Pay Money or Hell to Pay?


Animal protection organizations, like all NGOs, rely on the generosity of donors to operate and to survive.

Unfortunately, most animal organizations must pay salaries, leases, rents, telephone, internet, insurance, office supplies, travel, printing, postage, advertising, media buys, television ads, etc, before a dime actually gets spent on programs and campaigns.

Factor in the costs of fundraising, and the animals only receive pennies on the donated dollar.

The larger the organization, the greater the overhead, the larger the salaries, the higher the rents, the greater the expenses for fundraising. The less per donated dollar that ends up working for the animals.

Local rescues and small animal protection organizations are primarily run by volunteers. More of the dollars they receive go to animals and animal programs than do the dollars that are raised by professional fundraising companies for giant, national, bureaucratic organizations.

When you give $20, be sure it actually buys a sack of dog food. Make sure your $30 neuters a cat, your $50 spays a dog, rather than having it pay some bureaucrat to sit at a desk for an hour.

Better yet, buy a trap and capture feral cats, neuter and release them. Feed homeless dogs, free animals in shelters, foster and rehome them, Or, you could line the pockets of those in the fundraising business.

If you support animal rights, you could donate to the Nonhuman Rights Project, one of the only true animal rights organizations in the world. Or you could support this blog, Armory of the Revolution, the most radical animal rights blog on Earth.

Please do something. Please help. Please put you money where your heart is.

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8 thoughts on “Pay Money or Hell to Pay?

  1. They send out so many e-mails asking for money, barking up the wrong tree, wasting people’s time. Why don’t they do some profiling and approach the wealthy?

    12/10/2010 – I received a “thank you” from for completing their online application. The e-mail said they were “excited” to review my submitted information. It said that if they found that I met their minimum qualifications, I should hear from them “to continue the application process,” but I never heard from them. The e-mail said that in the event that I was not contacted I was welcome to “reapply in 30 days.”


  2. I think it is hard to know what organizations to trust as much as exactly how donations are spent. I am very concerned about the pressure of allowing trophy hunting in national parks. From the things I have been reading, I don’t think I can trust either the park management, or the government agencies like fish and wildlife or many of the environmental organizations.
    For the last few years, I have been getting all sorts of emails and mails from National Wildlife Federation filled with news of their activities to save national parks, water sources and the plight of animals. Then last week they sent out their end of year email summing up their accomplishments and I almost fell off my chair when I clicked a link and saw the entire site devoted to hunters and hunting!


  3. What you say is true. The big organizations have many more expenses, and unfortunately, the search for top CEO talent is competitive and tends to result in large salaries. It would be nice if the heads of animal charities, whose recipients are the poorest and least powerful among us, would be more eager to sacrifice a little to help them.

    Maybe in an ideal world, animal advocates would be willing to live for a few years without any extras in order to allow their organizations to have more funds for the animals. I’ve heard that Ingrid Newkirk slept in the PETA office when first starting the organization, that she makes less than $40,000 a year, and that she does not own a vehicle. If true, she would be a good example.

    But there are a number of things we can look at in judging where the money is going. Sites such as the Charity Navigator reveal how the organizations are rated on a number of things, such as their fundraising and the allocation of those funds. There are also some cautions in doing so. For example, some organizations are downgraded for spending too much on fundraising, but in some cases they are relatively new or small organizations that have to compete for attention with the well-known groups, and thus spend extra for advertising. However, I believe organizations who call for donations should use volunteers and not telemarketing firms who will take most of the money. I always ask the callers their status.

    The big organizations also do more things than most local shelters who rely on volunteers. Those that do large rescues need trucks, trailers, skilled help, including veterinarians to do sedation, along with huge containers and fork lifts that can move bears, big cats, etc. They also advocate for many more species and cruelty issues than most local shelters and require a specialized workforce, often with advanced degrees.

    Mercy For Animals, a wonderful organization that gets high ratings, including being called one of the top three animal charities by the Animal Charity Evaluators, does great investigative work and vegan advocacy but does not conduct rescues or run sanctuaries, and thus their use of money can be more concentrated.

    I remember seeing a comment online that one sanctuary, who relies on a lot of volunteer help, could not possibly be spending so much money on food, raising concern about honesty and/or careless spending. But sanctuaries rescue and save animals who have been abused, neglected, and injured. Thus, the animals frequently need expensive veterinary care. Sanctuaries also have significant populations of animals who live longer than they would in the wild because they are safe and well cared for. Thus sanctuaries also have to deal with many geriatric medical problems.

    I guess when we care about animals and support organizations/sanctuaries in other states or lands, we have to do the research and try to make the best choices for the animals.

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  4. As usual you are right on. You are the ultimate Wordsmith and the most articulate champion of animal rights. I thank you for everything you have done in 2016 and I look forward to everything you will do in 2017.

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