Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

SPCA background

SPCA was organized in England in 1824. The primary reason it was organized was to prevent the abuse of carriage horses in the days before automobiles. Horses were driven through freezing cold winters and stiflingly hot summers, often with little food, water or rest. The carriage drivers were interested only in making as much money as possible, and would beat the horses if they refused to or were unable to pull the carriages.

Opening of the first SPCA in the United States

Tuesday, April 10th 1866 at 12pm

New York, NY, United States

New York, NY

The first SPCA in the United States was the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA), founded by Henry Bergh in New York in 1866

Community need for SPCA & its impact

SPCA helps communities by taking in animals that suffer from domestic violence, lack of shelter, and starvation. By doing this, it impacts the communities by giving these stray and abused animals a potential to find a loving home.


Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year and About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners.

Contact us

The Montreal SPCA
5215 Jean-Talon West
Montreal QC H4P 1X4
(Metro Namur)
Telephone : 514-735-2711, ext. 2**
Fax: 514-735-7448

Adoption Hours
Monday to Friday: 12:00 noon to 8 p.m.
Weekends: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m