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The HSUS Reacts to Leona Helmsley's Estate Being Divvied Among Non-Animal Organizations

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States issues the following statement in reaction to news reports that avid dog lover Leona Helmsley's estate will be divided primarily among non-animal charities in contradiction with her dying wishes:

"Giving less than one percent of the allocation to dog-related organizations is a trifling amount and not consistent with Leona Helmsley's expressed intentions," said Wayne Pacelle, The HSUS' president and CEO. "These resources could do tremendous good, as Mrs. Helmsley wanted, in promoting shelter adoption and spay and neuter programs, stopping puppy mills and dogfighting, and advancing other programs to help dogs. We've been in touch with interested parties and hope for a constructive resolution."

The Trust reported grants of $136 million, with only $100,000 going to a single animal welfare charity. Nine other organizations that train working animals for the benefit of people received grants, with all animal-related grants totaling $1 million, or less than one percent of all grant dollars.


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

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