Does the HSUS help local shelters?

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Center for Consumer Freedom "HumaneWatch" project released a report making some bold claims about the Humane Society of the United States' budget.

The lobbyist behind the CCF, Rick Berman, says most of HSUS money never gets to local shelters.

The Center for Consumer Freedom also runs an anti-PETA website. CBS' 60 minutes also ran a special about Berman, who is a Washington lobbyist against animal rights activists.

Their study argues the HSUS should give more, but one shelter director understands why this doesn't happen.

Savannah Humane Society Director Lynn Gensamer says "The Humane Society of the United States is not a membership or trickle down organization, so every local humane society is on its own."

Some people assume just the opposite, and donate money to the national group thinking it will go to their local shelters. But Lynn Gensamer says HSUS never makes that promise, and that is not part of their mission.

But, she does believes in the past few years, shelters across Georgia have benefited from HSUS in other ways.

She believes HSUS was instrumental in working towards tougher dog fighting legislation after the Michael Vick incident in 2007.

She also advises anyone who wants to help their local shelter to give directly to that shelter.

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