If you're tempted to write a check for $18 every month to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals so that this sad faced little pup can run free in the clover with a loving family, there are things you should know about ASPCA.
Last year, ASPCA had total revenues of almost $150 million dollars in donations, inheritances and interest. They reported receiving $122 million in donations. That makes it the richest SPCA in the country. Yet, it adopts out fewer animals than some small rescue groups and shelters. Its president makes over a half million dollars in salary plus many benefits.
Now I am not against success. I love success. Anyone who produces a product or service that people want to pay for deserves the rewards. But an organization that solicits money from the public to protect dogs and cats and then is responsible for exploiting, neglecting, or killing them does not deserve to be rewarded.
A large percent of the money people donate goes to pay for further tear-jerking advertising to solicit even more donations. TV time and computer space are expensive and multi-million dollar organizations don't get free PSA's.
In spite of the name "American," ASPCA is headquartered in New York City where it does most of its work. Each SPCA across the country is a separate nonprofit organization.
The public is misled into believing that ASPCA is a national organization.
The California SPCA has complained that only three-tenths of a percent of their millions collected went to California. While they may give a few dollars outside of New York, if you live in Texas, or Ohio, or Wyoming or California, the chance of your local shelter getting any money from them is pretty much squat.
It isn't unusual for ASPCA and HSUS to raid puppy mills or dog fighting operations, get a lot of publicity, and overwhelm local shelters by dumping the dogs there.
And how are they doing in New York City?
In spite of their milllions and their influence, they have consistently opposed no kill shelters and laws that would protect the lives of pets.
Which is only logical.
Without those pathetic little animals behind bars with a death sentence hanging over them, what would they use to raise their millions from a generous public?
A New York News station has recently uncovered evidence that the ASPCA law enforcement division is allowing abused animals to die all over New York City.
And there was the sad case of Oreo, the badly abused dog who was nursed back to health by ASPCA. They blatently used her story to raise a lot of money. But when Oreo was finally whole again and of no further use to them, they killed her in spite of public outcry and various rescues who begged to take her.
Then they managed to use their considerable clout to stop the passing of Oreo's Law, which would require any animal scheduled for death to be released to any 501c3 rescue organization that requested possession. California and Illinois have versions of Oreo's law.
In December ASPCA paid Feld Entertainment (Ringling Brothers Circus) $9.3 million to settle charges against them of litigation abuse and racketeering.
In a lawsuit that went on for over ten years it was ruled in 2009 that ASPCA, HSUS and several other animal rights groups were paying the plaintiff and chief witness, Tom Rider, at least $190,000 to give untruthful testimony playing the part of an injured plaintiff. ASPCA et al lost their appeal in 2011.
Based on the ruling
Feld Entertainment brought suit [in federal court] against ASPCA, HSUS and other animal rights activists and their lawyers alleging violations of the RICO statute and Virginia Conspiracy Act, malicious prosecution, and abuse of process. Source
ASPCA wisely paid to settle, but the suit against the other AR organizations goes on.
So the next time you see one of those sad little kitten ads for a donation to ASPCA, before you get out your credit card, you might want to read this story about how a multi-million dollar organization that is supposed to protect him used their resources to kill him.
Of course they probably took his picture first.
MORE ANIMALS ARE HELPED BY LOCAL SHELTERS AND RESCUES.