After the meeting, I talked to HSUS’s Andrew Rowan about the idea. I was hoping the HSUS education department could play a role in the solution. Instead, the powers that be at HSUS decided to copy the TV ads. So, here I am, years later, still convinced that the confusion needs to be addressed.
That’s the whole goal behind the Humane Society for Shelter Pets—to clear up this humane confusion. While I certainly can’t take on their 50 lawyers and the $100 million in cash that HSUS receives every year to keep the confusion alive, I have found a way to help address the misunderstanding.
One might think the Humane Society for Shelter Pets would be warmly embraced by anyone in favor of more funding for animal care. Of course, I knew there would be some people opposed to the project and specifically opposed to me working on it. But perhaps the strong reaction against HSSP only means one thing: This matters!
The Humane Society for Shelter Pets doesn’t need much money. At present, it’s a website we maintain so that you can find local groups to help. If you are involved in hands on animal care, it’s a place to list your needs. We are not asking for your money. “What?!” you ask. That’s right: We want you, if you support animal welfare causes, to be able to support animal care directly. It’s not easy to find your local rescue group or even your county shelter. These organizations do not have PR companies that help them get the word out—they spend their money on vet bills and pet food. They need a way to ask for help. To find a shelter or rescue group near you, go to our shelter finder and simply use your zip code.
Director, Humane Society for Shelter Pets