Today marks the launch of a new organization dedicated to promoting donations for local animal shelters – the Humane Society for Shelter Pets. Three full-page ads appear in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
I don’t really want to get into a contest between organizations, but in the spirit of being impartial on these matters, I will include this quote in the press release from Diana Culp, HSSP co-director and former Director of Education for HSUS –
“The Humane Society of the United States continues to fundraise on the perception that they give millions of dollars every year to local pet shelters with misleading advertising campaigns. Unfortunately for the dogs and cats in our local pet shelters, that is not the case.”
The HSSP is reporting on a poll suggesting “71 percent of Americans believe HSUS is an umbrella group that represents thousands of local humane societies.”
And this from the release – “” In addition to HSSP’s public outreach campaign, the organization has a database on its website enabling visitors to quickly and easily obtain all the information they need to donate to local shelters. HSSP will also work to create a network of veterinarians and sheltering professionals, giving them the tools to promote the “give local” message to their clients. “”
For more information, go to HumaneForPets.com.
I think both organizations have wonderful goals. The HSUS is a national organization that has done really great work, for example in rescuing puppy mill dogs and promoting legislation to fight cruelty to animals. At the same time, we cannot forget that the ground zero locations for battling some really horrible things going on are local shelters and rescue groups all across the country.
Without these local groups saving dogs, cats and other homeless pets, so many more would be dying every year, beyond the tragedies that take place every day. I hope the new HSSP can quickly become a strong national voice for these local shelters and organizations.