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Profit Over Pets? New Report Finds the Humane Society of the United States Shortchanges Pet Shelters in Minnesota

Analysis of 2021 tax reports found shelters in 32 states and the District of Columbia, including Minnesota, received no financial assistance from HSUS

Washington, DC – The Center for the Environment and Welfare (CEW) today released a report exposing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for its abysmal financial support of local animal shelters in Minnesota and across the United States.

Despite its name, HSUS has no affiliation with local humane societies operating in communities across the United States.

While HSUS is not affiliated with local pet shelters, its similar-sounding name has resulted in widespread public confusion, as evidenced by polling.

An evaluation of 2021 tax documents uncovered disturbing facts, including that in 2021:

• HSUS gave one percent of their $138 million budget to local pet shelters via financial grants

• HSUS did not send a single financial grant to pet shelters in 32 states and Washington, DC

Where, then, is this organization directing the millions they receive in donations?

To the surprise of many donors, publicly available tax returns show the following:

• HSUS spent $4.3 million on executive compensation, $56 million on fundraising, $1.2 million on lobbying, and had $67 million stashed in offshore accounts in 2021

CEW Executive Director Jack Hubbard had this to say about the findings:

“Each year, hard-working people in Minnesota donate to HSUS, believing that they are helping shelters in their communities. Donors deserve to know the truth - HSUS is sitting on millions in investments and paying its executives sky-high salaries. Donors who want to support local shelters deserve to know the truth.”

The full report and methodology is available here. All findings are based upon 2021 publicly available tax returns and 2021 audited financial statements.


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