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HSUS Spends 1% Of $120M Budget On Local Shelters



HSUS spends millions on lobbying and campaigning, while local shelters struggle to stay open. 

In case you weren’t already aware that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spends less than 1% of its annual budget to fund local shelters, a new press release really puts things into perspective on the nation’s wealthiest animal rights group.

According to, “In 2012, HSUS spent a total of $120 million, but less than 1% of that went to supporting local sheltering organizations nationwide.”

For example, Minnesota shelters received two grants from HSUS worth a total of $1,000 in 2012.


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With $200 million in the bank, why doesn’t HSUS spend more money on shelters that are struggling to keep their doors open? The answer is simple. HSUS prefers to spend millions campaigning for more money and lobbying for increased regulation on farmers and ranchers. Helping animals in need doesn’t line wallets, but sensational lobbying and campaigning certainly does.

The full report from, “Not Your Local Humane Society,” can be read here.

The report was released just a few months after a survey of 1,050 self-identified HSUS donors was unveiled. It revealed that 87% of the donors were unaware that HSUS gives such a small portion of its annual budget to local shelters.

According to, “When informed of this sad reality, a full 83% of HSUS’s own donors agreed the group ‘misleads people into thinking that it supports local humane societies and pet shelters,’ and 59% were less likely to support the group going forward.”

Looking at 2012, HSUS spent $50 million on fundraising, campaigning, maintaining a huge staff of lawyers and lobbyists, and rewarding the top tier of employees with bloated salaries and benefits, including $3 million in pension contributions, says

When put in black and white like this, it’s quite evident that more work needs to be done to educate the masses who might be giving their money with good intentions, but who would also be upset to hear how HSUS actually spends their money.

What do you think about HSUS’ deception to its patrons? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Discuss this Blog Entry 10

Bob Walber (not verified)
on Dec 16, 2013

They should loose their nonprofit status. If our guys in Washington would put there foot down about these so called non profits it would help. We are going to become a nation that can't feed itself in another generation and all these people that collect mailbox money will be screaming bloody muder about the price of food.

elizabeth dana (not verified)
on Dec 16, 2013

How much money is SPENT lobbying in Congress for call girls and drugs convincing the American Public and politicians that our food sources from overseas is SAFE to eat when in fact our food supply runs ravage with RECALLS and DEATHS - our DOmestic Lettuce is poison with deadly Listeria - FOCUS ON THE FOOD SUPPLY and Leave the puppy pet people alone! PROTECT USDA AMERICAN BEEF BY BANNING HORSE SLAUGHTER!!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 16, 2013

Is HSUS against farmers and ranchers, or just CAFO's? There is a big difference, at least to me.

Jacquie (not verified)
on Dec 17, 2013

They are against All animal use, just like Peta, in fact HSUS's president worked for Peta, and I think still does in some capacity.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 17, 2013

This is simply not true Jacquie. HSUS does a lot of advocacy, of course, but you might be surprised to know the org isn't always popular with animal advocates either, precisely because HSUS partners with what they construe to be "humane" meat producers. Many animal advocates believe "humane meat" to be an oxymoron, given the parameters of slaughter, and so forth.

With respect to Humane Watch, as I'm sure you all know, it is an industry-funded group started by Rick Berman to protect the very interests represented here: animal industries. Keep that in mind when you take their writings as "fact." It's disingenuous for Humane Watch not to reveal its true agenda as well.

The Humane Society doesn't present itself as a shelter organization so the fact that Humane Watch keeps hammering home that they are not, is a moot argument. In fact, the Humane Society's own mission statement says the following: "The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. We help animals by advocating for better laws to protect animals; conducting campaigns to reform industries." They make no bones about legal advocacy and those of us who've worked in animal shelters as volunteers have never had any delusions that the Humane Society was an animal shelter. Hardly. That's a red-herring tossed out to create a false argument.

Ed Fowler (not verified)
on Dec 16, 2013

Way to go!

These facts should be permanently in every publication related to animals.

kt in montana (not verified)
on Dec 16, 2013

National HSUS hurts giving to local shelters in two ways...1. the people that don't realize how little is given to shelters give to the National HSUS thinking they are helping local shelters when that money would be better utilized by giving to a local shelter directly. 2. the people that see HSUS's widespread agenda as extreme and political don't always realize that a local Humane Society is not affiliated with the National group and so they also don't give to their local shelter because of that perceived affiliation and thinking that their contributions would be helping an agenda they don't agree with. Either way, local shelters end up without contributions they may have received otherwise because of the National HSUS slick campaigning.

John C. (not verified)
on Dec 16, 2013

Your article shows how very little you actually know about what the HSUS actually does: to alleviate and strive to end the suffering, mistreatment, and abuse of all animals. All. Of. Them. Including the animals that once were before they were inhumanely turned into BEEF.

Terry Church (not verified)
on Dec 16, 2013

HSUS and others like them need to lose their non profit status
and should have to refund money they have duped people out of. Hopefully the public will someday be may aware of the true agenda of the HSUS.

Terry Ward (not verified)
on Dec 16, 2013

omg you are still at this.
No one is listening.

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