Yesterday, HSUS announced via Twitter that they were going to contribute $5,000 toward the surgeries to help Fay -- a dog whose image and story they used for fundraising yet were not planning to actually help with the money.
Mutts-n-stuff, the organization that is actually caring for Fay, has confirmed this on their webpage.
First of all, congrats to all the voices out there that applied pressure on HSUS to do the right thing and fork over some money to help Fay (although, I'm not sure they didn't have to do it legally). And the $5,000 is only small part of the cost that it is going to take to fix Fay's lips -- so Mutts-n-Stuff is still seeking donations to help Fay -- and some of the other dogs they have taken in from the bust. So if you feel you really want to help Fay, or other dogs like her, you can contribute money to Mutts-n-Stuff, Humane Society of Missouri, MABBR, Our Pack, Bad Rap, Bless the Bullies, Butte Humane Society or any other group that has taken in these dogs.
Meanwhile, there's HSUS. While it is nice of them to give $5,000 to help Fay, that is just a drop in the bucket to the money needed to help these dogs. As the world's largest and wealthiest "humane" organization, they have a responsibility to help ALL of the dogs from this bust. There are 499 more dogs (at least 250 of which are going to be rehomed) that also need help. The $5,000 will just skim the surface on the overall need for help for these animals - and would be a drop in the bucket for an organization that brought in over $82 million in donations last year and over $150 million in cash and investment assets. Meanwhile, HSUS continues to raise money on the backs of the smaller local rescues and yet is not helping the dogs that are coming from these fighting operations.
HSUS, it is not enough to break up dog fighting rings and then leave the rehabilitation of the dogs to other organizations. The dogs need your help long after the fighting ring is broken up. And it is CERTAINLY not acceptable for you to raise money from people by making them THINK the money is going to the help "Animal Survivors" (it is even called the "Animal Survivor's Fund") when you're not caring for the animals -- and when other organizations really need that money to help them. It is not enough to give money to one dog from the fight bust when hundreds of others need help.
We need to expect and demand more.