Based on a nationally-representative poll of local animal shelters, humane societies, and rescues, it is clear that the shelter community is frustrated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Specifically:

  • Nearly 80 percent of animal shelters are “frustrated that the Humane Society of the United States shares so little with local animal shelters.”
  • Seventy-one percent of shelters believe “HSUS misleads people into thinking it is associated with local animal shelters.”
  • More than 80 percent of shelters think HSUS makes it harder for local shelters to raise money.
  • And 93 percent of shelters say there is a lot of confusion regarding HSUS’s support of local shelters. Similarly, 93 percent of shelters believe “HSUS should be more explicit in its fundraising materials that it isn’t affiliated with local humane societies or pet shelters.”
  • On average, shelters believe that HSUS should give 36 percent of its budget to local groups. In reality, it gives less than one percent of its budget to local pet shelters.
Survey Methodology: The survey was conducted on November 8-9, 2011. It included 400 animal shelters, humane societies, rescues, or other organizations dedicated to finding adoptive homes for pets (margin of error +/-4.8%).