Shelters: We’re not them
Kylie Saari — Staff Writer Fairmont Sentinel, Fairmont MN
POSTED: April 30, 2010
FAIRMONT - When the phone rings and a voice asks for donations to the Humane Society, many people's thoughts go to cats and dogs sitting in local shelters waiting to be adopted.
But more than likely, the group calling is not local but rather the Humane Society of the United States, a charity-funded lobbying organization.
According to research released recently by the Opinion Research Company, 71 percent of those surveyed believed Humane Society of the United States is an umbrella organization representing local shelters; 63 percent believe the local shelter is affiliated with the group; 59 percent believe Humane Society of the United States contributed most of its money to local organizations; and 48 percent believe their local shelter received financial support from Humane Society of the United States.
All four beliefs are false.
"Financially, Martin County Humane Society does not receive any funding directly from HSUS," wrote Karen Folkers, vice president of MCHS, in an email to the Sentinel.
The Sentinel has published letters from citizens pleading with others to reconsider donating to local shelters because of HSUS policies.
"These letters were in response to policies of and lobbying by the Humane Society of the United States," Folkers wrote. "We hope that readers realized that the writers were referring to the national group. MCHC is a completely separate entity. The Martin County Humane Society realizes how important farming is to the economy of our area." Read More
Here is another example of a local Humane Society that is suffering because of the actions of the HSUS.