The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom has determined that the Humane Society of the United States used 50 cents of every donated dollar on non-welfare activities. The HSUS has a disproportionate cost for fundraising, overhead, lobbying and support of an $11 million pension plan.

The revelation was made following a review of the 2009 Federal income tax return submitted by the organization. The American Institute of Philanthropy has assigned a “D” rating to HSUS. Charity Navigator awarded only one star out of four to HSUS for organization and efficiency.

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"Animal lovers need to know the difference between HSUS and real humane societies,” said Humane Watch spokesperson David Martosko. “The only way to be sure your donations will help homeless dogs and cats is to give to organizations in your own communities.”