| Wasteful Humane Society
of the United States Earns a Spot on Charity Watchdogs' "Naughty"
New Report Concludes 50 Cents of Every Dollar Donated to HSUS
is Swallowed Up by "Overhead" Expenses
Washington, DC Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer
Freedom (CCF) pointed to the 2010 "Watchdog Report"
from Animal People News, which determined the Humane Society
of the United States (HSUS) spends 50 cents of every donated
dollar on continued fundraising and additional overhead costs.
HSUS has a holiday fundraising goal of $1.2 million, of which
a staggering $600,000 will likely go to raise more money, pay
| fund HSUS's $11 million
pension plan. HSUS's skewed spending priorities leave countless
shelters without funds in today's tough economy.
Animal People News, the well-regarded newspaper of the animal
rights movement, studied HSUS's 2009 federal income tax return
and determined that 50% of HSUS costs were "overhead,"
not 29% as HSUS claims. CCF's own analysis of HSUS's recent
tax filings indicates that HSUS shares less than one percent
of the public's contributions with America's underfunded pet
"The holidays are all about giving but HSUS seems more interested
in taking, keeping, and wasting," said David Martosko, CCF's
Director of Research. "Homeless dogs and cats deserve better.
American's should support their local hu
| mane societies which are
far more efficient with each precious dollar."
In addition to the Animal People News report, HSUS received a
"D" rating in the American Institute of Philanthropy's
most recent quarterly "CharityWatch" guide. And Charity
Navigator now gives HSUS one star (out of four) for organizational
These near-failing grades are a consequence of HSUS's factory-fundraising
practices and incompetent nonprofit management. The Los Angeles
Times reports that of the $8.6 million HSUS raised through California
telemarketing campaigns between 1997 and 2006, only $976,000
made it to HSUS. And HSUS's most recent tax return shows that
the group spent an exorbitant $3,999 for each animal its "rescue
Martosko added, "Animal lovers need to know the difference
between HSUS and real humane societies. The only way to be sure
your donations will help homeless dogs and cats is to give to
organizations in your own community."
For more information or to arrange an interview, please visit
www.HumaneWatch.org or call Allison Miller at 202.463.7112