Dear Editor:

As an undeniable dog lover I am taken back daily by the news about pets that need adoption. There is not enough money being donated to local animal shelters to care for all the needy pets. Then I read about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and how little they pass on to local shelters. Many people are donating to the HSUS thinking it will benefit their state's local shelters.

HSUS is not affiliated with any local humane societies in the U.S. However, they are experts in soliciting donations from animal lovers who assume they are helping animals in need.

Nothing can be further from the truth. HSUS spends tens of millions yearly supporting a staff of more than 700, plus lobbyists in all 50 states. Yet, HSUS shared less than 1 percent of its money with hands-on pet shelters.

Want to really help? Please donate directly to the local shelters; you can feel confident that your donation will help the animals.

Steve Clark

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