When watching the tv and a Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) commercial airs, many people automatically change channels or continue to watch with a feeling of guilt and grief. Yes, it is sad and depressing to see innocent animals suffer, but is donating to the Humane Society of the United States a good choice? Surprisingly, no.

According to humanewatch.org, the Humane Society of the United States does not run one single pet shelter and they only give .5 percent (yes .005) of their annual budget of money to local pet shelters around the country, which is almost nothing.

While the commercials for the Humane Society might depict helping cats and dogs, they are actually fighting for the “rights” of animals. The Humane Society of the United States has another agenda, including fighting against many hunters, fishermen, farmers, pet owners and in fact most people in general, by discouraging the eating of meat and promoting a vegan lifestyle.

With all this being said, Macomb has its own animal shelter located at the corner of Tower Road and Route 67 that would gladly receive donations in order to help local pets. If money is tight and you still want to help, remember you can always donate your time. The shelter takes in rescued, lost or stray animals, and also puts animals up for adoption. They rescue abused or neglected animals as well.

When the Humane Society of the United States commercials come on tv, please take a moment to think about where your money will do the most good. Do you want to donate to an agency that does not help a single animal, or would you rather donate locally to the McDonough County Animal shelter where you know your donation will be put to good use, and not for some big company to make a name for itself and fill the pockets of its CEOs and lawyers?

Kayla Widerman,
Good Hope, Ill.