Amid a believed $20 million funding shortfall, the Humane Society of the United States has laid off 55 staff members. These staffers make up approximately 10% of HSUS's staff.

Layoffs will be followed by the Nov. 18 closing of the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts, which costs approximately $750,000 annually. 

However, HSUS has reportedly put $150 million into offshore funds and 42 of its' staffers are making six-figures. Millions of HSUS's dollars have also been devoted to lobbying campaigns. 

With less than 1% of HSUS's funding going to animal shelters, according to Charity Navigator, HSUS spends 57.6% of it's budget on public policy.