble goal, especially
considering that half of all pets that enter shelters are euthanized
every year—largely due to a lack of funding.

In fact, our very popular HumaneWatch project issued a “50 percent”
challenge to HSUS two weeks ago, calling on HSUS to pledge that it
will share half its income with pet shelters in the future. If HSUS
agrees, HumaneWatch will vanish.

So far, though, we have yet to hear back. And the clock is ticking,
both for millions of animals and for local communities (like this one
in North Carolina
that desperately need help saving the dogs and cats featured in HSUS’s
own television commercials.

Mac Leod Motto