Letter to the Editor

Keep it local

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dear Editor,

April 30th is “National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day,” and with an estimated 6.5 million pets entering shelters every year, there’s no shortage of furry friends looking for a new home. One way everyone can help shelter animals—whether or not we’re able to adopt one—is by supporting local shelters with donations.

Unfortunately, like the animals they care for, shelters are often quite in need. Despite common misconceptions, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and ASPCA are not umbrella organizations for local humane societies or SPCAs; and they give very little of the hundreds of millions of dollars they collect to local shelters. Only 1% of the money given to the Humane Society of the United States trickles down to local pet shelters while the group spends millions on ads, which local groups can’t afford.

To get the most out of charity, make sure to donate to your local shelter. Money, time, or supplies can make all the difference to needy animals in your neighborhood.


Will Coggin,

research director for the Center for Consumer Freedom,

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