RSPCA: Saving a hamster costs £1,400

Now how is that for an opening calculated to make one enemies? You have heard of $25,000 toilet seats for spacecraft, but did you know that for each animal the RSPCA saves, the average cost is about £1,400? That's $2,280 to the colonials across the pond. Where does the money go? To the pharmaceutical companies, lawyers, staff salaries and to other interesting expenses which we shall discuss here anon.

My curiosity was aroused a few months ago by a TV advertisement in which someone from the RSPCA, dressed in what looked to me like an admiral’s uniform, told us proudly that the RSPCA had managed to save the lives of five distressed horses, apparently with great difficulty. BUT, the admiral said, the cost had been £300,000 and so he was asking us, the viewers, to send funds to help the RSPCA repeat the experiment on other deserving creatures. Imagine how sick those poor animals must have been, to cost £60,000 each to bring back to health from death’s door. One can only imagine that the pharmaceutical companies and the vets involved had a wonderful Christmas that year. Why did they not put the animals to sleep and save them from all that misery?

If the idea of animal euthanasia shocks you, please note that last week we learned from the news media that over 9,000 perfectly healthy horses were put to death last year and another lot of 5,600 this year, again perfectly healthy thoroughbred horses passed through UK and Irish licensed horse abattoirs because their owners could no longer afford to keep them. And though everyone agrees that this is a sad state of affairs, no one goes beyond the expression of sympathy to suggest that a way be found to keep the horses alive. Their meat was either exported for human consumption, or was used in pet foods. Just so you know, one abattoir is said to process about 3,000 horses a year, every year.

Naturally, with so many abattoirs for horses available ready and able to provide humane euthanasia to unwanted animals and so many vets able to do the same with a hopefully inexpensive injection, why spend £60,000 on each of the poor horses in order to put them through what must have been a painful process of healing, when there are so many children in need who could have put those £60,000 smackers to good use?

Animal lovers give their money to the RSPCA and leave it legacies, sometimes depriving their own children of substantial sums, believing that their money will alleviate animal pain and will contribute to the humane treatment of animals, believing the advertisements they are inundated with. But is their trust in the RSPCA justified and would they do it if they knew where most of their money really went to?

I have visited the RSPCA web site and everywhere one looks, the RSPCA is asking for money. I typed “Audited Accounts” in their search engine and the resulting document should be essential reading for everyone thinking of contributing money to the RSPCA.

Simply put, they collect on average about 145,000 animals per year and they have expenses amounting to £124,152,000 (2008 accounts). That is One Hundred and Twenty Four MILLION pounds and some change. Where is this money spent? According to their own breakdown:

Governance (sic) costs £1,264,000

Freedom Food £2,434,000

Education & International £4,835,000

National Control Centre £7,049,000

Prosecutions £11,125,000

Campaigning, Media and Science £8,570,000

Support to branches £8,422,000

Cost of generating funds £22,519,000

Animal establishments £25,005,000

Inspectorate £32,929,000

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£124,152,000

I admit to being somewhat confused by the way this breakdown is presented, because I am just a poor peasant from the Midlands, but as ignorant as I am, I get suspicious when accountants become poetic (the Auditors fee is £81,000 by the way). Further down the auditors do not refer to cold and heartless expenses, but the heading of their expenses list is

“Charitable activities to further animal welfare:”

Then

“Total direct costs of furthering animal welfare:”

Surely the exclusive function of the RSPCA is to further animal welfare, so why use these headings when describing the expenses? The expenses could not possibly be for any other purpose and could not possibly include trips abroad for a chosen few staying in five star hotels. Could they?

Anyway, the essence is this: The RSPCA takes in about 145,000 animals per year at a cost of £124,152,000. This means that every animal they collect (not save) costs about £850. Just think about this for a moment.

Oh, and by the way, if you think that the RSPCA does not condone euthanasia, according to the annual Trustees Report 60,203 miscellaneous creatures were put to death in 2008 by the RSPCA (66,489 in 2007).

“These figures include animals destroyed for medical reasons and other humane destructions. Other destructions of healthy animals only occur with great reluctance when there is no reasonable possibility of rehoming. The Society is opposed to long-term confinement of animals which cannot be rehomed as this can cause distress and suffering to the animals concerned.”

Now if out of 145,000 animals collected, 60,000 were euthanized, then only 85,000 animals left were actually saved. Therefore, £124,152,000 divided by 85,000 animals saved, equals £1460. Let’s be generous and say that euthanasia for a hamster costs £60, that leaves an actual true cost per animal saved of £1,400.

You will be pleased to hear that donated income last year increased by £1.1m to £36 million. However, according to the audited accounts, the cost of collecting these donations was £22.5 million pounds.

You will also be pleased to hear that no remuneration is paid to the chairman of Council or other Council members. However, reasonable expenses such as travel, subsistence, telephone, postage and incidentals are reimbursed and in 2008 they amounted to a total of £139,314. So we are asked to contribute to the support of the RSPCA, but the Council members want to be reimbursed for telephone calls? Why do they not consider that part of their own contribution to animal welfare I wonder?

Finally, you will again be pleased to learn that your money helps to support over 1,500 employees of the RSPCA, nine of them averaging about £65,000 per year, four of them £75,000, two £85,000 and two £100,000. That’s a lot of cat litter.

In my opinion, if you want to help animals, please give financial support to your local kennels, the small ones that are operated only by volunteers.

Sources:

RSPCA

BBC: Irish racehorses led to slaughter as recession bites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12682680


Animal Friends Horse Insurance: Ponies abandoned in Wales as prices plummet

http://www.animalfriendsequine.co.uk/news/horse-welfare/ponies-abandoned-in-wales-as-prices-plummet/

Dimitris Mita

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I do not own an animal and will not contribute to account for others neglect,though i know in the U.S. I pay tax dollars to dog pounds.;)


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June McEwan 5 years ago from The Works 8 Mitchell Street Crieff Scotland PH7 3AG

Interesting. I am a member of the Scottish SPCA, who also loose out to the RSPCA through people thinking the 2 charities are one and the same.

However, I still have a lot of faith in the old established charities as experience counts and at least they have some clout with the establishment. Management issues have seeped into all the nooks and crannies of society and not in a good way.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Bryan,

I would not mind contributing to a kennel club operated by volunteers. But to give to these people, never :-)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

June,

Thank you for taking the trouble to read. In my personal opinion, the RSPCA's audited accounts speak volumes to anyone able to see.

I had omitted, but now corrected the omission, to support small private kennels run by volunteers. They are the true animal lovers in my opinion.

I am afraid I do not share your faith in established charities, because experience has to be accompanied by intelligence, practicality and above all absolute honesty. After the Haiti earthquake I saw one charity loading water bottles to air freight to the stricken area. The cost of the purchase of the water and the freight would have allowed them to buy several ship's water-makers which would have produced endless amounts of water for the needy, straight from the sea. As it was, the charity took advantage of the trust of the contributors to squander the contributors' generosity shamelessly. And they were so ignorant, they had brought TV cameras into their warehouse to brag about what they were doing!

Thanks for passing by :-)


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June McEwan 5 years ago from The Works 8 Mitchell Street Crieff Scotland PH7 3AG

There are 2 kinds of volunteers. People who can afford to be and people who need experience, although all good people, an element of the professional and qualified is necessary...or you may end up with more problems costing more money or worse...more animals!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

June,

I respect your opinion. However, I reserve for myself the right to my own beliefs and these beliefs include the positon that unwanted animals should be humanely put down, instead of being used as a source of income for some so called animal lovers. This way, available charitable funds can be concentrated in looking after children and the needy.

Just my own feeling on the matter. Certainly not for everyone :-)

REMEBER -

COST OF GENERATING FUNDS: £22,519,000 !!!!

I call that insane. But then it is my own personal opinion. I might be wrong :-)


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Don't know what to say, except that I read your informative hub, and wonder how when one contributes to any charity, human or animal, that the money is really put to use honestly. I used to sponsor when in my 20's a child from China, and the passing thought has occured maybe I ought to do this again, but, I am much more cautious these days.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I think you might have a point there. Thanks for a very interesting, and enlightening article.


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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

Well done, DG! This hub should be published on a platform guaranteed to reach the RSPCA. Why don't you send it to the newspapers? Or perhaps there are RSPCA members lurking around on HP?


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Marie,

When I see the thoughtless, senseless waste of the people in charge of charities I become infuriated. Please read my example above your comment regarding Haiti. It is not enough for people in charge to care. They MUST be competent and MUST be intelligent as well!

Thanks for passing by Marie :-)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Christopher,

I thought of you when I was writing this because I know that you are an animal lover and I thought that you might not like it. I am pleasantly surprised by your response, thanks :-))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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FP,

Actually I did sent it to a satirical paper and the response I received was a classic example of how people get brainwashed into accepting the unacceptable:

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Sorry, I’m afraid I don’t think this is a piece for us. For one thing, your calculations fail to take into account all the costs of educating and advising people to look after animals better, which is a significant part of their work. (NO, THIS COST, ACCORDING TO THE RSPCA ITSELF IS SHOWN IN THE AUDITED ACCOUNTS AND IT IS JUST £4,835,000 - OUT OF THE £124,000,000!!!)

I don’t see any problem with them paying staff salaries – of course they should ( HOW IS THAT FOR MISSING THE POINT? IF SALARIES IS £60 MILLIONN POUNDS AND THE COST OF COLLECTION OF FUNDS IS £22 MILLION AND THE COST OF OFFICES & .... SHE SIMPLY DOES NOT GET IT) - but you mention pharma companies in your intro, then fail to explain. Do you just mean vets bills? Or is there something you forgot to say? (IF I GO INTO IT ANY FURTHER ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF PROFIT FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND POSIBLE COMMISSIONS THEY MAY OR MAY NOT PAY, I SHALL FIND MYSELF IN COURT, BEING ASKED TO PROVE MY THEORIES AND I CANNOT AFFORD TO DO THAT!) :-)))))

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So, Dear FP, if you have any contacts with newspapers at your end, feel free to offer the article for publication. NO CHARGE - NO FEE REQUIRED!!! :-)))


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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

Hmmm...maybe you need to do an expose on the Press next! :D


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Your points are well taken in this enlightening article, dimi, but regarding your experience with that unnamed satirical paper, one cannot educate he or she who refuses to learn. That may be the issue with the RSPCA. And perhaps with the SPCA in the states as well.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I used to work for a big organisation. (London Underground), and it is amazing how costs get inflated in big badly audited organisations.

I was once told not to get a bulb changed, as it would cost twenty thousand pounds.

I expect the RSPCA is similar. They just let themselves get milked by contractors.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

FP - I would not dare to go against so much wisdom and intelligence :-))))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

DRBJ Sweetheart, someone who works for a satirical paper and who cannot grasp the satire of an organisation which saves animals at a cost of £1,400 EACH, is a unique gem! :-))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Christopher,

The management receives those high salaries because they are supposed to be able to avoid getting milked! If they ARE milked, then they are either incompedent, or the milking might be done with their cooperation. In either case, a satirical paper whould be interested in finding out which is the truth in this instance :-)))


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

I totally agree with you, Dim - support your local shelters and folks who save animals for real! They are the ones who are the 'saints' of the animal world.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I'm an animal lover who has supported the Humane Society and occasionally, others. But somewhere along the way, I got to thinking: why is it they send out a stream of gifts as enticements to get people to send donations? Where do the funds for those things come from and why aren't they being used for the purported purpose: to help animals? These things are everything from lap 'throws' to tote bags to personalized labels to t-shirts. I still use and enjoy my Humane Society coffee mug with my name on it. Granted those things are not all that expensive, considering that they're made in some country in factories using child labor at a fraction of a minimum wage; but besides all that, there's the printing, postage and the manpower to send out all that, which may or may not ever be used and may or may not bring in any donations. And for those on the receiving end, there are mountains of junk mail being generated which must be disposed of and will help fill up the landfills, not to mention all the trees to make the paper. And every solicitation has a LOT of paper filled with a LOT of printing and heart-rending stories about mistreated animals.

Of course, you are right that surely local animal shelters manned by volunteers are different. It is just the mega groups who collect large donations, get the tax breaks and have the infrastructure who can afford those "costs of generating funds", which include a lot of financial help and backup for the humans who are in a position to decide how to use the funds generated!

You.ve presented it all succinctly and made your points crystal clear, DG.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Insane Person, I get furious at all the people who might appear to take advantage of the kindness of others to live a cushy life for themselves.

I am furious at people who offer their services for 'free' as Board Members, yet they manage to come up with expenses of almost £140,000, or $224,000 in your money.

And I am even more furious at mediocre members of te fourth estate, who cannot see further than their noses and so allow this kind of thing to go on unchecked!

SHAME ON THEM ALL I SAY, BUT SHAME ON THE PRESS EVEN MORE!

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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Nellieanna, the RSPCA puts to death over 60,000 animals per year. This is their own admission. Out of the 145,000 animals they collect, they save only 85,000. If they took the truly humane decission to euthanise ALL the animals they collect over the next three to five years, the there would be no need for the RSPCA, because only people who truly love animals would end up owning them.

My wife and I found a kitten in the forest, left to die by some 'person'. The RSPCA did not want it, so we have kept it, 'fixed' it at considerable cost in order not to perpetuate the problem and we are feeding it at a cost of $25 per month. THAT is our contribution to animal welfare. I am not giving a cent for some admiral's wages, and for contributing to the waste of £300,000 to save 5 horses.

HYPOCRITES!

Oooof, I feel better now, don't you? :-))))))


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Yes, I read those statistics in your article and was appalled. I hadn't seen actual statistics on what goes one before.

Our local animal shelter gets a chance to show some of the animals needing homes on local TV so that people who want pets can adopt them. I admire that. The animals have gotten their shots and been spayed and cared for, so they are doing some good for them. But I am sure there is a lot of euthanizing going on, as well.

You've hit then nail on the head saying that people who truly love animals are the ones who should end up owning them. I consider it a commitment to have a pet. We had our two cats and honestly began to be concerned about what would happen to them when we were gone, they were so healthy and lived such long lives! It is heartbreaking to see when people just abandon their pets for one reason or another. Don't they realize when they get them, that it's for the long haul? Unlike kids who grow up and move out on their own, a domesticated animal is totally dependent on the humans who domesticate them.

Mankind is far too high-handed about wild creatures, anyway! It's horrendous. Then there are these exploiters who make profits off of them in one way or another and care little about the lives of the helpless animals - or the people who generously donate out of the goodness of their hearts, only to have their money used in every way but to help animals - except the human ones managing these scams. Yes - HYPOCRITS, indeed! I no longer support the big-business animal organizations, either.

Well -- I'd feel a lot better if there were better solutions for both humans and animals than the idiocy of so much going on!

Thanks for the reply, Dimitris - and for the article, too.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Fourteen hundred to save a hamster

Seems to me a blatant scam sir

Me thinks it may be worth our wile

To save their souls missionary style

Just feed 'em prayers and light some candles

Supply them robes and leather sandals

Pass out pamphlets sell a flower

Leave them to a higher power.

CP


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Nellieanna,

Thank YOU for taking the trouble to read this rant of mine. Letting off steam sometimes is the only way to resist taking up arms agains so much waste, accidental or otherwise, if you know what I mean.

And I am still in shock at the response from that satirical paper. It is an indication why things are they are, if people of their supposed inclination do not have the simple brains to read and comprehend facts in black and white as shown in actual audited accounts. I jsut cannot get over the mediocrities who rule over our lives.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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CP,

I was just writing to you on another hub, asking you if you could give me your opinion of the RSPCA as described here, and I come to find you already here. Thanks :-))

Saving their souls missionary style as you suggest might give some priests the wrong idea :-)))))

Thanks for making me laugh again today :-)


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Amanda Severn 5 years ago from UK

This does not surprise me in the least. The larger the charity, the greater the opportunity for cash to fall through the cracks. Unfortunately there is a positive epidemic of 'responsible' people lining their pockets at the expense of the kind-hearted and gullible general public. You mention Haiti, and I know that millions of pounds were sent to charities to help those stricken people. Yet, more than one year on it's hard to see what it's been spent on.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for adding another voice of sanity to this. \i sm glad I got this off my chest :-)


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Dimi this is an amzing hub. You have obviously spent a lot of time and trouble to research this sorry topic. Thank you. I recently had to visit a local animal shelter to look for a friend's lost dog. it was very upsetting and made me cry. The look of distress on the faces of these poor abandoned ex pets was so distressing to see. I agree it would be kinder to put them to sleep. Shame on us humans to reduce such faithful creatures to this level.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

What a great hub! Its simply amazing me to that so much is spent on animal welfare, when there is still so much devastation in the world with so many needing help. Don't get me wrong I am a big supporter of protecting animals, but looking at this, if I was ever going to donate money it would be to my local kennels, who will need the money more. thanks for the information I found it to be a fascinating read


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Raye, the odd thing is that it did not require any effort at all. All I did was to look at their audited accounts, having in mind their own ad about saving 5 horses for £300,000. Simple. All the more reason why some people should be able to get it more easily, instead of saying that "wages are justified".

Thanks for passing by Kid :-)


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lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

This is a most informative article. I respect the research you did. You know that I love and adore animals, more than most people and it is nausiating to think that this organization and others like it are profiting greatly at the expense of sickly and abused animals. This is a disgrace. It doesn't surprise me though when I see how the medical and legal pill pusher industry profits immensely off of the misery of humans. What an eye opener this hub is. I never donate to charities anyway, at least with money. I would rather give my time and hands on help. If that isn't good enough for them, then to hell with them. I will be sure to pass this article on to all of my friends. Thank you. Keep them honest Mr. De Greek!!!!!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow, that is an eye opener about RSPA being so charitable. By the way, when they sent horses to be butchered surely they get paid some money for them? Don't tell me they do it charitable. hahaha


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hi Lisa,

I am pleased to read that you have similar thoughts on the subject as I. I think that it is horrible to keep animals in cages under any excuse, waiting for someone to come and pay the RSPCA in order to take away an animal, hopefully to be kind to it. But by definition, at least 145,000 animals every year are NOT looked after.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Friend HH,

The thousands of horses put to death last year and this year were all healthy, thoroughbred horses which were sent to abatoirs by their owners who could not afford to keep them. The RSPCA did not and could not take care of take of them and were not involved in this :-)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

Thank you for writing on one of many abuses by charities. People often give to large charities because it makes them feel good to think they are doing something for the animals, the children, the environment, etc.

The "overhead costs" for many of these is unreal. I won't give to most large charities because the amount per dollar that actually gets spent helping is so small.

I don't begrudge someone a salary... but there are salaries, then there are SALARIES. If everyone did as you suggested and looked for places in their community to send their money, I really believe the world would be a better, and less corrupt place.

Up, useful... and shared.

Thank you for reminding us that we CAN do something (like you and your wife, with your new little kitty), but that we need to make sure the something we are doing really DOES make a difference to those we are trying to help!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hi there sueroy333, nice to see you! That waen't so hard now was it? :-))

I am gland you agree. Personally I can accept a charity with overheads of about 10%. But a charity with 50% - 90% overehads, is not a charity but a self help project for those involved. :-)))


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

No, it wasn't. If you can believe it, I only edited once! :)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

My Hero!!! :-))))


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Great Hub, Sir Dimitris! I have a sort of built in mistrust of charities anyway, so you info doesn't really surprise me. In addition to the wastefulness of spending so much on saving animals I have a problem with the amounts spent on pet food and medicines and pet accessories - these be better used to feed starving children or help people in other sorts of need.

Thanks for the interesting read.

Love and peace

Tony


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Unfortunately most big charities in the UK are now run like corporate businesses, paying high salaries and paying out for swanky offices, all of which contributes to less of the money collected going to the cause. Also, there really is no incentive for any of these charities to actually solve the problems, as if they did they would be doing themselves out of a job. If you look at all the homeless charities, surely all that money collected could have built every homeless person in the UK a house by now? There is even a homeless charity that has been set up purely to educate and advise other homeless charities??

Also, for a nation of supposed animal lovers, too many people in the UK are very ignorant when it comes to animal welfare and can be very cruel. Far more checks need to be put into place before people can own pets, and there should be rules such as all kittens and puppies being neutered before they are passed on to new owners, unless you are a registered breeder.


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chim4real_2006 5 years ago

Very informative and interesting article.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Friend Tony,

I am glad you agree with me. The more I learn, the more disgusted I become with the experts who take advantage of the kindness of ordinary kind people.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

CMHypno

The UK is full of kind and generous people who are daily taken advantage of by people and organisations which have only their own personal interest at heart. I agree with all your points.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

chim4real_2006

Nice to meet you and thank you for your kind words :-)


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D.G. Smith 5 years ago

HMMMM!

Not to seem opportunistic but....

If any one has a hamster that needs saving I can do it for half the cost stated!

I mean just saying (-;


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

No, no, some small-minded people might call it opportunistic, but I call it sound business sense, D. G. Smith :-)))

So would the RSPCA, I imagine :-)))


lisadpreston 5 years ago

We all know that charities and foundations are set up for no other reason than to make money, shelter money, and rip people off. Good indication that some people should be neutered. Sadly, animals have more common decency than humans.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Lisa my love, you feel a bit violent today! :-))

Thanks for passing by again :-)


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lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Just a bit, yes! LOL.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

1. As much as I think puppies and kittens are cute and deserve to be treated nice, I think people sleeping in gutters moaning the agony of infected teeth and dreams haunted by the trauma experienced while in service to their country deserve ALL of that money.

2. I think it's funny that they claim to be so humane. "Humane" at it's root, being "human." So, it's about treating the critters as a human would want to be treated. Miserable as being penned up is, I don't know too many humans who, when put in a cage for six months, would prefer death to waiting another six months, or six years, to get out.

3. I'll stop. LOL. Good work, and nicely researched, with just the right tone to keep from being preachy like I started doing right here. :D


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

John I was really furious with a reporter from a satirical paper who just could not grasp the simplicity of this story and tried to justify the RSPCA to me. It is because of people like her that the RSPCA and others like them get away with spending £1,400 per critter 'saved'.


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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

getting very hot under the collar on this one !

RSPCA ! Firstly Jobs for the boys.Absolute parasites who desperately seek animals in order to sell them on to a simplistic public, Can't read any more comments as I detest the RSPCA and others who use animals for profit. However there are many wonderful people who have animal sanctuarys without making any profit and indeed have many personal losses. I think most charities are extremely dubious with the exception of the ones who don't TAKE any expenses ,thanks for very excellent hub,jandee


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Jandee! A kindred spirit, no less! ;-)))) You sound ready to beat up any number of sinners, so I shall step carefully and just say thank you for your support ;-)))


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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello De Greek, thanks for reply and have a nice week-end,jandee


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I just had to stop by to give you a hug. H_U_G.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Ahhhhhhh...... hug you back. Now get back to finishing those accounts!!!! ;-))))


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

OK,OK! I am! hehe. Your command is my wish. - or - sumthin'. :-)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

A brilliantly organised hub. I found it chilling. I agree with your last statement concerning privately run rescue centres.

Thank you.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Lorne S. Marr, I hope that you are not angry at me! :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Twilight Lawns thank you for the "brilliantly" bit and for visiting :-)


gabriela 5 years ago

teamo


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cameciob 5 years ago

De Greek, my mom and my sister had to sell their house, get an expensive mortgage to buy another one with a big backyard because they wanted to save 5 (FIVE) dogs. And they did. Later, my mome saved two cats too. I too took a homless dog and took care of it. Nobody gave me a penny. No one spent a dime to educate me to save animals. But I've seen big ads in the newspapers asking for donations for some big corporation to save animals. That newspapers got lots of money for hosting the ad. So, no wonder they rejected your article. They are payed to protect them.

Your article is very interesting. I've never thought how they spend their money.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks, Cameciob, you make an excellent point :-)


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I decided long ago that any charity that would waste money on TV ads designed to make viewers cry and open their pocketbooks didn't need MY money. I also stopped buying Girl Scout cookies after learning most of the money goes to pay the inflated salaries of execs in the local councils and not to fund camping trips for the girls themselves.

From working with a budget consultant at a national organization, I learned that salaried fundraisers historically **never** raise much more than the amount of their own salaries, which pretty much negates the purpose of having them on the payroll in the first place. Therefore, if you were to dig a bit deeper, you'd probably find that a good part of that £22,519,000 under "Cost of Generating Funds" was salaries paid to fundraisers.

Glad to know you're still stirring things up, DG! You do it so well! ;D


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

And I am glad to see taht we share the same views on this, Joanna :-)


SilverGenes 4 years ago

I missed this one! The headline along with the photo got my attention right away. I had no idea the budget worked out like this, although as JamaGenee pointed out, the commercials were my first tipoff that perhaps they didn't need my money. Once again, you hit the nail on the head. We have two furry creatures at our house and both were rescued. The way the RSPCA is squandering money is a disgrace!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

SilverGenes - we have to stop meeting like this ;-)))

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