Press Release

Consumer Group Advises Holiday Donors to Avoid Big Charities, Give Local Instead

Radio Campaign Highlights Humane Society of the United States’ Deceptive Practices and Wasteful Spending

Washington, D.C.—Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) announced radio ads running in Dayton warning the public that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with local shelters and operates zero pet shelters. CCF advises animal lovers who want to help cats and dogs in need to give to their local pet shelter.

The ad features a woman sharing her anger after discovering that HSUS, whose fundraising focuses on cats and dogs, doesn’t run a single pet shelter. Even worse, she adds, HSUS gives only 1 percent of its enormous budget to local shelters, yet throws ritzy celebrity parties, pays its CEO nearly $500,000, and has socked away more than $150 million into offshore Caribbean accounts since 2012. After sharing her story, she decides: “I’m not giving any more of my money to the scam artists at the Humane Society of the United States. I’m giving to my local shelter, and you should too.”

(Find your local shelter here.)

The ad clarifies a common misconception: Despite its “humane society” name, HSUS isn’t affiliated with local or regional shelters. Since HSUS runs year-round fundraisers—using the web, TV, and radio—local shelters often find local donation sources dried up, leaving cats and dogs out in the cold.

The holidays are the most important for charitable giving, which is why CCF is reminding donors to give local. “The public should know that certain charities aren’t automatically on the nice list. Donors should look local where they can see the difference every dollar makes.”

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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