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ASPCA – American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

ASPCA – American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

ASPCA – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Founded in New York City in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has the distinction of being the first humane society in North America. Today, it’s still headquartered in NYC and has grown into one of the biggest humane societies in the world, and certainly one of the best known.

The mission of this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, as explained by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” Among the core ways the ASPCA accomplishes this, it rescues animals, maintains the ASPCA Adoption Center, runs a robust spaying/neutering program, and grants millions of dollars to animal welfare organizations.


In addition, the ASPCA website curates an extensive library of trustworthy, current pet care and health information. There are several article categories that are useful to people partnered with a hearing, guide, or service dog, including general pet care, dog care, and animal poison control. There are also sections for cat care, horse care, and pet planning.

Another section of the ASPCA website of interest is the page on animal-related news. Visit the News page for coverage of all sorts of topics, such as the latest pet research, new animal regulations and laws, holiday and seasonal pet health information, and lots more.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a worthy nonprofit that depends on charitable contributions from animal lovers in the public. If you’d like to make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation, visit the ASPCA website’s donations page.    

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