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Chewy supports HSUS

Discussion in 'Canine News/Informative Articles' started by Rits, May 7, 2020.

  1. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Ugh, guess its time to stop ordering through Chewy.

    How Chewy Is Helping Animal Welfare Organizations Near You

    How Chewy Is Helping Animal Welfare Groups Near You


    Imagine that you love your pets with all your heart but have to make heart-breaking choices about how to best care for them due to lack of access to veterinary services or the cost of supplies. That’s a situation many face in the best of times; now in times of uncertainty, the need is even greater and the urgency of the problem makes the stakes even higher for thousands of pet parents. So, here at Chewy, we’re ramping up our level of support even more, and helping to get much-needed resources directly into the hands of millions of pet parents by joining forces with two important organizations.

    We’re teaming up with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and donating $1 million to expand food support for people and pets living in underserved communities through the HSUS's Pets for Life (PFL) and Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) programs. This partnership is the latest in a series of relief efforts to which Chewy is contributing; totaling more than $4 million in pet products donated across the country. As Chewy’s CEO (and pet parent) Sumit Singh, says, “Our goal is to help make sure that pets stay healthy, happy, and at home.”

    Here is what you need to know about these organizations and how you also can help.

    Humane Society of United States’s Pets for Life (PFL)
    Pets for Life is driven by social justice and guided by the philosophy that a deep connection with pets transcends socio-economic, racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries, and no one should be denied the opportunity to experience the benefits, joy and comfort that come from the human-animal bond. “This is especially true in a time when so many are feeling the stressful effect of COVID-19 on our economy and our homes. Our local partners around the country will ensure people have the food they need for their pets during this crisis. ” explains Amanda Arrington, senior director of Pets for Life for the Humane Society of the United States. There are many partner organizations across the country (see map). Learn more about Pets for Life.

    Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS
    RAVS is a mostly volunteer non-profit veterinary outreach program operating since 1995, delivering high-quality veterinary medical services to under-served rural communities by bringing veterinary field clinics and training to rural areas where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care otherwise inaccessible. “More economically vulnerable families will have access to high-quality veterinary services and pet essentials, and be able to provide for their pets during these difficult times. “These critical donations will save lives and keep pets in their homes,” says Windi Wojdak, RVT and senior director at Rural Area Veterinary Services. Learn more about RAVS.

    As a customer of Chewy or reader of this blog you probably already know that everyday here at Chewy we bring everything we have to the table to help pet parents give the world to their pets. We’re committed to fulfilling that promise now more than ever and we hope you will, when possible, join us in supporting these organizations or other local animal welfare groups. It’s going to take all of us giving what we can—donations, supplies, volunteering—to ensure that the pets who give us more than we could possibly ever give them, get what they need to thrive.

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  2. Panama

    Panama Hot Topics Subscriber

    OMG, I saw that and couldn't believe it. UGH
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  3. Logan 45

    Logan 45 $ Premium Subscriber $ $ Forum Donor $

    Is pet flow any better ? I know now many of the other companies are doing online orders Petco is. Tractor supply will ship to your house etc too.
  4. CRDobe

    CRDobe Notable member

    Not sure I understand?
    Edit to add: I live outside the US.
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  5. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    Im honestly not sure what the issue is either. But if it is anything political, then thats why lol. Is there something wrong with the organizations Chewy is supporting?
  6. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    10 Things You Should Know About HSUS - HumaneWatch

    10 Things You Should Know About HSUS

    Updated February 2020. For a printable handout of this information, click here.

    If you’re visiting this site for the first time–welcome! Here’s the full list of things you should know about the so-called “Humane Society” of the United States. It’s a story of financial malfeasance and misrepresentation. But the local humane societies across America are not affiliated with HSUS. So, do your research, but please try to help your local shelter. Click on the links for more information.

    10 Things You Should Know About HSUS

    1. HSUS raises millions of dollars from American animal lovers through manipulative advertising. An analysis of HSUS’s TV fundraising determined that more than 85 percent of the animals shown were cats and dogs. However, HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter and only gives 1 percent of the money it raises to pet shelters while sucking money out of local communities.

    2. HSUS’s own donors and local shelters feel wronged. A poll of self-identified HSUS donors found 80 percent thought HSUS “misleads people” about their connections to pet shelters and 75 percent were less likely to support the group when they found out the truth. And according to a poll of animal shelters most agree that “HSUS misleads people into thinking it is associated with local animal shelters.”

    3. HSUS puts more into its pension plan and Caribbean hedge funds than it gives to pet shelters. Between 2012 and 2014, HSUS put over $50 million in Caribbean investments while also putting nearly $10 million into its pension plan.

    4. While it raises money with pictures of cats and dogs, HSUS has an anti-meat vegan agenda. Speaking to an animal rights conference in 2006, HSUS’s then-vice president for farm animal issues stated that HSUS’s goal is to “get rid of the entire [animal agriculture] industry” and that “we don’t want any of these animals to be raised and killed.”

    5. HSUS executives have been accused of sexual harassment. In Feb. 2018, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle resigned after credible accusations that he had sexually preyed on staff members. His deputy, vice president Paul Shapiro, resigned the previous month after also being accused of sexual harassment. HSUS board member Erika Brunson shockingly blew off the allegations against Pacelle, telling the Washington Post, “We didn’t hire him to be a choir boy.” The board also voted to close an internal investigation into Pacelle, before public and donor outrage forced his resignation.

    6. In May 2014, HSUS was part of a $15.75 million settlement of a federal racketeering lawsuit. Feld Entertainment sued HSUS, two of its in-house lawyers, and others under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for bribery, obstruction of justice, fraud, and other torts. Court documents indicate that HSUS sent several checks as part of an alleged witness-payment scheme.

    7. HSUS’s senior management includes others who have voiced support for terroristic acts. Longtime HSUS chief policy officer Mike Markarian, who left in 2018, had written, “A perfect example of effective rebellion is an Animal Liberation Front raid on a laboratory.” HSUS food policy director Matt Prescott, meanwhile, has written, “I also believe in the actions of the ALF and other such groups.” (Prescott is a former PETA activist.) HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California meat processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.”

    8. HSUS receives poor charity-evaluation marks. CharityWatch (formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy) has issued several “D” ratings for HSUS over the group’s wasteful spending practices, including in its Winter 2019 guide. Additionally, the 2013 Animal People News Watchdog Report discovered that HSUS spends 55 percent of its budget on overhead costs.

    9. HSUS’ Former CEO endorsed convicted dogfighting kingpin Michael Vick getting another pet. After Vick got out of prison, former HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle told the press that he thought Vick “would do a good job as a pet owner.” This startling comment came after Vick’s new employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, made a $50,000 “grant” to HSUS.

    10. Given the massive size of its budget, HSUS does relatively little hands-on care for animals. While HSUS claims it “saves” more animals than any other animal protection group in the US, much of the “care” HSUS provides is in the form of spay-neuter assistance. In fact, local groups that operate on considerably slimmer budgets, such as the Houston SPCA, provide direct care to more animals than HSUS does.
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  7. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    HSUS is known for actually doing very little for rescues and time and time again have stated they would rather no animals are owned by humans.
    They give 1% of peoples charity money to rescues... What a joke.
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  8. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Petco owns Chewy and that's what their shipping service is. :(
  9. Logan 45

    Logan 45 $ Premium Subscriber $ $ Forum Donor $

    Maybe I’m mistaken but I thought petsmart bought chewy ?
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  10. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Oof you are right! I got the two mixed up. Thank you for the correction.

    I'll probably be ordering from Amazon now or finding a local store.
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  11. Logan 45

    Logan 45 $ Premium Subscriber $ $ Forum Donor $

    Tractor supply isn’t locally owned but they do Ship to your house.
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  12. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    Thanks for that info Rits. I don’t follow the news/ read as many articles as I should. Im glad I don’t rely on them for anything. We have a few great locally owned pet stores in my area.
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  13. Oh Little Oji

    Oh Little Oji Formerly Tad Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    I'm just curious: Is the SPCA bad too? (I'm not being sarcastic. I'm asking.) I see their TV commercials where they show animals that look about as pitiful as physically possible and ask for donations.
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  14. CRDobe

    CRDobe Notable member

    Thanks Rits, I had no idea.
  15. Ravenbird

    Ravenbird Notable member

    I don't donate anything to HSUS, or any other multi-million dollar organization, but I will say I saw them do a lot of good work for animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2004. A friend of mine wanted to volunteer to help, so I took care of her horses, dog & cat while she was gone. They flew her to one location, then the next hurricane (?name?) came in so they gave her a rental car to drive to Arkansas to work on a case of 100's of dogs being hoarded, some "stolen" from the Katrina rescues. I heard daily from my friend and she said she'd never been treated better as far as being housed and fed and car-rentals available etc etc. and when they needed 100 crates, they got 100 crates. They need tents, they got tents. Money was never an object when they called and said what they needed. They had 18-wheelers come to Louisiana with supplies for the fairgrounds that had become animal shelters. She did work her ass off for 3 weeks and with the millions they collect they could probably get more help if they would at least offer a bit of payment, but that wasn't the point. She just wanted to do something to help with the disaster. Money corrupts many good organizations. @Rits your info is important, I'm not disputing it, just wanted to share my personal experience.
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  16. Tropicalbri's

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    I refuse to support HSUS because of everything @Rits has shared.
    PETA is responsible for going into Pet Shows and releasing dogs from their kennels and most of the Show Venues warn owners/handlers in advance of a show to lock their dog’s cages and try not to leave them unattended and notify you that PETA is going to show up at these venues.

    When a group of people that claim to care about animals and then release those animals to fend for themselves is wrong on so many levels. They were responsible for releasing lab animals from their pens without a thought about how they could harm themselves and other animals, not to mention the possible harm to unsuspecting public.

    These people are lining their pockets from money you donate after watching these “play on people’s emotions” videos.
    You watch that and then feel terrible and wind up donating to them.
    Just think that $19 a month you agree to send buys someone a bottle of wine or something other than going to the animals.
    It’s a scam and occasionally they will do a highly public assistance to help out a damaged area where animals are displaced just to keep in the public eye as a worthwhile charity type business.
    They are a totally for profit organization.

    I prefer my money to go directly to local shelters where I know they will get the things they need.
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  17. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I heard about this a while back too and this is why most of my orders go to Petco instead. I reluctantly ordered once from Chewy since they were bought out and was very disappointed with the whole experience so I won't be doing that again.
    Yes, any of those damn commercials that do those things trying to tug at your heart strings are only out for the money. You know when you hear "it's only ____cents/per day but you must do it within the next 10 minutes" it's a big red flag.
    Last edited: May 8, 2020
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  18. Tropicalbri's

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    One of my friends donated monthly to the Military Vets and got a blanket as a gift for donating. It’s a good charity to support but when she showed me the blanket, I looked at the tag to see where it was made.
    I was pissed when I saw the tag MADE IN CHINA.:mad:

    The least the people involved in this charity for veterans is to make sure any items given to donors NEEDS to be MADE IN THE USA, not %#*^< China.
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