I never understood why people donate to, or request donations for, animal charities. I don't get it.
I remember the aftermath of Katrina, and I remember seeing the scenes of people trapped on their roofs. I remember people trying to find food. I remember people trying to get out of New Orleans, and out of the entire hurricane disaster area. It caused me to donate to the relief efforts.
A few days after Katrina I got an email from a coworker urging us to donate to some charity that was going to rescue the pets from the disaster area. What? When every dollar and cent was needed to help the people affected, someone was actually worried about dogs and cats? Please. I politely declined.
Since then I have been a staunch opponent of animal charities. Call me cold, I don't care. But I feel that until every shred of human suffering has been wiped out, then forget the animals. Let the animals fend for themselves. And while I can't stop other people from donating, nor can I stop the animal charities from spending money on animals, I can make sure none of my money goes to them. And if I get a say on where charitable money goes, then I argue against animal charities.
I feel I have been justified by this with reports on animal charities like the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS is notorious for showing sad pictures and video of homeless, neglected and abused pets, and then asking for donations to help them. They then take those donations and funnel them to lobbyist in Washington D.C. to fight against hunting and fishing. Sickening.
So my advice to anyone is never, ever give to an animal charity. Take that money and give it to fight breast cancer. Heart disease. Or better yet, to help underprivileged children. One child dying of hunger is more deplorable than infinite dogs or cats dying from anything.
P.S. I have 3 pet dogs, very well pampered, so keep your hate comments/email to yourself.