I keep seeing TV and News paper ads for the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States. If I donate money to either organization, where does the money go?

  • Note that the ASPCA, despite its name, is just another regional SPCA -- and iny opinion not one if the best. Don't limit your investigation to these two; check out others before deciding where your money will do the most good. There are several websites which gather the sort of budgeting/effectiveness summary you are looking for and can help you find good candidate charities.
    – keshlam
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 21:21

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The ASPCA distributes its income in the following ways:

  • Program Expenses 58.4%
  • Administrative Expenses 5.2%
  • Fundraising Expenses 36.2%

Charity Navigator Rating - ASPCA

Program Expenses fund the charity to do its mission work. The ASPCA reports that it engages in many programs and services, including:

  • Anti-Cruelty Group
    • Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team
    • Cruelty Intervention Advocacy Program
    • Field Investigations and Response
    • ASPCA Forensic Services
    • Legal Advocacy
    • Strategy and Campaigns
  • Animal Health Services
    • Animal Poison Control Center
    • ASPCA Animal Hospital
    • Spay/Neuter Operations: Mobile and Stationary Clinics
  • Community Outreach
    • ASPCA Onyx and Breezy Shefts Adoption Center
    • Community Initiatives
    • ProLearning
    • Shelter Research and Development
    • Grants
  • Government Relations

The Humane Society of the United States distributes its income in the following ways:

  • Program Expenses 78.6%
  • Administrative Expenses 3.4%
  • Fundraising Expenses 17.9%

Charity Navigator Rating - The Humane Society of the United States

The 2012 HSUS Accomplishments include:

  • Provided Care for 100,000+ Animals, Including Pets Affected by Hurricane Sandy
  • Spared 110 Chimps from Use as Research Subjects
  • Banned Four Giant Snake Species as Pets Banned New Ownership of Dangerous Wild Animals in Ohio
  • Encouraged Amazon.com to Stop Selling Whale and Dolphin Meat
  • Banned Hound Hunting of Bears and Bobcats in California
  • Helped Land a Historic Judgment Against a Slaughter Plant
  • Defended a Law Against Selling Foie Gras from Force-Fed Ducks
  • Garnered Support from the Courts Across the Country
  • Expanded the Pets for Life Program to the West Coast
  • Led an Investigation that Helped Prosecute a “Big Lick” Horse Trainer
  • Convinced Corporations to Get Out of the Gestation Crate Business
  • Won Awards, Made News and Produced Videos

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