In a recent blog post titled, “Spotlight on Charity: The Fight Against Animal Cruelty”, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) is named as one of only 23 local charities in 20 states to receive Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating, it’s highest level. In light of recent scrutiny of charitable organizations that has left many donors feeling wary, HSTB’s inclusion as one of America’s Best Animal Charities demonstrates to the public that the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is worthy of their trust.

In the Wallet Hub post, author John Kiernan makes the case for supporting animal charities, despite the current economic climate that may cause some individuals to hang on to their hard-earned dollars. For all that animals give to us, he points out, we have a responsibility to give back to them, especially since they “can’t speak for themselves” and are “at the mercy of man”. He promotes being smarter about what organizations we give to, to ensure that our donations are being handled with integrity.

2012 marked the fourth consecutive year that HSTB received a 4-Star Rating. According to Charity Navigator, receiving four stars signifies an organization’s adherence to good governance, fiscal responsibility and minimizing the chance for unethical activity. For the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to receive the highest score year after year is a notable achievement.

“Only 6% of the charities we rate have received at least four consecutive 4-star evaluations,” said Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO. “[This indicates] that Humane Society of Tampa Bay outperforms most other charities in America.”

“We are proud to have been recognized for the integrity with which we treat our generous donations,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “We are committed not only to helping animals, but to protecting the resources we are given by following the highest ethical standards and best practices.”

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