28
Jun
11

Of saving cats and dogs


Bail me out, please!

Do you want to help the poor cats and dogs in your community?  Well many of you out there love cats and dogs, and want to see them locked up in kennels, starved to death or worst butchered and bagged up for the trash man.  Yes, you care, and so do millions of other decent human beings.  So what can you do to help prevent cruelty to these precious animals.  How about giving to a charity?

Well just like the homeless that wander the streets looking for handouts, you can judge the character by what they are asking for.  If you offer food and substance to a homeless person, they usually walk away because they want cold hard cash for cash lets them buys drugs and alcohol.  That is my experience, and that experience tells me that not all charities are equal.

Name recognition and marketing are the skills of major charities, including those who say their business is to stop animals from being put to death.  Anyone who has visited the pound knows that they are hardly more than the stopping point for the animal’s demise.

The two largest animal related charities are the Humane Society and the ASPCA.  These organizations are National in size and raise virtually hundreds of millions of dollars from people with a caring heart.  But if you give money to them, what are you actually promoting? Do they actually rescue animals?  Do you know what their agenda is?  All they want from you is your money?  So what are they using it for?

No Shelter here at the Human Society

According to what I’ve been reading, the Humane society spends 5 million a year for the salaries of its staff and over 30 million a year on advertising and marketing.  Their director, Wayne Pacelle, makes only $250,000 a year which is very low pay  for such a large non-profit, but is more than most animal shelters have in a year for their total budget. But the Humane Society spends a mere $450,000 (or 1/2 of 1 percent) of their yearly budget helping support shelters that help save cats and dogs.  They actually run no animal shelters that keep these domestic pets alive. It’s your local shelter that is doing that.  When you give to a giant nonprofit, you are generally supporting a cause you know little about, and your hope of helping animals is a mirage.

One article (link below) here states as follows:

“There is an important distinction between HSUS’s claims and public perception. Although the Humane Society of the United States never explicitly claims to support local hands-on pet shelters, it does go out of its way to perpetuate the myth that its primary focus is helping homeless dogs and cats. The result? Robust national polling shows that 71 percent of Americans believe HSUS is an umbrella organization for the nation’s hands-on pet shelters.”

Pres. of ASPCA

The ASPCA president, Edwin Sayres, however, takes in around $500,000 in salary for his post.  His organization has a different focus that the Humane society, but what is it doing to support the local charities actually working with animals in the community?  They are spending around 28 million on what they call communications — meaning advertising.  They raked in $118 million for that.

In most states, pounds are operated locally by cities and counties (municipalities) animals that the pound pick up can be terminated within a week’s time.  That means something needs to be done now and money doesn’t get it done people do.  When animals have no tags and no microchips and our found by the city or county pound, they have been issued a death sentence.  God knows that with local government in a financial crisis since the housing bubble burst, that these cities and counties cannot afford to keep the animals long.

If you want to know the difference between charities that actually help animals and are not huge marketing campaigns that are lead by the affluent, then you need to see the facilities they work out of, and the kennels they keep.  Also of use is the Petfinder.com which lists information about individual shelters by state or by distance from your home.   Volunteering gives families an opportunity to make a difference even if they don’t have much money to donate.  Just consider who you give your money to, you never know if you handing the animal activist pan handler money for his Mercedes and his lobby in Washington, so ask some questions.  Why not donate something respectable.

 Here is a listing for a Rhode Island charity that saves cats.  These are the type of gifts that actually will make a difference.  You will see they want all the basic essential items needed to run their place.  The director at this site takes no pay and has basically only a small unpaid staff.  If you really want to judge the character of the charity, you will see that those asking for supplies are truly servicing the animals, the rest, well, you figure it out.

Use petfinder.com if you really want to find a shelter that saves animals and doesn’t earn millions marketing.  Just ask them for some information about their costs and the level of donations they receive.  You’ll soon see that not all charities actually are well funded, and they usually are the ones doing the dirty work.

If you know of a sound place to donate, please comment on this blog piece with the name and contact information of that organization.

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The truth about “animal-saving” charities:

http://activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/o/136-humane-society-of-the-united-states

http://humanewatch.org/index.php/site/post/la_times_editorial_says_hsus_doesnt_support_local_shelters1/

http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/animal-protection/american-society-for-the-prevention-of-cruelty-to-animals-in-new-york-ny-151

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3 Responses to “Of saving cats and dogs”


  1. June 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Phillip,

    Thank you for contacting Ace of Hearts. Our Founder Kari Whitman has found that unfortunately the ASPCA doesn’t provide much funding or help to small, grassroots animal shelters and rescues. She feels there is a lot of money spent on propaganda that would be better spent saving lives. She’s also found that the ASPCA has refused bully breeds, which are near and dear to her heart and a focus of the Ace of Hearts mission!

    To rescue, house and care for over one hundred dogs annually, Ace of Hearts relies on volunteers, small adoption fees, donations and grant funding from various foundations and private donors. We don’t receive support from the Humane Society or ASPCA.

    We have hundreds of full- and part-time volunteers, but our only paid employee is our Operations Manager. Some of our Fosters are volunteers and some receive a small daily stipend. Our funding and donation requests range from collars, leashes, beds, treats and food for our Fosters to care for our pups, to crates and signs for adoption events, to funds to help pay for vet and rehab fees, to Spay and Neuter Outreach and more.

    I hope this is helpful for your blog. Please let me know if you need any clarification.

    For the animals,
    Kai Collins

    Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue
    http://www.aceofheartsdogs.com

  2. 2 mouse click the next page
    January 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyway, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

    • February 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Many people are highly enraged at the false advertising of the established human society — while the work and effort is done by people who are but have no funding. Such is life — the world is a mess.


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