Pet shelters speak out against HSUS

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is feeling the heat. More and more people are learning, thanks to this project and other efforts, that HSUS is not a real “humane society” and in fact gives only 1 percent  of the money it raises to pet shelters, according to the watchdog group

“People are seeing how HSUS uses misleading advertising  that preys on the common misconception that HSUS is a pet-shelter umbrella in order to raise millions from the public,” according to a press release from HumaneWatch.

The watchdog group has released many comments made to media from pet shelters that have been willing to publicly speak out against HSUS.

In a poll of the sheltering community, which used a nationally representative sample of 400 rescues, shelters, and animal control organizations, HumaneWatch found that 71 percent agree that “HSUS misleads people into thinking it is associated with local animal shelters.”

Comments received from respondents follow. Some have been edited for grammar and spelling.

“A horrible organization that does a disservice to those of us who are helping dogs and cats.” –A rescue

“I am appalled that they share so little of the funds raised with organizations that are actually out there in the trenches fighting the war against pet overpopulation and abuse.”—A shelter

“I feel they deliberately misrepresent what they are and what they do.”—A rescue

“HSUS, I believe, misleads the general public into believing that they support the local humane societies and small rescue organizations when this is not the case at all.”—A rescue

“Don't care for them at all, they do a disservice to all shelters and rescues.”—A rescue

“Misleading advertising, hidden agenda, funds could be better used elsewhere.”—A rescue

“They need to spend more money helping animals and local rescues more directly and consistently.”—A rescue

“Useless, harmful, and misleading.”—A rescue

“We really don't know how they are helping any animals directly!”—A shelter

“A scam.”—A rescue

“For the amount of money they bring in they do not do enough good.”—A rescue

“It misrepresents what it does. They have turned into a front for PETA.” —A rescue

“Only does those things that will grab media attention.  Misleads public.”—A rescue

“We changed our name … because we in no way want to be affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States.  I personally believe their ad campaigns are deceptive.”—A shelter

“I think they're deceptive in their fundraising and take away funds from local shelters/rescues.”—A rescue

“It is not an actual shelter or rescue, yet solicits funds by presenting itself as such.”—A rescue

“Some of their views have made it very hard for shelters. They offer help but only to a few.”—A shelter

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Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  February, 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM

If there is a prize for the stupidest article on the Net, I nominate this one. How is it possible that you found SO many shelters and rescues with the same name? "I think someone has made dairyherd look very foolish indeed"__A person

robbie bell    
md  |  February, 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM

Read the whole article, they won't print actual names.

MA  |  February, 02, 2012 at 04:34 AM

HSUS is a bad organization that needs to be taken seriously. Their agenda is to end animal agriculture by preying on the sensitivities and wallets of the general public, something they're becoming very good at. So beware!!

Virginia  |  February, 02, 2012 at 10:30 AM

@ Terry Ward, you mention "stupidest" but the article clearly states that "For obvious reasons, we’re not going to identify them." Some cursory research and investigation would reveal to even the most unsophisticated reader that the HSUS is simply a political motivated entity with the same agenda as PETA that does nothing to help the many dogs and cats that desperately need care, and instead has its sights on wiping out the livestock industry

NE  |  February, 03, 2012 at 04:02 PM

Terry, If there were prizes for the most repetitive, pompous, and myopic poster, I nominate you. Have you brought anything to any discussion on any article other than snarky attempts at condescension? I haven't seen a single thing remotely resembling a constructive comment. By all means, if you wish to be civil and discuss things, please do so. However, this air of petulance and willful ignorance gets you nowhere other than giving the grownups someone to laugh at.

doug williams    
usa  |  February, 04, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Tery ward is a troll please don;t feed them.. if you do they will multiply.. of you don't they will starve..actually wither up and their keyboards will shrink to nothing as well.

NJ Cat Lover    
New Jersey  |  February, 04, 2012 at 01:01 PM

Actually Terry Ward is a member of the HSUS Sycophant Squad (as I have dubbed them). He (she?) seems to spend a lot of time visiting any article or web site that's critical of HSUS and posting ad hominem attacks, in lieu of factual criticism, in a lame attempt to rebut articles such as this one. So, when Terry criticizes, we can be sure that the article has hit home!

Ethical one    
Canada / QC  |  February, 12, 2012 at 09:19 PM

And humanewatch is a group of pro-cancer sucking liars. They send nearly 100% of their collected money to this hick Berman's pocket. Truth Just only 4.2% of HSUS' income goes into salaries and pensions for ALL of its employees. While for HumaneWatch 97% of income goes for PROFIT. Probably 3% goes to pay salary and 97% goes to hick Rick Berman. HW are hypocrites who blame their problems on others.

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