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ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law.
- Privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation
- More than 2 million supporters across the country
- Head quartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, with programs that extend an anti-cruelty mission across the country, recognized as a national animal welfare foundation
- Animal Homelessness
Keeping animals in homes is a challenging issue, either due to issues that prevent willing pet adopters from adopting pets or keeping their adopted animals in their homes. Common reasons that family-pets end up in the shelter system: economic issues (caring for a pet can be costly: vaccinations, medical issues, spay/neuter, routine vet checkup), behavioral issues (lack of awareness and access to behavioral training are often leading pets back into shelters) and housing concerns (rental properties or communities that restrict the pets that residents can have).
- Shelter Intake and Surrender
Every year, approximately 7.6 million companion animals arrive at one of the 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide. The majority of animals that enter shelters are: stray animals, animals rescued from cruelty, surrendered animals.
- Animal Cruelty (Dog Fighting, Puppy Mills, Animal Hoarding, Farm Animal Welfare, Horse Slaughter, Other Animal Issues)
- Rescue Work and Field Deployments
Help with investigations, forensic evidence collection and processing, rescuing animals and transporting them to safety, setting up temporary facilities to shelter and treat the animals, placing them with local shelters once they’re ready for adoption and providing legal services to ensure that those involved are brought to justice.
- Cruelty Intervention Efforts
The ASPCA’s cruelty intervention efforts in New York City are focused in three main areas: animal hoarding, emergency veterinary care for underserved communities and resources for domestic violence survivors. Referrals are made for pet owners with mental health, financial or structural barriers that prevent them from providing necessary care to their pets. The ASPCA works with clients to find the best possible resolution for the animals involved.
- Animal Protection
-Spay/Neuter-performs spay/neuter operations on both coasts, and shares best practices with shelters nationwide
-Safety Net- Identify reasons people are relinquishing their pets and provide solution for keeping pets in homes
-Los Angeles Initiative- On the West Coast, the ASPCA works with L.A. County animal shelters to prevent and manage shelter intake
-Public Policy- Works with all levels of government to help enact and enforce protection laws
-Legal Advocacy- Assists with animal cruelty investigations to provide a voice for animals in court
-NYPD Partnership- The ASPCA has partnered with NYPD to shelter, treat and place all victims of animal cruelty within NYC
Please check out the ASPCA website at: https://www.aspca.org