Saturday, February 9, 2008

Humane Society wants my money

I received an envelope from The Humane Society of the United States. They sent me some lovely gifts - 4 real cute animal note cards and envelopes, return address labels, some animal stickers, a membership card, a window sticker to show my membership and a four page letter. All they want in return is money for membership. The smallest amount is $5.00. I wonder just how much it cost to send all this? Of course it's for a good cause - the end animal abuse, but they play to your emotions. go to their website, and all you see is words and pictures of horrid animal abuse. I read enough about animal abuse with ferrets, and of course it make me real sad. I wonder just how much money goes for "administration".

According to this website :

Despite the words “humane society” on its letterhead, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with your local animal shelter. Despite the omnipresent dogs and cats in its fundraising materials, it’s not an organization that runs spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected, and abused pets. And despite the common image of animal protection agencies as cash-strapped organizations dedicated to animal welfare, HSUS has become the wealthiest animal rights

HSUS is big, rich, and powerful, a “humane society” in name only. And while most local animal shelters are under-funded and unsung, HSUS has accumulated $113 million in assets and built a recognizable brand by capitalizing on the confusion its very name provokes. This misdirection results in an irony of which most animal lovers are unaware: HSUS raises enough money to finance animal shelters in every single state, with money to spare, yet it doesn’t operate a single one anywhere.

And what makes me really angry - Ferrets being the third most popular pet in the US, here's the
HSUS Statement on Ferrets as Pets . Only 3 articles on ferret pet care are on their website.

1 comment:

Bill said...

I do not donate money to those companies any more. I was interested in their "Free" stuff at one time. Mainly return address labels
There are always other ways to help locally without the hassle of any kind of junk mail. It is hard because you want to help but you don’t really know where your money is going.