Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Final Choice: Pet Smart Charities or Humane Society of the United States?

As I have mentioned in my last post, I was choosing between The Humane Society of the United States and Pet Smart Charities to give my donations to. This is because I have made a pledge to donate 10 cents to a charity advocating for animal welfare every time my picture book, “Grandpa Bill and His 1000 Dogs” gets sold . Blessings should be shared, especially to those who need it the most, and I truly believe in being the voice to those who can’t speak for themselves. While there are many causes worth fighting for, animal protection is given little attention although they are no less important than any other living creatures in our planet.  

Since my pledge comes from what I made from my picture book, I naturally wanted a reliable charity which gives solid results. So I researched for top charities and cross-referenced each result. My research led me to two: The Humane Society of the United States and Pet Smart Charities. Both of these animal welfare organizations have amazing track records in promoting animal protection and well-being, so it was quite hard to come to a final decision. However, I must only choose one. Before I arrive at my final choice, let us take a look at their programs and accomplishments.

Pet Smart Society

Let us start off with the Pet Smart Society. The organization’s goal is quite straightforward – they assist beloved pets. One thing I like about this organization is that it has a specific target which they aim to help out. They operate by helping communities down to the ground. At first glance, it seems like that they operate on a small scale as they move by community action. Upon looking at their overall achievements, goals, and programs, it is clear that they have created a large impact by developing pet responsibilities and protection with the number of homes and communities they have come in contact with. They assure that each and every pet will be properly taken care of. Also, it makes everyone feel more involved in helping out.

Before you think that they just deal with pets which already have homes, they actually give more emphasis on pet homelessness. They advocate in helping out pets that may be euthanize due to homelessness. Another that caught my attention with this organization is that they give clear and honest reasons why most people do not adopt pets from shelters. I believe that once the root cause is figured out, it would be much easier to help these poor pets out as you can debunk any false perceptions about pet adoption shelters. This organization does not just stop at giving homes to these lovely creatures; they also give practical and helpful information on how to properly care for these pets. Also, they provide a financial report of all the donations they have received so one can be sure that his money will really be put to good use.

Humane Society of the United States

When I researched about this organization, I was impressed with their goals and achievements. Like the Pet Smart Society, it provides financial reports of the donations they have received. They also have programs which help out homeless pets and teach how to properly take care of these pets. But unlike Pet Smart Society, it does not just focus on helping out household pets but all animals, whether they are tame or not. It has been helping out all sorts of animals since 1954, so it comes to no wonder that it is the largest animal welfare advocate group in the US. 

The program which really caught my eye was their “Kind News” magazine which aims to educate and help kids understand and respect animals. It was clear then that they do not only wish to help out the present sufferings of animals, but also develop kids to become responsible caretakers of animals in the future. They also have this “Off Duty" staff profiles which show a peek on how their staff is truly committed and passionate in helping out animals. The most impressive thing about this organization is that they actually lobby laws for the protection of animals, and make sure that these laws are duly implemented.

The Verdict

I believe by now you understand how difficult it was to choose between these two amazing organizations. Since I cannot just toss a coin to find out which of the two I should choose, after much deliberation, I have decided to support The Humane Society of the United States. As my proceeds come from readers who love different sorts of animals, I wish to let them feel that the money they have used to buy my book has helped practically all kinds of animals. Another reason is that as someone who truly loves animals, getting their causes heard and defended in the congress increases their protection and well-being. The edge that the HSUS has over Pet Smart Society is not only its target recipient, but also its influence in the congress. If you would also like to help out one or both organizations, you can check out their websites by clicking on the links below:

The Humane Society of the United States: 

Pet Smart Society: