Aaron and I have been planning our wedding for over a year now.
As of today, we’re 107 days away from starting our life together and there’s so much left to do.
Being a farm girl, I couldn’t bring myself to hire someone to do anything I knew I could do myself.
Since I’m taking on so much of the wedding myself, I found several blogs and wedding forums for ideas and resources.
I downloaded this app for getting wedding advice from other brides but I never thought I would be sharing my agriculture story on it!
Last week, a bride posted a question asking if she should make a donation to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) instead of giving out wedding favors.
In case you don’t live and breathe wedding planning (which I hope you don’t, its making me crazy!), a new trend is to donate to a charity instead of giving your guests favors.
I resisted the urge to jump on my soapbox as soon as I saw this post because I wanted to see how others would respond.
Did other brides know the truth about HSUS? Did they think this donation would help animal shelters? Did they know the contribution would support lobbying efforts against animal agriculture?
I watched other brides respond that they thought it was sweet and how much they loved their own shelter rescue dogs and cats.
That’s when I realized that these ladies had no idea what HSUS was all about. I had to set the record straight. So I posted:
“I think donating to an animal shelter is a great idea! Just make sure you donate to a local shelter.
The Humane Society of the United States is one of the most dishonest non-profits out there!
Their commercials show shelter puppies but they don’t own or operate any pet shelters. They really use your donations for lobbying! Its really sad with so many homeless animals out there!
If you donate to your local shelter then you know you’re actually helping animals in need.
If you want to know more about what HSUS really does you should check out www.HumaneWatch.org“
Suddenly, other brides started chiming in to support what I said.
One person explained that they had volunteered at a shelter in college and they relied only on the donations of the local community.
Another bride said she was asking her guests to buy gifts for a local pet shelter instead of the couple. She said she had registered at Pets Mart for dog food, kitty litter and other pet supplies because she wanted to make sure her guests didn’t accidentally give money to HSUS.
The bride who had originally posed the question said she had visited the Humane Watch website and was so appalled at what she learned that she would make her donation to a local shelter.
When I downloaded the Wedding 911 app, I never expected to be teaching people the truth about HSUS.
I never thought I’d have the chance to share the truth about an organization dedicated to putting family farms out of business.
Sometimes we don’t have to go looking for a way to stick up for farmers, sometimes it finds us in the most unexpected places.