DUPED- Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked, BEWARE

DUPED! Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked, BEWARE

Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked

Donor Beware!

It appears that we’ve been duped!  Humane Society has gone from a 4-star rating to a “Humane Society DUPED- Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked, BEWAREcharity rating revoked” status.  How did this happen?

The Humane Society, historically holding a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, was recently downgraded to 3-stars.  And then … its rating was totally revoked.  Now, instead, there is a donor advisory warning that urges donors to think twice before donating to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked

Why?  Basically, it’s because of its high operational costs and inefficient fundraising. The HumaneWatch.org, the Humane Society watchdog, reported:

“The Humane Society of the United States scandalously only gives 1% of its budget to local pet shelters, and doesn’t actually run any rescue pet shelters of its own.”

But that’s not all.  HSUS admitted that it made “investments” totaling $25.7 million in the “Central American and the Caribbean” region  according to the 2012 IRS Form 990 for the Humane Society

Charity Navigator initially downgraded the Humane Society’s score to a C-, and eventually revoked any recommendation or rating for charitable contributions.

The 2012 tax return shows that the Humane Society raised $125.7 million.  Total staff salaries and benefits paid for 2012 were more than $44.5 million — nearly 30 percent of the total revenue.  Click here for a further breakdown of expenses.

Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked

Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked

In June, Charity Navigator completely removed its letter grade rating of the Humane Society U.S. and replaced it with a “donor advisory.”  The HSUS is also looking at a $15.75 million settlement of a racketeering and bribery lawsuit.

HSUS moved money to several funds in the Cayman Islands include the following “investments:”

  • $500,000 to Ascend Partners Fund I, L.P., a Cayman hedge fund
  • $253,000 to BKM Holdings (Cayman) Ltd.
  • $8 million to Fore Multi Strategy Offshore Fund, Ltd., in the Caymans
  • $5 million to Hayman Capital Offshore Partners, L.P. in Bermuda
  • $6.7 million invested in Fir Tree International Value Fund in the Caymans

Given that U.S. Charities are supposed to provide charitable services, while for-profit businesses invest money in hedge funds to make a profit, it is quite dubious that a non-profit charity from the United States would put $26 million in offshore funds in the Cayman Islands other than to stash money.

Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked

The Humane Society does not run any pet shelters, although that is what they would have you believe through their TV commercials, etc.  The Humane Society only gives 1 percent (1%!) of the money it raises to pet shelters, and instead spends millions on anti-farming and anti-hunting political campaigns.

In fact, according to HumaneWatch.org:

HSUS regularly contributes more to its own pension plan than it does to pet shelters. An analysis of HSUS’s tax returns determined that HSUS funneled $16.3 million to its executive pension plan between 1998 and 2009—over $1 million more than HSUS gave to pet shelters during that period.

The Humane Society of the United States is currently being sued under federal racketeering law.



Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked


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27 thoughts on “DUPED! Humane Society Charity Rating Revoked, BEWARE

  1. Anyone who believes anything published by HumaneWatch is being duped. HumaneWatch is funded by a lobbyist for agriculture interests, particularly meat producers and slaughterhouses. It’s sole purpose is to fight animal welfare groups. Do your own research, folks!!! Don’t be sheeple!

  2. This is criminal..not just absurd. I am Canadian and it would appear that we have a much stiffer regulatory system in place. The upper echelon of the U.S. should be brought to trial…..there are too many hurt and homeless animals in the world.

  3. Wow! That is terrible. I’ll be sharing this with all my animal lover friends who donate if they can’t adopt. Thank you for the info.

  4. I feel sick about this,how can anyone take advantage
    of people that are thinking they are helping a helpless
    animal.I will be posting this for sure.

  5. WOW! Thank you for this post, I’m actually shocked, even though I guess I shouldn’t be. I will make sure to tell people I know. I will share this article also. I can’t believe a charity for our poor defenseless animals would take such advantage of compassionate people who donate.

  6. I used to volunteer at the local Humane Society, I wonder if it has been affected by this. Thank you for sharing this post.

  7. This is just so sad to hear. I love donating to animal causes because I think that people tend to forget about animals when donating to a charity. I guess that I will be donating locally from now on instead of going through an organization like this. Shame on them!

  8. I was astounded to see this information. I am so glad that I read this article. It is shameful how deceptive their fundraising campaigns are. As always, a great read!

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