Humane Society kicking ‘tocks again


Alert reader Ana Marie C. says of her submission "because it’s nice to see some good news". We agree!

Check out the great efforts of the Humane Society made in preparation for hurricane Gustav. Hundreds of pets were evacuated across Louisiana.

Want to support these efforts? Learn more or read more from the field here.



  1. I love the people that do this. I am gonna donate right now.

  2. These are amazing people with very big hearts. <3<3<3

  3. I will def donate. It warms my heart to know that these animals are baing looked after. Much thanks to you all. <3

  4. momof2kitties says:

    That should come with a “You’re gonna need a tissue” alert attached.

    *sniff, sniff*

  5. the puppeh picture at the beginning caught my attention entirely. These people are very amazing.

  6. Juniper Jupiter says:

    The dog @ 0:40 is like “WHOA!! I’m CARGO SURFIN’!!! WHOO HOO!!!”

    That looks like fun, actually…

    Do they make cargo carriers for 5’8″ 200 lb broads like me? 😀

    Good for the HSA and the LSPCA!!!

  7. [NOTE FROM THE MODERATOR: I have decided not to unpublish this comment, but that does NOT mean I agree with any of it, except for my own added notes. Cute Overload does not “approve this message” – Ed.]

    Despite the words “humane society” on its letterhead, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with your local animal shelter. Despite the omnipresent dogs and cats in its fundraising materials, it’s not an organization that runs spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected, and abused pets. And despite the common image of animal protection agencies as cash-strapped organizations dedicated to animal welfare, HSUS has become the wealthiest animal rights organization on earth.
    HSUS is big, rich, and powerful, a “humane society” in name only. And while most local animal shelters are under-funded and unsung, HSUS has accumulated $113 million in assets and built a recognizable brand by capitalizing on the confusion its very name provokes. This misdirection results in an irony of which most animal lovers are unaware: HSUS raises enough money to finance animal shelters in every single state, with money to spare, yet it doesn’t operate a single one anywhere.

    Instead, HSUS spends millions on programs that seek to economically cripple meat and dairy producers; eliminate the use of animals in biomedical research labs; phase out pet breeding, zoos, and circus animal acts; and demonize hunters as crazed lunatics. HSUS spends $2 million each year on travel expenses alone, just keeping its multi-national agenda going.

    HSUS and its affiliates have received embarrassingly low scores from established charity watchdog groups. Worth magazine gave HSUS a “D” rating for spending as much as 53 percent of its expenses on fundraising. And online rating service noted that the huge HSUS corporate family does not have an active governing board overseeing the overall structure, and criticized the organization for holding only three board meetings during 2000, two of them on the same day. Charity Navigator gave only one star (out of four) to HSUS’s Earth Voice International, and zero to the Humane Society of the United States Wildlife Land Trust.

    […and FOUR STARS to HSUS as a whole, Reg, whereas they don’t even RATE your organization,, which I’m guessing is because you’re not a charity, or in fact charitable. Also, the HSUS Wildlife Land Trust isn’t ranked separately from HSUS by Charity Navigator, so you can’t say they were given “zero stars”. On top of that, there appears to be no organization named “Earth Voice International” at all. It is a name that seems only to exist on your website, and others that have quoted it. Just how much of what you’ve written is completely fabricated, anyway? – Ed.]

    Even seasoned animal-rights veterans were surprised in April 2000 when the Humane Society of the United States sent John “J.P.” Goodwin on an anti-fur junket to China. Goodwin was not just any animal activist: he was then an avowed member of the terrorist Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Less than a year later he was formally identified as an HSUS legislative affairs staffer; Goodwin would later change his rhetoric to match HSUS’s corporate policy of not endorsing violence as a protest tactic.

    Goodwin, a high-school dropout who had previously co-founded the Texas-based Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, pulled no punches when it came to his priorities. “My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture,” he had written to one Internet activist mailing list.

    Goodwin himself has been arrested and convicted for being the ringleader of a gang that vandalized fur retailers in multiple states during the 1990s. The animal-rights newspaper Animal People News profiled Goodwin in 2000, noting that he “gleefully announced a string of Animal Liberation Front mink releases and arsons against furriers and fur farms” while a “spokesman” for the underground terrorist group.

    So, you should think long and hard before you give anything to these clowns.

    [So you’re telling us to ignore the good work that they ARE doing, right now? Sorry, no. Not even if YOU say so. – Ed.]

  8. That’s food for thought, Reg. I help with the Defenders of Wildlife when I can, mostly for wolf causes.

  9. Thanks for that misinformation, Reg! Interesting that the information you posted is copied, at least some paragraphs, word-for-word from the site Do a google search for “HSUS and its affiliates have received embarrassingly low scores from established charity watchdog groups” and it’ll be the first site that pops up.

    The site, on their About Us page, says they are “created by the Center for Consumer Freedom”. The Center for Consumer Freedom, according to Wikipedia, is a “U.S. nonprofit organization funded, according to its website, by restaurants, food companies and “more than 1,000 concerned individuals”. It describes its mission as defending the “right of adults and parents to choose what they eat, drink, and how they enjoy themselves.” CCF opposes compulsory warning labels on food, bans on smoking in restaurants, lawsuits against obesity, and similar activities.”

    So, a group with a huge agenda and which is not one bit neutral. What’s your agenda, I wonder?

    According to, the HSUS actually has a 4-star charity rating.
    [ – Ed.]

    And on a note more relevant to the topic of the post, what other organization is rescuing pets from disaster zones? It’s good work.

    I would include links, but it appears that one can’t do that in these comments.

    [Sure you can; see above. Just copy the whole thing from your browser’s address bar & paste it in. You have to leave at least one white space at the end of it, though, or the URL gets borked… – Ed.]

  10. Oh, it looks like the comment to which I was responding was deleted while I was commenting. Feel free to delete mine and this one, as well. 🙂

    [I put it back, very reluctantly… – Ed.]

  11. If people can get past the petty sniping, just take a long look at what IS being done NOW and remember that not all superheroes wear capes.

  12. But they DO all wear tights, don’t they?

    You ever take your dog’s face in your hands, look into her eyes and tell you you love her, and then she burps at you? LOL, that’s true love, that is!

  13. Thanks for the info on putting in links! I think I was trying to make HTML links and that’s why it didn’t work. Anyway, I just love the rescue work and hate to see any group maligning a place that does good work.

    When I lived in Oakland I worked in San Francisco, I was always terrified there’d be an earthquake and I’d be separated from my pet. I sleep better at night knowing that there are awesome people looking out for my cat – as well as all the other pets, of course. 🙂

  14. Erebella, you’re ABSOLUTELY right!!

  15. About what, the tights or the burping? I don’t think my boyfriend will want to kiss me passionately if I burp at him, though. Men…..they just don’t get it. HA!

  16. The puppy look alone kills me! Non-humane society indeed. Cruel, cruel organization whose pictures of overly adorable animals are meant to disable otherwise intelligent, competent, articulate folks (not just lunatic hunters and meat-eaters). It’s all a conspiracy to take over the world, one furball at a time. I’m on to you, HSUS!

  17. Wayne Pacelle, President of HSUS: “One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”

    Wake up people. The ultimate goal of both HSUS and PETA is for us to have no more pets. Look into it.

    [Well the ultimate goal of Cute Overload is to take over the world from our Dream Office in the Space Needle, and I’m in a position to know. It’s good to have goals… – Ed.]

  18. Oh, God almighty. If anyone here thinks organizations of people (however radical) are that freaking powerful then you’re just as bad as they are. Organizations (particularly political ones) are flawed and all of them eventually fail or need to be drastically modified/mainstreamed in order to effectively do ANYTHING.

    Research your charities and use your best judgment, peeps, but let people believe what they want to believe without saying that they want to eliminate pets, for God’s sake. If an organization really thinks that is in any way shape or form remotely possible, then just laugh at them for their silly brains and be thankful that they occasionally do productive work while still being delusional. Don’t give them power by taking them so seriously. I’ve got a ton of right-wing types where I live who believe all sorts of things I find nonsensical, but I don’t throw things at them when they have carwashes to raise money for disaster relief.

  19. I’ll bet they have a tall stack of resumes for the puppy dunking positions.

  20. AWWWWW! [keeses poor widdle wet puppeh] Be safe!

    BTW, I like the HSUS logo. Never seen it before.

  21. Adorable puppy.

    I like Charity Navigator, and will register my 501-c-3 when it comes through from the IRS. Caveat donor. Hysterics does not impress me. Going to a website and asking polite but focused questions and then analyzing the answer is a great way to investigate a potential charity. Always be careful, not just for animal charities but any charity, before investing time, energy and money! There really are a lot of charletons out there, but then again, there are some great places that should be rewarded with your assets.
    Theo, I agree with your decision to let this be on CO- it is a discussion that needs to be engaged, and it is very important that free speech let the cleansing sunshine in to highlight the workings of all charities. Thank you for this important discussion starter!

  22. (claps) I <3 good people who care about animals and work to make sure they're safe! :)

  23. If people want to donate to an organization helping animals in the hurricane area, please consider Best Friends Animal Society instead. Unlike the HSUS, they are not pro-euthanasia, and they have a wonderful sanctuary:

  24. Mississippi learned valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina. For Gustav, people were allowed to bring their pets with them when they boarded evacuation buses. The South Mississippi Humane Society opened their doors as a pet shelter.

    I’m so glad for organizations like HSUS, SPCA, and my local SMHS.

  25. GrayDogMom says:

    The AKC has a disaster relief fund now, which is used to support
    search and rescue dogs and all pets during a disaster and when they offer
    help, it is real HELP — not a clumsy self-promotional effort.

    In normal times, give to your local animal shelters. They will nearly
    always use the money for actual animal care. Please investigate any
    charity you send money to after a disaster, Wait a few days and find
    an organization based in the area that needs help.

  26. I am so glad they were able to calmly and safely get all the animals that needed to be evacuated out. I don’t care what bad things people can say about them, this is a good thing. I would not leave my own pets behind, and with four cats and two dogs, I would have a hard time finding a place that would take us all if we needed to evacuate (though we would just go to family, so there wouldn’t be a real problem). I am glad that there are organizations like this out there to help keep families with their pets in times of emergencies.

  27. HSUS takes credit (and money) for a lot of things they don’t personally do. They were under investigation over their operations during Hurricane Katrina. They also raised money for Michael Vick’s dogs (which never benefitted the dogs. The money HSUS raises goes into lobbying politicians to pass mandatory forced sterilization bills. (Since the city of Los Angeles passed theirs, shelter euthanasias are up past numbers seen last in 2002.) These laws do not reduce shelter euthanasia, they INCREASE it. But since HSUS and PeTA’s goals are actually the elimination of companion animals (Wayne Pacelle – One Generation and OUT) they are reaching their actual goals. No pets.

  28. gracekitty says:

    Perhaps the best idea is to donate to your local shelter or rescue group. Because I have 17 rescues at my house I had to cut down on donations. I chose to drop the national groups and focus on what’s happening in my own community. That way I can check in and see what’s actually going on.
    My reasoning comes from my experience with helping out in south Mississippi after Katrina (I showed up alone and without any connection to an organization). The volunteers both locally and from all over the country did the real rescue work – the national organizations weren’t responding to Gulfport / Biloxi/ Pass Christian and all the small godforsaken towns. Of course they did long after Katrina but by then most of the animals not rescued had suffered and died…

  29. The use of the term “pets” (as in “no pets”) may be causing confusion. Organizations like HSUS and PETA prefer the term “companion animal” because it implies that the animal has an inherent worth separate from their usefulness to humans. Works for me. BTW, anyone who thinks that these two groups are working to eliminate pet ownership need to check out the FAQs at their websites.

    PETA’s headquarters are located in my home town and I am amazed at the good work they do there. Their focus is animal protection and care at the local, state, national, and international levels. They donate money and equipment to local animal shelters; offer free dog houses for dogs that don’t have one; run a reduced-fee spay and neuter clinic, to name a few. And the people who work there bring their companion animals to work with them whenever they want.

  30. Katherine writes: PETA’s headquarters are located in my home town and I am amazed at the good work they do there

    Were you okay with their employees picking up dogs from shelters under the guise of getting them adopted, then killing them in the company van and dumping the bodies in area businesses’ dumpsters?

  31. HSUS isn’t the Humane Society you know and love. They’re a bunch of extremists who use a similar name to deliberately confuse the issue.

    HSUS are animal butchers.

  32. “Works for me. “

    Does it work for you that they adopt animals from shelters under false pretenses, then kill them?

  33. Please don’t confuse the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with your local, and state humane societies….. They are NOT associated with each other nor do your local humane societies appreciate being linked with HSUS. HSUS and PeTA (among others) are animal rights groups (ARs) and work hand in hand with each other, whereas your local/state humane societies (among others)are animal welfare groups. If you read the agendas for the AR’s you will be very surprised ….. and PeTA’s special videos for different occasions are quite ugly/offense. Most of the $$$$ AR’s collect are for ad’s against pet ownership and administrative costs. BTW – Wayne Pacelle receives 24% of the total monies received from contributions, ($206,000+ for his work at HSUS)…. another large portion goes for lobbyists to pressure state legislatures for anti-pet bills. HSUS is NOT a govt agency, so almost 25% of your contributions goes directly into Pacelle’s pocket… travel is covered under another pot of $$$$. This blog is basically sponsoring HSUS by putting up HSUS links.

  34. Please do a post on ARNO or Best Friends or Pasado’s Safe Haven next time. They, too, were all there in New Orleans helping to evacuate animals, and are now on the ground, going to addresses where dogs were left behind. After what happened with Katrina, I will not ever donate to the HSUS again. Do you know they were under investigation by the Louisiana attorney general for misuse of funds that were donated after Katrina because they didn’t use them to find owners of rescued animals like they claimed they would. I was with an online group that tracked down owners, and I can tell you, the HSUS did nothing to help me find anyone.