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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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt BershadkerThis month, two tragic cases involving equine neglect and slaughter illustrated some of the many dangers facing American horses. In one, Texas authorities discovered 50 dead horses and seized custody of more than 80 allegedly mistreated and starving animals on a self-described "sanctuary.” In another, an Alabama vet student is accused of scamming horse owne...

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  • As soon as Nealy Bowden made an offer to buy her first house last August, she set out to adopt a new dog.“I wanted to have more space, not just for myself, but for a large dog,” explains Nealy, who also wanted a companion for her nine-year-old hound/pit bull-mix, Sir Isaac Newton.“Newton dreamed of having his own big dog brother, and I am keen on bully breeds,” she adds. Nealy soon spotted Howdy,...

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  • We are pleased to report Maryland just took a huge leap forward for animal welfare! On April 24, Governor Hogan signed a new law that will protect pets and consumers by banning the sale of dogs and cats in Maryland’s pet stores. Under the new law (effective 2020), pet stores who partner with rescues to adopt out homeless animals can continue doing that important work. The new law strikes a major ...

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  • One of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty is dogfighting, where dogs often spend their lives chained or caged in isolation until they are thrown in a pit and literally forced to fight for their lives. Dogfighting in illegal in every state, yet there are still tens of thousands of dogs who are forced to train, fight and suffer every year.On April 23, in honor of National Dogfighting Awarenes...

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  • “Everything about little Valerie definitely tugged at my heartstrings, I just knew she was the one for me.” –Antonesha M. of Brooklyn, NYIn early September 2017, a young kitten was transferred to the ASPCA from a local Animal Care Center in Brooklyn. At only one month old, Valerie was too young to make it in a shelter setting and needed to recover in the care of the ASPCA Kitten Nursery. There, s...

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  • During National Volunteer Week, the ASPCA is proud to recognize our amazing District Captains! Our District Captains are high-level advocates who have taken their advocacy further as they work to make a positive difference for animals. These super-volunteers ideally live in congressional districts that are especially crucial to our legislative priorities (a shifting landscape, to be sure), and co...

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  • Did you know that the types of toxins that pets frequently ingest can change depending on the time of the year? Calls come in year-round about pets ingesting things like chocolate or medications, but the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) sees a spike in certain toxins during specific seasons. That’s because pets become exposed to (and curious about) what is around them. As we move into sp...

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  • Transporting animals to shelters where kennel space is plentiful and demand for adoption is high is one approach to saving lives in high-density, urban environments that struggle with animal homelessness—like Los Angeles. Too often, dogs in shelters are euthanized simply due to lack of shelter space when, often times, many of these animals would be quickly adopted in other states or parts of the ...

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  • Equine rescues, sanctuaries and shelters across the country will be celebrating the ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day on April 26. One hundred and twenty-three of those organizations will be competing for a chance to win some of the $110,000 in grant prizes for developing the best adoption campaigns and finding more homes for horses. Additionally, the following organizations will be holding events to enga...

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  • Congress begins debating the 2018 Farm Bill this week and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is trying yet again to get his favorite anti-animal amendment, the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act,” added to the bill. Your U.S. representative needs to hear from you now!Though its title sounds innocent, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act—widely known as the King Amendment—is an awful piece of legislation that ha...

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  • Phyllis was one of the 36 dogfighting victims found and rescued during "Operation Bloodline."In October 2017, the ASPCA assisted the New York State Attorney General’s Organized Task Force and the Suffolk County Police Department in the rescue of 36 dogs used in a dogfighting ring that was actively engaged in the breeding and training of pit bulls for profit. The investigation—known to law enforce...

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  • When ASPCA responders arrived at the scene of the Dreampower Ranch in Clayton, New Mexico, at the request of the New Mexico District Attorney and Union County Sheriff’s Office, we were heartbroken by what we saw at this self-described “sanctuary”. More than 100 dogs and cats were being kept in conditions that no animal should have to endure.Dogs were left outside—some running loose, some in ramsh...

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  • In mid-March, we told you the bad news: the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) withdrew a long-anticipated animal welfare rule that would have improved the lives of millions of animals on organic farms. But the story doesn’t end there. Yesterday, the ASPCA joined a lawsuit against the USDA, standing in solidarity with fellow plaintiffs representing the organic industry and animal welfare. The ...

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  • Under a contract with the U.S. Marshals, the ASPCA is assisting federal law enforcement agencies with evidence collection and the removal of dogs from three properties associated with dogfighting in the Columbia, South Carolina area. Charleston Animal Society is also supporting the ASPCA in the case.After search warrants were executed Wednesday morning by the FBI, ASPCA responders discovered more...

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  • Nicole P. grew up in a family who had pit bulls and has always been familiar with the breed.“I’m very passionate and know there is a big misconception out there about pit bulls,” says Nicole, an Iowa native and teacher at Waterloo East High School.Soon after buying her own house a few years ago, Nicole finally had the opportunity to adopt a dog of her own. She visited her local animal shelter whe...

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  • New York law requires almost every municipality in the state to maintain an animal shelter for homeless and abandoned animals. Many not-for-profit SPCAs, humane societies and other animal rescue organizations contract with local governments to provide sheltering services, but until last year, the state provided little or no money to help offset costs.In 2017, state lawmakers acted on a New York S...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker        Originally posted on Canine JournalMany people see dogfighting as a relic of our distant past, or a sick phenomenon that ended the day Michael Vick was arrested more than ten years ago. Even if it exists, surely it occurs only in a handful of dark corners of our country, run by individuals too despicable to live as ordinary members of our communitie...

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  • On the heels of National Dogfighting Awareness Day (April 8), today U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act in the U.S. Senate. This bill, which seeks to help the innocent victims of animal fighting, joins companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both the House and the Senate must pass the HEART A...

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  • For the tenth year in a row, the ASPCA was selected as one of four national charities to participate in the Subaru Share the Love Event, which ran from November 16, 2017, to January 2, 2018. Subaru set no limit on the total donation to all charities for the second consecutive year, resulting in a total donation of nearly $24 million from Subaru and its retailers! The ASPCA received over $2.5 mill...

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  • Bruce Earnest, ASPCA Responder Safety Manager and Steven Stoner with his dog, Trooper (dogfighting rescue).This week, we were proud to announce the recipients of the third annual ASPCA “Champion for Animals” award, a recognition honoring organizations and individuals who have shown outstanding dedication to end dogfighting in their communities. This announcement comes just before National Dogfigh...

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  • Fresh off the heels of a victory for pet store pets in Florida, the ASPCA once again fought the retail pet sale industry—this time, in neighboring Georgia.During the state’s legislative session, which just came to a close, the retail puppy industry hired expensive lobbyists to push for special protections that would have stripped local governments of their ability to regulate the sale of cruelly-...

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  • This month, we are gearing up for the twenty-first edition of the annual ASPCA Bergh Ball, a black-tie gala focused on raising critical funds to support animals in need nationwide and honoring those who have made outstanding contributions and commitments to animal welfare. At this year’s event, which will be held April 19, acclaimed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will return as Master of Ceremoni...

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  • This Sunday, April 8, the ASPCA is partnering once again with New York City tattoo artist and television personality Megan Massacre for our fifth “Tats ‘N’ Tails” art and adoption event. The festivities begin at noon and will feature adoptable cats and dogs from the ASPCA Adoption Center (from 1:00-5:00 P.M.), a photo booth, prize giveaways and the opportunity to get tattooed by Megan herself. Me...

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  • For many dogs, the transition from nervous to confident takes time, and Holstein, a three-year-old pit bull rescued from a North Carolina dogfighting ring is no exception.“He's an incredible boy whose experience speaks volumes about the resilience of these dogs,” says Becky T., who, along with her husband, Kenny, met Holstein at Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center, an organization in Ne...

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