To the Editor:

April 30 is “National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day,” and with an estimated 6.5 million pets entering shelters every year, there’s no shortage of furry friends looking for a new home.

One way everyone can help shelter animals —whether or not we’re able to adopt one — is by supporting local shelters with donations.

Unfortunately, like the animals they care for, shelters are often quite in need.

Despite common misconceptions, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and ASPCA are not umbrella organizations for local humane societies or SPCAs; and they give very little of the hundreds of millions of dollars they collect to local shelters.

Only 1 percent of the money given to the Humane Society of the United States trickles down to local pet shelters while the group spends millions on ads, which local groups can’t afford.

To get the most out of charity, make sure to donate to your local shelter. Money, time or supplies can make all the difference to needy animals in your neighborhood.

Will Coggin

Research director

Center for Consumer Freedom

Washington, D.C.

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overseer

I like your idea sir. We should keep these types of contributions local. To take care of our own and then branch out to others is a good rule to follow.

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