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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  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a growing, multistate outbreak of Campylobacter infections linked to puppies sold by the national pet store chain, Petland. In puppies and people, Campylobacter infections can cause nausea and vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and cramping, and intestinal distress. The ASPCA is calling on states to protect their residents an...

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  • The veterinary staff at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) knows just how easy it is for pets to get into (and ingest) things they shouldn’t. In 2016, human prescription medications topped the list of pet toxins most commonly ingested by pets.Many of the calls APCC receives about medication involve pets getting into old medications that are no longer being used—whether they be human or...

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  • Next Saturday, October 28, is Pit Bull Awareness Day! As we celebrate the love we share for pit bulls, we hope that Juice’s story helps inspire those looking to adopt a dog to keep their minds and hearts open to this misunderstood breed.When we first walked up to the family home of Gemar L. in the neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens we were greeted by an enthusiastic, 63-pound pit bull whose 100-watt...

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  • In the critical moments following a natural disaster, the ASPCA’s first priority is rescuing and providing for the immediate care and safety of the animals impacted. But equally important are the moments that come next—the chances we get to reunite displaced pets with their families and see the power of the human-animal bond restored. In the wake of back-to-back hurricanes, we have made heartwarm...

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  • Back in May, we alerted readers to the rise in popularity of pet leasing arrangements, which are predatory, unethical, high-interest financing plans offered by some pet sellers like pet stores and websites selling puppies. Pets who are acquired this way are not owned by their new families—they’re the property of the leasing company during the entire length of the lease, which might last several y...

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  • We love sharing good news! There’s been significant progress recently toward reducing the suffering of the nearly 9 billion chickens raised for meat each year in this country. Here are some highlights and an urgent new action that you can take if you’d like to help.Higher-Welfare Breeds Take FlightChickens raised for meat (known as “broilers”) have been genetically selected to put on as much weig...

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  • “This gorgeous, misunderstood dog was full of nothing but love and excitement.” –Tyler P. of Queens, NY. We first met Morgan in late June, when she was brought to the ASPCA by a Good Samaritan who’d found the eight-month old pit bull-mix abandoned underneath a footbridge. It seemed inconceivable that anyone could leave a vulnerable animal on their own like that—especially on the busy streets of N...

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  • After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the ASPCA is on the ground in St. Croix, assessing displaced animals in need of assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the request of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture.Latest Update: October 9, 2017, 10:50AMHurricane Maria spared nothing in its path—including the largest animal shelter ...

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  • Have you ever wondered if certain breeds of dogs and cats are more mischievous than others? Is your dog perhaps predisposed to being a trouble maker and to getting into things he shouldn’t? The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to get to the bottom of this, so they reviewed their calls from 2016, and noted which breeds they were called about most frequently.As for dogs who get thems...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt BershadkerAlthough substantial progress has been made to increase animal adoption across the country, there are approximately 3.3 million homeless dogs in animal shelters still waiting to be adopted—more than the population of any U.S. city except New York City and Los Angeles. That’s why recognizing October as Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is so important, not only to e...

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  • October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month, a time to celebrate our canine friends who’ve been adopted into loving homes—and to raise critical awareness of the 3.3 million dogs who enter shelters each year.   That’s why the ASPCA is launching our new nationwide #FindYourFido campaign to help shelter dogs get their second chance. We’re collaborating with hundreds of animal shelters, rescue groups and pa...

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  • This past Sunday and Monday the ASPCA had a very special guest join us as an honorary volunteer. Mateo M. is a nine-year-old boy from Springfield, Virginia, who has been bravely battling a brain tumor. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mateo expressed that his wish was to give back to animals and volunteer with the ASPCA in New York City. After hearing from Make-A-Wish, we couldn’t help but jum...

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  • “I figured, why not show a shelter dog that they also deserve to be cared for and loved. She’s truly one of a kind.” –Kevin T. of Brooklyn, NY. Sweet, playful Tori was brought to the ASPCA in June by NYPD officers after she’d been found abandoned and tethered on a rooftop. Though in seemingly good health, Tori’s abandonment highlights a sad reality that we see far too often at the ASPCA: loving a...

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  • At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the ASPCA has deployed its disaster response team to help assess needs for animals impacted by Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands devastated by the catastrophic Category 5 storm. This comes on the heels of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, where our team has spent the last month deployed to assist in rescue and ...

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  • Last week, the ASPCA Kitten Nursery celebrated a very important milestone after welcoming a two-month-old kitten, Frodo, into their care in late August. Frodo’s arrival was a special moment for the staff at the Kitten Nursery, as he was the 1,000th kitten to come through the Nursery this season. Kitten season is the time of year between the start of spring and the end of summer when more kitten l...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt BershadkerIt’s easy to focus solely on the wake of tragedy and destruction left by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. But our reactions to these storms—especially the rescue and care of displaced animals—reinforce that compassion for animals is a deeply held core value in our society. On television and in person, we saw countless pet owners courageously carrying th...

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  • The ASPCA’s Community Medicine team routinely provides free and low-cost outpatient medical and spay/neuter services to communities without access to veterinary care. But for a one-year-old Chihuahua named Chispi who was born with just two hind legs, the team went above and beyond.“When I heard Chispi’s story, I thought, ‘This is a dog we need to help,’” said Dr. Lori Bierbrier, Medical Director ...

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  • Most pet owners are aware that while certain foods may be safe for you, they are not always safe for your pet. One common ingredient found in foods today that can be a serious concern if ingested by pets is xylitol, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants you to have all the facts about this potentially harmful ingredient.Xylitol is sweetener that is most commonly found in food pr...

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  • Once crowded with 25 animals, this cat is now bonded to one special humanLast August, after Laurie S. of Arlington, Ohio lost the second of her two Maine Coon cats—an orange-and-white, long-haired beauty named Norman—she visited the Citizens for Humane Action Animal Shelter (CHA) in Columbus in the hopes of finding a new feline friend.“My sister-in-law knew someone who worked there and said they ...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker Pets aren’t appliances. They are living, breathing, loving animals who deserve as much loyalty and compassion as they give. This is why we fight so hard to stop the cruel puppy-making factories that create “inventory” for pet stores at an incredibly inhumane cost. While awareness of the puppy mill problem is growing, humane regulation at the state and fede...

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