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Confusion reigns, sadly. I just got off the phone, again, with someone furious that "we" just sent her an expensive 2016 calendar since she already donates, can't afford to donate more, and resents that "we" are using her donation to pay for something she does not need after telling her that the money is needed for the animals. Well, the money is indeed needed for the animals - and we did not send her that calendar.

Both ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and HSUS (the Humane Society of the United States) spend a great deal of money advertising on television and sending mail throughout the nation asking for charitable funds. Neither the ASPCA nor HSUS, however, are YOUR local animal welfare organization. They do not operate the shelter for homeless animals in your community. They are not "parent" organizations and the local humane societies and SPCAs are not their chapters.

I won't and I don't criticize the work done by these national organizations. You should take the time to form your own opinions about the programs and services of any charitable organization you are thinking about supporting. What I do take exception to is those organizations making statements about their work designed to lead to questionable conclusions. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the claims made in that new HSUS calendar.

Asking for support and claiming that your support of HSUS has made the following possible, we read: "Our (that is, HSUS) spay/neuter and adoption campaigns, combined with our intensive collaboration with local shelters and other partners around the county, have led to a dramatic 80% decrease in euthanasia of healthy, treatable animals." There is no such HSUS campaign in this community, nor is there any offer of collaboration, "intensive" or otherwise, with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA which is of course the local shelter here in San Mateo County. What is true, however, is that PHS/SPCAs spay/neuter and adoption campaigns, its dedication to spaying and neutering which has been supported by this community's residents since we opened the first low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the nation, has led to a 97% reduction of euthanasia in this community.

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