Personally, in the course of the past 35 years, I have adopted or rescued 10 cats and 2 dogs and given gifts to local humane shelters.
I recently received a fundraising solicitation from the Humane Society of the United States that I feel needs to be addressed, so that Nebraskans do not fall for HSUS' propaganda and donate to them, thanking they are giving to local pet shelters.
I am concerned that well-meaning animal lovers like myself are being led to believe that HSUS is a national humane society that "protects billions of vulnerable animals" and gives substantial money to our local shelters.
They are not, and do not.
As shown on their IRS form 990, with 2011 the most recent, less than 1% of more than $130 million raised annually goes to help cats and dogs. The great majority of the funds go towards fundraising, overhead, pension and hedge funds, salaries, ballot initiatives and nuisance legislation. I am outraged that so little of the donations they receive actually are used to help protect and save animals.
Bottom line, they are very good at deceiving people and raising money, but not good at doing what is best for animals or spending the money they raise to help care for them.
If you want to help animals, please donate locally. You know exactly where your money is going and you will not be part of this factory fundraiser's web of misinformation.
By Jolanda Kuzma, Lincoln