The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Since the ASPCA's founding as America's first animal welfare organization in 1866, ending cruelty has been its primary goal. The ASPCA has the experience, programs, people and prominence to build a better future for all companion animals. The ASPCA's ongoing national leadership in the fight to prevent cruelty and find permanent, loving homes for America's adoptable pets is supported by more than 1,000,000 members and donors from across the United States.
Member support helps the ASPCA fight cruelty and save the lives of countless adoptable animals through its pioneering animal welfare programs:
ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement investigates cruelty, arrests those accused and rescues animals from some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable.
ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and Adoption Center provides medical care and rehabilitation to rescued animals until the ASPCA finds them their forever homes.
ASPCA Behavior Center rehabilitates rescued and abandoned animals, and offers effective training tools to community pet parents, ensuring more animals stay in adoptive homes.
ASPCA Humane Education reaches out to children, teachers and parents across the country, encouraging kindness toward animals and respect for all walks of life.
ASPCA National Shelter Outreach works with thousands of animal shelters and rescue groups, just like those in your community, to find more effective ways to increase the number of successful pet adoptions and fight animal cruelty.
ASPCA Government Affairs and Public Policy works tirelessly to introduce and strengthen animal welfare laws.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, advising people whose companion animals may have accidentally ingested a harmful substance.
ASPCA CARES (Community-based Animal Resources, Education and Services) reaches out to underserved communities with free or low-cost spaying/neutering, vaccinations and other critical services.
Prevention of Cruelty
As the first American organization legally empowered to take a stand against the perpetrators of animal cruelty, the ASPCA continues to play a vital role in rescuing animals every day and bringing those who harm them to justice. The ASPCA's fight to end animal cruelty extends far beyond the streets of New York City. In 2005, ASPCA experts in humane law enforcement, shelter outreach and humane care teamed up to bring the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Training Initiative nationwide. To date, over 3,000 law enforcement professionals have been trained in topics ranging from blood sports and recognizing abuse to getting a conviction.To learn more about the ASPCA's fight to end animal cruelty, please visit www.aspca.org.
Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade and help get life-saving humane legislation passed.
Donate Now and join us in the fight to end animal cruelty.
The Adoption Center in New York City, placed over 2,100 cats and dogs into loving homes in 2005, a 9 percent increase over the previous year. On a national level, the ASPCA works with thousands of local animal shelters and rescue groups to find new, more effective ways to increase the number of successful pet adoptions. As a result, more animals are finding permanent, loving homes. To learn more about the ASPCA's adoption programs, please visit www.aspca.org.
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For more information on the ASPCA or any of its life-saving animal welfare programs, visit www.aspca.org.