When natural disasters strike, donate to local non-governmental relief agencies and rescues, DO NOT donate to the @ASPCA (or money making organizations like The Red Cross) Just google their money distribution to learn more. This link provides a lot of good information/facts: www.activistfacts.com/organizations/american-society-for-the-prevention-of-cruelty-to-animals-aspca/ .
“The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has something it doesn’t want you to know. Raising over $100 million a year from those weepy Sarah McLachlan commercials, the ASPCA spends little of that money on sheltering pets across America … (And the Humane Society of the United States, which runs similar ads, is even worse. Click link to learn why.)” .
1) The ASPCA is not your local pet shelter. Despite its name the ASPCA is not affiliated with local SPCAs and gives little of its money to them. In 2013, the ASPCA only gave $4.9 million to support animal shelters, a mere 4% of its $129 million budget. However, many Americans confuse the ASPCA with their local SPCA. However, the ASPCA is not related to local SPCAs, despite the similar names, and money given to the ASPCA will not necessarily go to a donor’s local shelter. In 2011, the State Humane Association of California (SHAC) filed a complaint with the California Attorney General about the ASPCA’s fundraising. SHAC argued that “ASPCA’s unfair and deceptive fundraising practices harm local humane societies and SPCAs by capitalizing on and reinforcing the widely-held mistaken belief that the ASPCA is a parent or umbrella organization to the thousands of humane societies and SPCAs across the country.” .
2) The ASPCA kills animals. It’s one thing for a local pet shelter to put down dogs and cats due to overcrowding and limited resources. It’s tragic, but most people understand. However, it’s harder to justify for a group as wealth and influential as the ASPCA.
Bob Baker, a former ASPCA investigator, told The New York Times, “show one picture of a mistreated dog and the funds would pour in… [I]t got to the point where animal welfare was not the priority, fund-raising was.”