By Will Coggin

Outlet: The Columbus Dispatch

Readers should ignore the self-serving appeal offered in the Thursday letter “Group attacks Humane Society” from Wayne Pacelle, chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States, which begged for donations.

There are much worthier charities for animal lovers to support.

Despite its name, the Humane Society of the United States is not affiliated with any local humane societies in Ohio or anywhere else. HSUS runs zero pet shelters, despite its advertising raining cats and dogs. The organization has consistently gotten “C” and “D” grades from the well-respected watchdog CharityWatch for high spending on overhead, including big executive salaries and pension plans.

Instead, the organization advocates for an agenda similar to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Simply put, the leadership of the Humane Society of the United States is more interested in lobbying for veganism than in hands-on care for animals.

People who want to help animals this holiday season should give to their local shelter. They can see their donation hard at work in their community — not shuffled off to support a bloated national group with a different agenda.