When I got my dog and registered her with the AKC, I was immediately put on to mailing lists for all sorts of animal charities.
I am all for animal charities. I love animals, love organizations who help them. I would love to give millions of dollars to them every year but I can’t. I can manage to give about $100 total to the HSUS and to my local humane society and that’s probably more than I should afford.
Inbetween sending checks each year, I get a barage of mailings from the HSUS (and all the others), which usually include stickers, personalized notepads, address labels, notecards, t-shirts and even an umbrella. All of them with notes telling very sad animal stories, begging me to donate and making me die a little bit inside…
Anyway…this stuff can’t be cheap, can it? I’m sure it helps people re-donate when they get these little incentives, and some of the items will definitely help marketing - but is the cost to send this stuff out worth it to the organization?
I like to think that these organizations get their stickies and do-dads for next to nothing, as a donation from stickie-and-do-dad-making companies and it doesn’t compete with their spay-and-neutering budget but a part of me thinks that’s the case.
What’s the straight dope on all of this junk I get in the mail? Does it cost the HSUS more than $100/year to send it to me? While I like the stuff they send, I am sort of inclined to ask them to knock it off - for their sake.
(by the way…it’s not just animal charities who do this. I have a drawerfull of stuff from the United Way too, and the Association for the Blind sent me an umbrella!)