Over the last couple of years I have learned much more about what The Humane Society of the US does and am more impressed and more grateful than ever! The reach of their work is astounding! I appreciate they way they care for and seek justice for all animal species, including pets, wildlife and farm animals. They have people "on the ground" rescuing animals, meeting with corporations to promote more humane treatment of farm animals, as well as working to change laws to protect animals in all different kinds of situations. I appreciate HSUS so much and am proud to volunteer my help in any way I can!
Sadly, the national organization seems to exist just to benefit the people who run it. they do almost nothing for local animal shelters. Please support your local animal shelter, not these bureaucrats.
The Humane Society of the United States does so much for animals, it is quite mind-boggling! For almost any animal issue you can think of, HSUS has some program working towards their protection and care. From breaking up dog fights to shutting down puppy mills to exposing the horrors of factory farms to preventing animal cruelty through legislation, they work tirelessly to care for the creatures that do not have a voice. One of the best things about HSUS is that they are not extreme or radical - they are not trying to make the entire world vegan nor are they trying to get all hunting banned. They simply want all animals to be treated with a modicum of humanity and respect during their time on this planet. They provide hands-on care to hundreds of thousands of animals through their animal care centers across the nation, they provide vaccinations and spay/neutering for free to low-income pet owners, they rescue pets after natural disasters and they provide training and education to shelters, law enforcement and other animal handlers all over the country. The HSUS has had an impact on more animals than any other organization in the world and without them, millions of animals would no longer be on this earth. I am so grateful that these caring and compassionate people dedicate their lives to ensuring the protection, respect and care of the animals in this world. We need more people to donate their time and money to this incredible organization so that they can continue to make historical progress for animals. Thank you HSUS for all that you do - you are true heroes!
How does a 3 out of 5 star charity get "Top Rated" status for 2015? By posting a flood of scripted 5 star reviews during the designated time period. Here's the truth:
Any charity that sends over $55 million in just one year to Caribbean hedge funds - more than 35 percent of HSUS's budget for 2014 - is a scam. Any prospective donor needs only to read their latest tax return, page 38) for that shocking fact. And that makes over $107 million in tax free dollars sitting in the Cayman Island, all funneled there between 2012 and 2014.
Anyone thinking of working at HSUS, don't believe the HSUS scripted 5 star reviews below. Read the terrible comments from people who actually worked there - and some who are still stuck working there - on Glassdoor. HSUS is definitely not "top-rated" at that reality-based website.
THIS ORGANIZATION IS A FRAUD !!! READ THE STORY BELOW FOR THE FACTS ....
Earlier in July, word got out that America’s non-profit media darling, the Humane Society of the United States, ran into a bit of bad luck. And when we say bad luck, we mean they finally got what was coming to them. Their fingerprints were all over the movie Blackfish and they’re currently leading the smear campaign against aquariums to raise money for their own selfish interests.
When you think of the HSUS you automatically think of the saintly organization that operates shelters nationwide and saves hundreds of thousands of animals, the organization that stands up for the adorable and abused animals in TV commercials, and above all you probably believe this is the organization that big-hearted animal lovers should donate to. Right?
Wrong. All those associations are complete crap.
The HSUS has historically bragged about their 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, one of the most trust-worthy charity evaluators in the game. Recently, they were downgraded to a 3-star rating and now their rating has been completely revoked, a “Donor Advisory” warning taking its place.
The deceiving game of bait-and-switch has been played for years, with the HSUS inviting misplaced associations between themselves and local animal shelters (sometimes called Humane Societies). To put this in perspective, let’s break down what this despicable organization did to motivate you to reach for your wallet and fork over millions of dollars to a corrupt “charity”.
A film crew would go to a local humane society pet shelter and film some of the cute, cuddly, abused animals that volunteers dedicate their lives to rescuing. Those commercials would air on national television, pulling on America’s heartstrings and leading unsuspecting viewers to believe that the HSUS had a hand in rescuing that animal or providing care after the rescue.
Want the truth? The HSUS didn’t have anything to do with rescuing that animal. They didn’t provide medical assistance or care for that animal and that poor animal won’t see a penny of your donation. They scandalously only give 1% of their budget to local pet shelters and the HSUS doesn’t even operate one pet shelter of its own. Yes, you read that correctly. Even though 85% of their fundraising propaganda features shelter animals, they do not operate a single local pet shelter.
Check out this national commercial featuring Wendie Malick. But while you’re watching, keep in mind what we just told you. Feeling deceived yet?
Now you might be wondering, “Where exactly do those donations go?” Here’s a hint.
In June, the Charity Navigator donor advisory warning went public.
HumaneWatch.org : “The advisory notifies website visitors of the $15.75 million settlement of a racketeering and bribery lawsuit that HSUS was a part of last month.”
Also according to HumaneWatch.org, you can read more about that settlement here, but the lawsuit involved HSUS money allegedly paying a witness who lied to a federal court. Yikes.
Aside from the lawsuit, it has come to light that the HSUS diligently moved money to several funds in the Cayman Islands, calling them “investments”. We’re pretty sure that moving $26 million to offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands is called stashing money. And it’s shady as hell.
The HSUS has essentially operated under the same donation-guise as PETA, where a large portion of their funding comes from people who are clueless about their real agenda. The time has come for American citizens to open their eyes and stop allowing the HSUS to misuse their hard-earned money.
In fact, PETA and the HSUS are driving the anti-captivity movement not for the welfare of animals, but to make money for themselves. They use and deceive people to promote corrupt agendas and the Cayman Island accounts confirm just how rotten this organization has become.
So if you care about puppies and kittens, as opposed to lobbyists and corrupt organizations, send your donations to local pet shelters instead of the HSUS. The animals will thank you for it.
Review from Guidestar
I have seen first-hand the incredible impact The HSUS has had for animals all over the country (and the world through Humane Society International). They are an inclusive organization who works with people from all walks of life who care about animal protection issues - everything from spay and neuter issues, ending the use of gas chambers, banning bullhooks, protecting elephants and rhinos suffering from the ivory trade, working to ban the most egregious practices in the factory farming industry, increasing animal fighting penalties, protecting our country's horses, etc. (I could go on - the list of all of the issues they work on is extremely extensive). My family, friends and I love their good work and support their efforts. Thank you, HSUS!
I have stopped donating to this organization. They have paid $15 million of donated funds in a scandal associated with the Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering (RICO) suit. Wayne Pacelle, CEO, Mike Markarian, VP, John Lovvorn, VP have all been accused of illicit witness payments. The Charity Navigator has suspended it's rating of HSUS and recommends donors re-evaluate their donations.
If you want to know the truth about HSUS, just download their annual tax returns on Guidestar, then do the math yourself like I did. You don't have to be an accountant to figure out that LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the money this organization receives each year goes to help shelter animals. You will see that the rest of the money is going in the pockets of executives, lobbyists, attorneys and employee pension funds, and of course to make those heartbreaking commercials showing the sad eyed puppies and kittens in shelters, with their paws reaching through their cages and making you believe that if you send money to HSUS, you will help save those little lives. If you review their tax returns, you will see that they do not have a shelter and they are not out saving shelter animals as they would like you to believe from their commercials. Read their Tax Returns and do the math ~ it is all there. Giving the impression that they save shelter pets is just a marketing angle devised to play on your emotions, break your heart, and make you reach for your check book. If you want to help shelter animals, donate to your local shelter or rescue group ~ they always need pet food, cat litter and help paying veterinary expenses. Sign up to be a volunteer, foster, or adopt a shelter pet and save a life.
The Humane Society of the United States does incredible work for all animals - from dogs to seals, elephants to pigs, and all living beings in between! I've been encouraging all of my friends and family to donate.
Statistics show that the HSUS only gives 1% of the publics donations to local pet shelters. They do some good, but donating directly to a shelter is more worth your time and money. Large groups like the HSUS do help, though smaller shelters and rescue groups are more efficient and thankful (knowing from personal experience). Donate to local groups instead!
Of all the organizations to protect animals, I see HSUS as the one with the most impact. They have a lot of support and they have a very practical approach. They're really getting it done, using moderate avenues. This is the one I choose to support with my time and money.