HSUS can clearly afford to help local shelters, but, in the words of CEO Wayne Pacelle, “we have other issues we want to work on.”
HumaneWatch.org reports that in Iowa last year, HSUS made a single grant to support animal sheltering, but the organization’s lobbying affiliate spend nearly $1 million in a failed attempt to defeat a Congressional incumbent. In addition, it spend 86 times more on its Ohio political front group in 2009 than it did on Ohio pet shelters, and in 2011, HSUS spent 90 times more on ballot initiative groups in Missouri than it spend on sheltering grants.
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.”
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