ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States are Stashing Millions in the Caribbean Instead of Helping Pets

The Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA raise hundreds of millions of dollars from animal lovers every year who think their donations will help find homes for pets.

But did you know?

  • 81% of Americans mistakenly think “The ASPCA is an umbrella group that represents thousands of local SPCAs across America” and 80% mistakenly think “The Humane Society of the United States is an umbrella group that represents thousands of local humane societies across America”.
  • The Humane Society of the United States is unaffiliated with local humane societies.
  • The ASPCA is unaffiliated with local SPCAs.
  • HSUS does not run a single pet shelter.
  • Both groups give only 1-2 percent of the money they raise to local shelters.
  • ASPCA CEO Matt Bershadker makes nearly $1 million per year.
  • HSUS CEO Kitty Block makes nearly $500,000 per year.
  • These groups keep $70 million offshore, according to their tax returns.
  • CharityWatch gives a “D” grade to HSUS and a “C-minus” grade to the ASPCA.

Hoarding Money While Pets Die

The ASPCA itself estimates that “Each year, approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized (390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats).”

Yet while nearly 1 million pets are killed in shelters–often for lack of resources–the ASPCA and HSUS hoard hundreds of millions of dollars.

Here’s proof from the Humane Society of the United States’ tax return showing nearly $60 million in the Caribbean, and an additional $8 million offshore in Europe:

And here is the ASPCA’s tax return showing $11 million in the Caribbean:

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What Do Local Shelters Say?

“CBS News spoke to more than two dozen local SPCA's across the country. A few had received grants worth a few thousand dollars from the ASPCA, which they had applied for. Most, like in Nassau County and Houston, had gotten nothing.”

“It is frustrating on this side of the table to realize that a bulk of our time and our staff time is spent trying to explain the difference between national and local.”
      -Houston SPCA

"The major problems that most SPCAs have is that the ASPCA does not fund these agencies. We receive no money from them at all."
      -Nassau County SPCA

“Without question, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American SPCA (ASPCA) have highly polished, heart-wrenching television commercials. Many viewers here in our county assume that donations to these organizations trickle down PHS/SPCA. Yet, the two organizations, combined, gave $0 to PHS/SPCA for this community’s animals.”
      -Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

“For many years when Klamath Humane Society has asked for donations, people tell us they have already donated to HSUS (Humane Society of the United States). Due to the misleading advertisements HSUS does, people think we get money from HSUS. This is completely false. Klamath Humane Society has never received one penny from HSUS or any other national animal organization.”

“We are totally dependent on adoption and service fees, fundraising activities, donations from the community and grants for all of our operating expenses. The [Humane Society of El Paso] is NOT affiliated with any national organization such as the Humane Society of the United States.”