HSUS is Not Your Local Humane Society


We have all seen the TV commercials showing abandoned and abused cats and dogs in need of a forever home. The group promises to save the animals for just less than $1 a day. With 70 million households in America with pets, who could possibly say no?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of this money is not going to provide shelter for those cats and dogs. More often, the money is used to pay for massive overhead costs.

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There is widespread confusion among the general public about local humane societies and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). According to public polling, 7 out of 10 (70 percent) Americans wrongly believe that the Humane Society of the United States is a pet-shelter “umbrella group”. Did you know that less than one percent of donations to HSUS actually benefit local pet shelters? Even the Wayne Pachelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, has admitted that “…there is some confusion among the general public and I think there’s occasional confusion with, with donors.”

The facts about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS):

  • HSUS is not affiliated with local humane societies
  • HSUS does not operate a single pet shelter
  • HSUS donates less than 1% of its budget to local pet shelters

If you’re looking to provide the best help for pets in need, BarkThink encourages you to remember “give local” and donate directly to your local shelters.


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