Saturday, November 28, 2009

Why you should give money to LOCAL shelters- NOT HSUS

Remember- HSUS dose NOT operate a SINGLE shelter. Your local shelter shoulders the burden of care and expenses for the consequences of the legislative actions the HSUS works to pass.

Also take a look at HSUS Federal 990 for 2008.

For those of you looking for a little extra reading to do over the weekend, HSUS' 2008 New York tax return is up on the website. This is a huge file, some 370 pages. It has multiple attachments.

Revenue was down in 2008 vs 2007 only because they lost money on their investments ($7M). They paid out less in grants (about $1.4M less), but increased compensation /benefits by $10M for a loss of almost $14M.


1.) Disclosure of agreements between HSUS and fund raising professionals (i.e., Share Group), fund raising counsel, and commercial co-ventures (i.e, PetPlan, MBNA America Bank, etc). Copies of the letters of agreement with the fund raising professionals/counsel/co-venturers are attached. The co-ventures agreements are at the end of the file.

2.) Copy of the public disclosure copy of the federal 990 for 2008. I'm not sure if this is a complete copy, but it looks like it might be.

A few of their grants:

Californians for Humane Farms (Prop 2 sponsor) $2,250,000 in cash, $44,480 noncash assistance. (Add to that $1,360,000 given per their 2007 tax return).

The Committee to Protect Dogs (MA Greyhound Protection Act) $200,000. (They also list a grant to them in 2007 for $200,000).

PETA $10,000 - I guess Ingrid was short on funds last year

WSPA $35,000

Tufts Univ School of Vet Medicine $22,625

Univ of Florida Foundation $25,000

Alliance Contraception in Dogs & Cats $50,000 (might want to keep tabs on these guys. They have a website).

3.) Copy of their consolidated financial statements


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