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COGGIN: Help animals by giving locally

To the Editor:

Friday is National Puppy Day, so it’s as good an excuse as any for sending cute dog videos around the office or posting them on Facebook. And if you want to chip in to help pups who need a home, make sure you donate to your local pet shelter.

People are often surprised to learn that national animal groups often give little or nothing to local shelters. We’ve all seen the ads with the sad music and homeless dogs. But the group behind the ads, the Humane Society of the United States, is not actually affiliated with local humane societies despite the similar name. According to its tax documents, only about 1 percent of its $132 million budget was given to pet shelters. Instead of helping pets, the Humane Society of the United States spends millions on executive salaries and pensions and lobbying. 

National Puppy Day is only once a year, but you can help animals any day by giving locally. 


Center for Consumer Freedom Managing Director

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