Letter: Donate both locally and nationally
This letter is in response to one written several months ago regarding donating money to the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. Yes, if at all possible, please give to the Yavapai Humane Society first, as they are solely dependent on your donations and receive no other funding for their operations.
If you have the ability, please also donate to the ASPCA and or the HSUS as their mission is far different than our local shelter. They provide large scale field investigations that save thousands of animals from devastating scenes of hoarding and cruelty that are inhumane to the many puppy mills in this country. They also help with the challenge of overpopulation - 7 million companion animals enter our shelters every year and approximately 50 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats are euthanized because of the lack of resources to sustain them until new homes are found for them.
They have many other commitments for your donation dollars. They have Response Teams for disasters. Also, on the team are Humane Law Enforcement Agents that have pledged to bring the Puppy Mill situation nationwide to an end for breeding dogs that live their entire lives in deplorable conditions. The ASPCA/HSUS provide mass rescues of dogs and puppies in these situations. They have many other cruelty legislations that are on their plates - Greyhound Recovery and Tennessee Walking Horses. Also, they deal with the fur trade, just to name a few.
These organizations have large scopes to cover in dealing with our national cruelty and disaster situations. Please donate to our local shelter, but also consider donating to the ASPCA/HSUS, as they have the larger mission in their sights. Both local and national agendas are vying for your hard earned dollars. Your dollars all go to help our furry friends. I do donate both locally and nationally.