The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. Based in New York City since its inception in 1866, the organization's mission is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States."

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  • While you probably already know about the work we do with the ASPCA Foster Program, there’s another program here in New York City you may not have heard of—the ASPCA Office Foster Program. This program is unique to our offices here in New York City, and allows some of our adoptable cats, who may have never lived in a home before, an opportunity to live in a comfortable, domestic setting while the...

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  • In 2015, Humane Alliance, the nation’s leading training and education organization focused on high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services, became a program of the ASPCA. The public services and mentoring programs provided at this facility help pets across Western North Carolina, and make it possible for veterinarians, clinics, shelters and rescue operations to reach millions more at-risk anima...

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  • In early November 2017, several cats were brought to the ASPCA from an overcrowded living situation. Of these cats was Teteka, a small, one-year-old tabby cat with a sweet yet shy demeanor. Luckily, Teteka’s slight apprehension around humans was her biggest concern, and her overall health was good. Once she underwent her spay surgery, Teteka was ready to begin her journey toward a loving home. Af...

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  • We’re thrilled to report that the State of Florida recently took a stand for pet store pets and the municipalities that want to keep cruelly-bred puppies out of their communities. On February 2, at the recommendation of former State Senate President Tom Lee, the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission’s (CRC) Local Government Committee unanimously voted to reject Proposition 95. The measure, i...

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  • In January, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced a new version of his so-called “Protect Interstate Commerce Act.” This bill is nearly identical to the dreaded “King Amendment,” which was defeated in the 2014 Farm Bill.  Though the title of the bill sounds innocent, this treacherous legislation threatens animal-protection laws across the country. State bans on cruel devices like gestation crates for...

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  • This week, the ASPCA is happy to announce a major milestone we recently reached with lifestyle brand, ALEX AND ANI. The brand partnered with the ASPCA in 2014, and over the course of our three-year partnership, has officially raised $2 million dollars for animals in need! At the partnership’s inception, ALEX AND ANI created the Prints of Love Charm Bangle for the ASPCA to include in its CHARITY B...

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  • New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers from the Central Park Precinct took time off from their regular beat to help one hard-luck pup find “the one” in time for Valentine’s Day. For three-year-old Orson, “the one” isn’t necessarily a perfect person, but instead a home and a family who can provide the love Orson has been searching for. The NYPD officers—who are all animal cruelty liaisons...

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  • We all know the type: evasive, secretive, refuses to make plans. But it’s not just our love interests that can be cagey. Food companies can be non-committal, too—and instead of heartache, this can cause real animal suffering.As the ASPCA and others work to improve the lives of more than nine billion pigs, chickens and cows raised on U.S. farms each year, we’re calling on companies to make public ...

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  • On Monday, the ASPCA announced that we are working with the NYPD to provide pet microchip scanners to every precinct in New York City—a total of 86—including Housing Police Service Areas. This new and exciting effort is part of our NYPD partnership, which is now entering its fifth year. Microchips are subcutaneous identification implants, roughly the size of a grain of rice, used most commonly in...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt BershadkerSkipper, a friendly, healthy and homeless black cat, is ready to give and receive love in a new home as much as any of his cohabitants at the ASPCA Adoption Center. He loves his mouse toys and having his nose rubbed, but as cats and kittens around Skipper get adopted every day, one thing holds him back: Skipper is eight.Skipper’s age isn’t his problem so muc...

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  • At the ASPCA, we’re wishing you a Valentine’s Day filled with furry snuggles, cat cuddles and doggie kisses! We also want to make sure you have the information you need to celebrate the holiday safely with your beloved pet.  By now, most pet parents have heard that chocolate treats pose dangers to dogs, but the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has a few other tips to help keep your pets ...

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  • The ASPCA has officially opened registration for the fifth annual ASPCA Help a Horse Day contest! The nationwide competition is designed to elevate the life-saving work that equine rescues and sanctuaries do to find homes for horses year-round. Help a Horse Day is celebrated each year on April 26—a date chosen to honor the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26, 1866, after AS...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker One of the key responsibilities of the USDA is to protect animals from cruelty and suffering, specifically through its administration of the landmark 1966 Animal Welfare Act. That’s not an opinion; it’s basic civics. But judging by the USDA’s repeated actions against the interests of vulnerable animals over the last year, it’s time to recognize an alarming...

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  • At just seven months old, little Jerome came to the ASPCA in late August, 2017, underweight and in need of care. The puppy had been brought to us by the NYPD, after the 75th Precinct’s ASPCA liaison, Sergeant Timothy Cecchini, saw him in a local residence. Since 2014, the NYPD has worked in partnership with the ASPCA to help animals like Jerome, and give them an opportunity at a second chance. Je...

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  • After the workshop, participants posed for a photo. Back row, from left: NYPD Officers Rhonda Pinder and Catherine Klyde; NYPD Auxiliary Officer Will Fortuna; Betances Community Center intern Davontae Allen; NYPD Explorer Angelica Ramos; ASPCA Director of Community Engagement Erin Earley; ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Liaison Paul Mayr; ASPCA Community Engagement Coordinator Marika Azoff; NYPD Off...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt BershadkerOver the past several months, we’ve seen disturbing sexual harassment and abuse allegations in nearly every industry, revealing a disgraceful pattern of discrimination and intimidation. Recently, the issue also surfaced within the animal welfare community.Whether on behalf of animals or humans, fighting inequality and injustice is vital and takes extraordin...

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  • On October 15th, Tito’s Handmade Vodka—a longtime supporter of the ASPCA—announced their “Be a Giver” campaign benefiting the ASPCA. The campaign gave people across the country an easy opportunity to help animals in need by raising money for our life-saving work, just in time for the holiday season. Through the course of the campaign, people were encouraged to visit the Tito’s holiday page, where...

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  • Following massive public outcry, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has rejected a petition by the National Chicken Council (NCC), the poultry industry’s lobbying arm, to slaughter chickens even faster than currently permitted by federal law. These birds are currently slaughtered at breakneck speeds—up to 140 birds every minute—causing countless birds to suffer from botched slaugh...

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  • Every February, countless sports fans gather in front of their televisions, ready for the year’s biggest football game: The Super Bowl®. During this time, when attention is focused on touchdowns, cheers, commercials and snacks, pets can get into all kinds of things they shouldn’t—things that could be a potential danger. So, just in time for the big game, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (AP...

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  • When Alyssa and Kevin C. brought their newborn daughter, Aubrey, home from the hospital three months ago, they were prepared with everything a baby might need, including a bag of brand new pacifiers.The couple, who have two other young daughters, also have an eight-month-old pit bull named Blue. Having each grown up with dogs, the pair stashed the pacifiers in a closet to keep the plucky pooch fr...

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