HSUS is not the ‘do good’ organization the public is led to believe, according to an analysis recently issued by the Center for the Environment and Welfare. In its report, Profit Over Pet Shelters: How ASPCA and HSUS Shortchange Local Pet Shelters, the Center for the Environment and Welfare details the large sums of donated money, that HSUS spends on salaries and other compensation and perks versus just how pathetically little they spend on pet welfare.
The report examined the HSUS budget, which totaled approximately $138 million. It was spent in four major areas, with an incredibly small portion spent on actual animal welfare activities. HSUS disclosed it spent $56 million on fundraising, $4.3 million on executive compensation, and $1.2 million on lobbying in 2021. Combined, these numbers are less than the amount HSUS “stashed” in offshore accounts, which totaled a whopping $67 million in 2021.
Oddly, with their total budget at $138 million, HSUS raked in $260 million in 2021 revenue. Yet, while brining in more than a quarter of a billion dollars, HSUS only sent $1.6 million to pet shelters. This equates to slightly more than one percent of their total budget, according to the Center for the Environment and Welfare report.
The report also pointed out that HSUS donated to pet shelters in only 18 states. In 32 states, and Washington D.C.,