When I look at some of the “Well Known” animal agencies and the figures they put out each year I find myself asking this question.
Some of the agencies that have recently been made famous by animal planet for instance
Houston SPCA Pat Mercer (Pres) $167,500 Salary
Michigan Humane Calvin Morgan (Exec Dir) $128,618 Salary
NY. ASPCA Edward J Sayres ( Pres) $393,541 Salary
The list goes on and on.
These places Gross MILLIONS of dollars per year, they have the money to advertise, to build, to get their faces on the news etc.
Meanwhile thousands of small mom and pop type rescues struggle to make ends meet. Without these small rescues, the larger agencies would go under from the sheer volume of unwanted, abused, negelcted animals needing help, yet not one of these agencies offer any help, like free vet care, spay/neuter etc to the smaller rescues. Nor do they offer any financial help.
The directors, presidents, and workers of these small rescues do not get paid, these places are run by volunteers, the bills are met out of the pockets of these volunteers, they rarely get donations, but they always get the animals. Most don’t kill for space, euths done properly and gently at the vets office, full price is paid, and are only done in cases of serious illness and severe aggression.
So if you want to make a donation to help animals please seriously consider who is more deserving, an agencies that pays a huge salary to someone or the small rescue that is struggling, where no-one gets paid.
Do you want your donation to pay someones salary, or do you want it to save a cat, dog, horse, goat, sheep, pig etc…. the choice is yours.