Over 1 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters every year. Many of these animals could have found a home, but for the lack of resources many shelters face.
Why are shelters struggling? Because humane confusion is widespread in America.
Despite the words “humane society” in its name, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not formally affiliated with any humane societies that operate at a city, county or regional level. HSUS does not run a single pet shelter and only one percent of its budget consists of grants to pet shelters. The organization spends millions, however, on salaries for its executives.
Similarly, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is not affiliated with or an umbrella group for local SPCAs. The ASPCA’s CEO makes about $800,000 a year.
Most Americans aren’t aware of these facts. Americans often think donations to national groups will trickle down to their communities. Instead, this money is often wasted.
We are announcing the Debra Joseph Diamond Grant Program to support the work of local animal shelters in the United States. Beginning with an initial $100,000, the program will provide multiyear support to help animals in shelters.