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112 Staffers at Humane Society of the United States Make over 6 Figures in Income; CEO Makes over $450k

An organization billed as devoted to animal welfare seems more interested in compensating employees

 

December 12, 2022

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We've obtained a copy of the most recent tax return for the Humane Society of the United States. Once again, it tells a story of an organization more focused on its executives' bottom line than on pets.

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The Humane Society of the United States does not run a single pet shelter and gives very little of the money it raises to shelters

Overall, HSUS spent over $4 million on compensating its top executives, including over $450,000 for CEO Cristobel "Kitty" Block.

The lavish spending didn't stop with the C-suite. A whopping 112 staffers at HSUS made over $100,000 in compensation. Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the United States does not run a single pet shelter and gives very little of the money it raises to shelters. (The Humane Society of the United States is not affiliated with local humane societies, despite the similar names. So give to your local shelter directly if you want to help pets.)

We also noticed something curious: A former executive, Melissa Seide Rubin, received $355,305 in severance pay. That's a nice "golden parachute"–and it could have fed quite a few homeless animals.

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