According to its own 2011 tax return, The Humane Society of the United States received donations of $122 million for the year and used $38 million or 31% on salaries, compensation, and employee benefits with 19 individuals listed as receiving compensation between $100,000 and $300,000.
Additionally, $50 million or 41% of donations received were spent on marketing and advertising, fundraising, and educational materials while only $6.7 million was actually reported as being given or granted to animal organizations.
However, a further look by Humanewatch.org into these organizational grants made by HSUS found that little more than $300,000 of the $6.7 million found its way to “hands on pet shelters” where the organization was involved with the “daily care, adoption, and/or rehabilitation of dogs, cats, rabbits and horses.”
The $300,000 granted by HSUS during 2011 represented less than ½ of 1 percent (.5%) of the $122 million in donations received by HSUS during the year.
Here’s the simplified version:
Donate $100 of your hard-earned money to HSUS to help animals.
$31 goes to salaries and benefits.
$41 goes to marketing, advertising, fundraising. This includes “public policy advocacy” (i.e., lobbying).
$6.70 apparently goes to animal organizations. However, it seems that of that $6.70, only FIFTY CENTS actually makes it to hands-on animal helpers.
Out of your pocket: ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Into a real shelter or rescue group’s bank account: FIFTY CENTS.
I cannot comprehend the idea of a charitable organization being allowed to function this way and still maintain its charitable status. In fact, this should be a criminal offence.