|Donating to HSUS is a bummer.|
As I reported in the beginning of March, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office conducted an investigation into the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as part of the Attorney General’s oversight of charities.
Now, Mr. Pruitt has officially issued a consumer alert against the Humane Society of the United States for deceptive advertising.
In particular, Mr. Pruitt was concerned about donations made to HSUS following the May 2013 tornadoes that were so destructive in his states. Many animal welfare organizations, including HSUS used advertising to collect money during the time. The advertising suggested that making a donation would help local pets that were displaced due to the storm.
In his press release he stated:
“Oklahomans are caring people and gave generously to assist our friends and neighbors devastated by the deadly May 2013 tornadoes,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “In the wake of the storm, there are concerns some national animal welfare organizations may have misled Oklahomans by giving the impression their donations would help displaced animals and animal shelters in Oklahoma. Our review has found the Oklahoma shelters have not received assistance from national groups. Our concern is that Oklahomans’ donations may instead have gone toward lobbying activities in other states or at the national level. We all want the best for displaced animals and appreciate the work animal welfare organizations do to provide care for dogs, cats and other animals. But it’s important to ensure Oklahomans are not being deceived, and that the donations they made to help Oklahoma-based animal shelters are doing just that.”
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office is continuing to investigate the situation. In the meantime, Mr. Pruitt encourages would-be donors to be leery of fraudulent schemes and to always investigate an organization before donating.
Take a look at Mr. Pruitt discussing the issue:
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