Humane Society of the United States: Not About Helping Shelter Pets

I recently read a post from someone who works for Humane Society of the United States. In it this person stated that HSUS is not now, nor ever was, about helping local animal shelters.

This person went on to say that the focus of the HSUS is to help animals by focusing on “The Big Picture” and using their money and power to changes laws effecting animals. But when asked why they didn’t spend ALL of the money they received by donations and fund raising to “help the animals” (instead of using it to pad retirement accounts and pay the HSUS leadership’s big salaries) the answers quit coming.

It is important to note that the HSUS spent $126 million last year. Yet less than 1 percent of its budget was grants to support pet sheltering.

While I agree that laws need to be changed to protect animals, the immediate problem is that we have more animals than we do homes for them. With proper funding, shelters and rescues could take more time to find owners for these homeless animals. More funding to local shelters and rescue groups could also be used to educate the public about pet ownership, training and spay and neuter programs. Education is also needed to teach people about building a proper bond with animals instead of participating in animal abuse.

Around 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters every year. HSUS only provides support for about 1 percent of them. Currently it is estimated that about 500 of these animals are put to death every hour of every day. And the reason they are killed is not because they are sick or unfit for adoption! The reason is that the shelters just don’t have enough money, room or resources to keep them.

So if you really want to help dogs and cats, give ONLY to your local shelters and rescue groups. This will assure that your donations will do the most possible good and help the most effected animals.

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week: Nov. 6–12, 2011

National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week is designed to bring awarness to the plight of homeless pets that are waiting for new homes in shelters and rescues across the country.

There are approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States that serve an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals each year. Still more find themselves in need of the services that are provided by local rescue groups.

These cats, dogs, and other companion animals end up in shelters and rescues through no fault of their own. And there are a number of reasons that these pets end up there. But if given a second chance, these wonderful animals will make fabulous family pets.

National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week is also a great way to thank the people who work tirelessly to find loving homes for these homeless animals.

Your local animal shelters and rescues desprately need your help. They are on the front line of the battle to save pets in need. In order to provide homeless pets with this much needed help they count on all of us to donate our money, resources and our time.

We’ve all seen the TV advertisments. But contrairy to popular belief, the Human Society of the United States doesn’t do much of anything to help homeless pets. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States has no connection of any kind to ANY local shelters in this country. The only thing they DO have in common is the two words “humane society” in their name!

They do however collect donations from people like you and me. They make us think that we are giving our hard-earned money to them so they can help local shelters. But that’s NOT the case. They’re real good at tugging on our heart strings in their advertising. So good at it it fact, that they collected $131 million in 2010. $131 million that could have, and should have gone directly to help the local shelters that really needed it. But tax records show that they actually offered up less than 1 percent of their donated budget to local pet shelters or humane societies to help them care for homeless animals.

So if you really want to help homeless and abused pets, you need to give your donations locally. The HSUS does not house or adopt out any pets. They are for the most part a political lobbing group.

Shelters and rescues are always in need of towels, toys, treats, cleaning supplies and food for the animals they care for. Every shelter and rescue group has a “wish list” on their website. Please take a look at the list and give what you can. And ask your family, friends and colleagues to do whatever they can as well. Every little bit helps.

Tough times effect us all, so If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation you can still help. You can help by taking a few moments to send an email, make a call, or stop by your local shelter or rescue to thank the people who work tirelessly to care for the homeless animals in your community.

If you are considering a new family pet, be sure to adopt it from them. If you have an adopted pet, send the organization an updated picture to let them know how well your pet is doing! Just a minute of your time can make a huge difference.

If you’re not in the market for a new pet, you can still make life better for homeless pets in your area by volunteering at your local shelter or rescue organization. They can always use an extra hand.

Another great way to help is to be sure that your pets have an identification tag or a microchip. This can not only insure that your pet will be returned to you if it gets lost, it will also save the shelter or rescue presious resources that could be better used on a real homeless pet.

Lastly, have your pets spayed or neutered. Unwanted pets make up the bulk of the shelter’s inmates.

Help us celibrate National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week this year. Do whatever you can to help homeless pets in your area.

Man: A Dog’s Worst Enemy

There is an old saying: A dog is a man’s best friends. But it can also be said: Man is a Dog’s worse enemy. When are we humans going to learn? (Present company excluded of course).

I have just spent the last hour or so reading through my Facebook Page. As a result,  I am depressed, upset and frustrated. PLEASE, don’t leave … Hear me out!

I read no less than twenty-five posted about dogs that are in high kill shelters across the Midwest. They are there only because a human has given up on them. Most of them are now in their last hours of life! Unless a miracle happens or unless someone happens to find it in their heart to help, that is. (depression)

There were also a few of those “This dog was rescued from an abusive owner” or “this dog was removed from a back yard were it was chained up with no food or shelter” kind of posts. (upset)

By the time I got through everything, two things were going through my mind! Is treating an animal with a little dignity really that tough?  Are we SO consumed with ourselves that we can’t see what we’re doing is wrong? (frustrated)

Animal abuse and neglect is a big problem. I feel that the only way it will ever stop is to educate people.That’s what groups like the Iowa Dog Trust is all about.

It cannot be denied that dogs are the most loyal living beings on earth. They stand proudly beside their humans not matter what. They are always on the lookout to protect them from any dangers that may just happen to come along. Deep down, all a dog wants to do is please it’s human. And they will protect and defend that human to the death if necessary.

So I ask you. What is wrong with these people? All that a dog asks in return is that they be given some food, water, a warm place to live and a little attention once in a while. Is that SO Hard? What ever happened to the “Golden Rule”?

But just when I thought there was no hope left … up popped a few new posts. One talked about the fact that a number of dogs had been placed in new homes today. Another post said that donations were coming in at a record pace and that the money raised would be able to help a local shelter get blankets and some other greatly needed supplies to help a lot of homeless pets over the next few months.

Cool … my faith in humanity has once again been restored. Now I’m back to the point of being optimistic! This news has given me the will and the strength to move forward.

So let me ask you a question: Is it just me? Or do you all go through this same thing?

Lastly, If you can … Please help homeless pets! And if you want to help, help by donating your time and / or your money to your LOCAL shelter or rescue. When you donate locally, you CAN really make a big difference!

Adopt a Shelter Pet, You’ll Be Glad You Did!

If you are thinking about getting a family pet, start by looking at your local shelter or rescue organization. There are millions of great companion animals in shelters all across America, and they are just sitting there waiting for a great home like yours.

Shelter and Rescue pets are not troubled, rejects, damaged goods or second-class pets. They are just pets that have been turned in for various reasons. These pets have all kinds of different stories. Many were forfeited or given up for adoption because the owners didn’t realize the amount of work it was going to take to care for them until it was to late. Others were given up due to the illness of the owner, or because the owner lost a job or lost their place to live. My last rescue was because the owner lost his job. The one before that was a stray that someone dumped in the country. Both were great dogs, as you have read here.

Are you looking for a purebred? You can find many pure breeds in the shelters and rescues. All you have to do is ask!

So whether you want a puppy or an adult dog, a purebred or a great mixed breed dog, a rabbit or hamster or even a bird, your shelter has the best selection of animals anywhere. And rest easy; they have all been screened for good health and behavior.

Don’t fall into the trap like many people have. Stay away from pet stores and websites that offer dogs, cats and other pets. A lot of these animals come from puppy and pet mill facilities were the pet’s health and well being is the last thing on their minds.

There is an old adage: “Don’t Shop … Adopt! And when you adopt, you’ll be very glad you did because you will not only be getting a great pet, you will also be saving a life. The sad truth is, for every puppy or kitten born, one dies in a shelter because it doesn’t have a home.

When you’re looking to add a pet to your life, adopting a homeless animal from your local shelter or rescue makes sense. At the shelter or rescue a pet placement expert will help you get the perfect pet for you and your families lifestyle. They have compiled all the information you’ll need to take care of and train your new pet too.

To find your local shelters and rescue groups and to see all of the pets available for adoption in your area, visit the The Shelter Pet Project and