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Heather M.
Heather M.

19 reviews

How much of a donation ( $$ wise) goes directly to the animals? I adore this charity and donate when prompted at stores, but curious at the percentage.
Rebecca B.
Rebecca B.
Sept. 2, 2013, 2:18 a.m.
It kind of depends on how you interpret "going directly to the animals". While there is a lot of money that goes into the operations of the shelters themselves, that money is going to benefit the animals in the end. Power, for example, ensures air conditioning and heating for the kennels. The shelter I've worked with uses extensive volunteer labor to ensure that as many animals as possible can be saved. Having said that, per charitynavigator.org the ASPCA spends about 36% of it's overall budget on fundraising. The local SPCAs spend quite a bit less then that. (Mine limits it's fundraising expenses to 10% of it's total budget). All of the rest of the money goes either directly to support the animals or to support outreach and educational programs that can prevent future cruelty. If you are concerned about where the money is going, you can always donate directly to your local SPCA, drop off goods (toys, collars, leashes, blankets) or better yet volunteer.
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Tabitha S.
Tabitha S.
June 5, 2013, 1:50 p.m.
I usually donate food or specific supplies/products that I know they need so I know the donation is going directly to the animals.
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Deborah Ann N.
Deborah Ann N.
Nov. 23, 2012, 2:02 p.m.
It depends on the Shelter, if it is City owned or independent.
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Jamie J.
Jamie J.
Nov. 9, 2012, 1:02 p.m.
It does depend on the shelter, the capacity, and the need.
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Jannette C.
Jannette C.
Nov. 2, 2012, 1:48 p.m.
I don't know the answer, but I honestly feel like not enough goes back. I constantly receive "donation incentives" in the mail, like note pads, address labels, etc., and see the commercials where the offer clothing and tote bags to those who donate. I wish they wouldn't waste the money providing incentives. If you're going to donate, you're going to do it strictly because of your love of animals and not because you get free stuff! The money could be better used providing health care or better homes for these animals. Not on us silly humans!!
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Katherine F.
Katherine F.
Oct. 21, 2012, 3:04 p.m.
I was told by the volunteer when I adopted from the SPCA that 90% percent of the adoption fee goes right back to the animals! Worth every penny :)
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Tyla G.
Tyla G.
Oct. 11, 2012, 12:51 a.m.
Depending on the town and the aspca i believe almost 100% goes towards them but ask to varify
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Kerry H.
Kerry H.
Oct. 10, 2012, 11:54 p.m.
it depends on the where you live but you can ask when you donate!
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Donna S.
Donna S.
Oct. 10, 2012, 7:45 p.m.
You would have to check with your local branch. The one in my county 75% goes directly to them
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Christy K.
Christy K.
Oct. 8, 2012, 9:10 p.m.
We just adopted a rescue during the month of sept it only cost us $20 thanks to Rachel Ray and her adopt a pet month, the money they raise goes towards supplies and necessities.
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Lisa L.
Lisa L.
Oct. 8, 2012, 2:04 p.m.
It depends on the group but you can ask they will be more than happy to tell you
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Sarah L.
Sarah L.
Oct. 6, 2012, 3:40 a.m.
I've worked at an animal shelter and a SPCA and although there is some help from larger organizations, the majority of donations come directly from the public either in monetary form or products. If you want to help animals in need I would recommend getting in touch with any local animal organizations and asking them for a wish list. Dropping of donations of products ranging from trash bags to copy paper to cat litter helps out in a huge way and plus since you're there you get see the facility and how your donations are directly making an impact.
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Janell B.
Janell B.
Oct. 5, 2012, 12:22 p.m.
It really depends on the group. The local ASPCA in the town I used to live in put all their money towards electricity, food, toys and beds for their animals. They had 100% volunteers run the shelter.
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Jessica C.
Jessica C.
Oct. 3, 2012, 1:42 p.m.
Like another person stated, it depends on the specific group, you can ask when you donate, or sponsor particular animals at most.
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Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K.
Oct. 3, 2012, 1:17 p.m.
It truly depends on which ASPCA shelter gets it and what their current needs are. If you are wanting to make sure your money is all directed to animals most recommend going to your local ASPCA shelter and donating food, toys, or time or asking to sponsor a sick animal.
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