History of the ASPCA

In 1863, Henry Bergh witnessed work horses beaten by their peasant drivers. On his way back to America, a visit to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in London encouraged him to secure a charter not only to incorporate the ASPCA but to exercise the power to arrest and prosecute violators of the law.

Back in New York, Bergh pleaded that "these mute servants of mankind" at a February 8, 1866, meeting at Clinton Hall. He argued that protecting animals was an issue that crossed party lines and class boundaries. Bergh then wrote the "Declaration of the Rights of Animals" which convinced the New York State legislature to pass the charter incorporating the ASPCA on April 10, 1866. Nine days later, the first effective anti-cruelty law in the United States was passed, allowing the ASPCA to investigate complaints of animal cruelty and to make arrests.

What is the ASPCA and what does it do?

The ASPCA is dedicated to fulfilling the ASPCA mission through nonviolent approaches. The organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. They encourage the humane treatment of all animals and to prevent cruelty being inflicted upon them. The ASPCA does everything they can to ensure that all animals are being looked after. They want everyone in our area to know how to look after their animals and give them the love and respect they deserve.
First and foremost they are here for the animals.

How has the ASPCA impacted/changed the community?

The ASPCA has had and continues to have a huge impact on communities in the world. From stopping animal cruelty to providing homes for millions of animals, they have made the "animal world" a better place. Without the ASPCA there would be a lot more deaths with animals due to dog fights or lack of care. They provide animals with the love and care they deserve. They also change the community by providing families in the community with new pets which ultimately makes for a better and more fun family life.

Statistics on Animal Cruelty

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Interesting facts about animals

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.

Get involved with the ASPCA & Donate Today!

Every single day of the year, they rescue animals from a lifetime of cruelty, violence and pain. Your support makes it possible to create those happy endings. We are their voice!
Life on a Chain: The ASPCA Working to End Dogfighting