FW: Be Compassionate, But Give Your Money Judiciously!!
Please Forward the following Pet Charity Scam Warning to ALL Your Friends & Relatives, and Urge them to Forward it on to Their Friends and Relatives!
We Must Not Continue to Allow Sham Pet Charities such as the Humane Society of the U.S. & PETA continue to swindle compassionate Americans’ donations away from legitimate Pet Relief Work. Many small, Truly humane societies/rescuers that actually work hard to save and care for pet victims continue to struggle with meager funds while HSUS & PETA scams donations meant for real relief work using humane rhetoric, big budget ads and free media coverage. For the sake of pet victims, We MUST expose HSUS and PETA for what they really are!
We’re forwarding a warning put out by Walt Hutchens to remind ALLto be careful about the “charities” they donate to for disaster relief for pets. The biggest scams are run by HSUS and PETA, which have ready-made fund-raising campaigns for every disaster. The problem is, the money they raise are generally NOT used to help pets, but quite the contrary. So be compassionate, but be careful to make sure your money goes to relief efforts that actually help pet victims! When in doubt, check their financial statements to see how much of their annual budget is spent on salaries/benefits, on fund-raising, on “consulting” (political) activities, and anything other than direct aid in pet relief & care efforts.
We will attest to Walt Hutchens’ comment re AKC’s purebred dogs) of the floods in the mid-west was most impressive and heartwarming!. Their truly compassionate efforts in sending and coordinating timely relief in helping pet victims (not just
Ken & Patti Burton – Kifka Borzoi
From Walt Hutchens:
WARNING:for pets — DO NOT GIVE TO HSUS
With hurricane season upon us and Gustav just about on top of New Orleans, it is critical to get the word out.
Three years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the (HSUS) mounted a gigantic fundraising campaign. They raised $32 million and have still not accounted for most of that money.
Serious dog folks believe that most of the money collected by HSUS with the claim that it would be used for disaster relief came right back at us helping to promote laws that are bad for pets and bad for people.
Even their on-site work isn’t well thought of. Many, pet rescuers who went to the Gulf Coast to help Katrina animals found themselves hindered by HSUS. Record keeping was so slapdash that many pets that were saved, couldn’t be found by their owners. Many believe that the pets in the area would have been better off if HSUS had stayed at home.
In any case HSUS *already takes in millions* that they do not use in helping animals. They do not run shelters (though a couple of companies they own do have sanctuaries), and in fact they compete with shelters for donation dollars.
The AKC has a disaster relief fund now, which is used to support search and rescue dogs and all pets during a disaster. That’s where I’ve just sent our contribution. I am not always a fan of AKC, but they ARE honest about the handling of their money, and when they offer help, it is real HELP — not a clumsy self-promotional effort: https://www.akc.org/donations/index.cfm
In normal times, give to your local animal shelters. They will nearly always use the money for actual animal care. Please investigate any charity you send money to after a disaster, Wait a few days and find an organization based in the area that needs help.
For further information on HSUS’s “disaster relief” (attached):
Or just Google “HSUS misuse funds Katrina”
Please forward this to all your email groups and share with as many people as you can reach…not just your dog friends, but anyone who might care about pets enough to want to help by making a donation during a disaster.
Let’s not let a tragedy become an HSUS fundraiser AGAIN!
PLEASE FORWARD! PLEASE FORWARD!