Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS, writes in to the Coloradoan:
We provide direct care to more animals than any other animal welfare group in the nation, spending more than $20 million annually supporting local animal shelters, running our own hands-on animal-care programs and providing other direct-care services.
I’m not sure how Wayne Pacelle’s math adds up to $20 million dollars exactly. When I look at HSUS’ financial documents, it seems like Humane Watch has got the math right: HSUS spends less than half a million bucks on local shelters each year. Mr. Pacelle may be counting on the “running our own hands-on animal-care programs and providing other direct-care services” part of the equation to take up the slack for the missing $19.5 million, but to me, that’s terribly misleading.