Thursday, July 12, 2012

Little of charity's money going to help animals

(CNN) -- A charity that raised close to $27 million to help animals worldwide spent nearly all of that money on fund-raising expenses paid to a direct-mail company.

In addition, CNN found that the charity, SPCA International, misrepresented one of its programs called "Baghdad Pups" on its tax filings and hired an officer for that program with a questionable background.

Jo Ann's comment:

There is certainly nothing wrong with making charitable donations to the larger organizations, but it has been proven, time and time again, that too much money is wasted on other things leaving little for the actual rescue or care of animals.

I have always been a strong advocate for the small, local rescue groups... as they are the ones who do a far better job for the prevention of cruelty and neglect, fighting for affordable spay/neuter programs, and giving our homeless animals a second chance through careful adoption policies.  They do all of this with very little funds.

So, if you really want to help the animals and make charitable donations, please support the local rescue groups in your own hometown.  They will spend those donations wisely and you will indeed be helping to save a life.

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