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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  • In the aftermath of a steam pipe explosion in Midtown Manhattan yesterday, the ASPCA is currently supporting the New York City Office of Emergency Management and Animal Care Centers of New York (ACC) to assist pet owners and animals displaced by this devastating incident.The ASPCA Community Engagement team has been working with ACC to ensure that an animal welfare representative is at the Emergen...

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  • Want to make a difference for horses? The ASPCA’s Horse Action Team (HAT) is a squad of volunteers who work closely with the ASPCA’s Legislative Engagement staff and other equine advocates to help promote and support horse-protection legislation—we want you to join the team!HAT members take their advocacy work one step further by working within their local communities to share information on equi...

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  • Adopting a fourth horse to Grace and Tom H.’s hobby farm in Central Wisconsin was not a difficult decision.“We all love animals,” Grace explains. “So a new horse made sense for us as a family.”“My husband Tom and I are from large families,” adds Grace. The family had adopted 21-year-old gelding, Sunny Delight, in 2009 from an ASPCA response partner.  After deciding to adopt another horse, Grace a...

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  • This year, we celebrated the opening of the new campus of the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center (BRC) nearby Asheville, North Carolina. As part of the BRC’s commitment to the rehabilitation and study of extremely fearful, homeless dogs—most of whom are victims of cruelty or neglect—we also offer a new, innovative Learning Lab program for select shelters to implement specialized, scientific...

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  • A surprising number of people still don’t know that pet stores are bad places to acquire a dog—that they are, in fact, the harmless-looking, public face of a very shady and often cruel industry. And then there are the people who kiiiinda know better, but find themselves making an impulsive purchase (oops!) when they fall in love with their dream pup.There’s a good reason pet stores put tiny, fluf...

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  • While shopping in the meat, egg or dairy aisle, there’s a good chance you’ve seen all kinds of labels and logos implying that products came from higher-welfare farms. This flood of claims makes choosing more humane products challenging, especially when you’re trying to get your shopping done as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, pretty packaging often means little to nothing for animals. Mislead...

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  • The “dog days” of summer reached Capitol Hill on July 11 when the ASPCA hosted Paws for Celebration!This special event brought over 30 adoptable pets from local animal shelters and rescues to Congress to highlight the importance of pet adoption and fostering, and to recognize the lifesaving work these organizations do.Adoptable dogs and cats were on site from five D.C.-area rescues, including Ani...

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  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle!Even if it’s just for a moment, and even if the windows are cracked—it is never safe to leave an animal in a parked vehicle alone. Don’t let an excuse cost an animal their life. Not only can leaving an animal in a hot car lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states! As of May 2018, 28 states have laws concerning companion animals left ...

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  • Emergencies can happen at any moment and can come in a myriad of ways. While we may never be able to fully prevent such events from happening, we can prepare ourselves and our pets for when they do. In light of National Pet Fire Safety Day coming up on July 15, we put together important tips concerning fire safety in your home. Use this list to ensure that you and your furry friends are prepared ...

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  • Brewing your own beer at home, or “homebrewing”, is becoming an increasingly popular hobby. While homebrewing has been around for roughly the last 7,000 years, it’s estimated that 1.2 million people currently brew beer in their homes in the United States.  So what does homebrewing have to do with pets?  With the increasing popularity of homebrewing, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) h...

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  • Brewing your own beer at home, or “homebrewing”, is becoming an increasingly popular hobby. While homebrewing has been around for roughly the last 7,000 years, it’s estimated that 1.2 million people currently brew beer in their homes in the United States.  So what does homebrewing have to do with pets?  With the increasing popularity of homebrewing, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) h...

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  • Swap meets (aka flea markets) are delightful community events where it can be fun to hunt down unique knickknacks and collectibles. Unfortunately, these places can also serve as hubs for unethical breeders to sell puppies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates some breeders, but it does not regulate face-to-face transactions—meaning there’s little to no accountability for flea market puppy...

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  • Just seven months ago, the ASPCA’s Pee Wee Program in Los Angeles hit a major milestone when the program took in its 1,000th pee wee kitten at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. This week, we are thrilled to announce that the L.A. program has officially taken in its 2,000th pee wee for care. This marks a turning point for the program just on the heels of the ASPCA’s nationwide campaign Meow For...

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  • Animals have a resilience that is sometimes difficult for humans to comprehend, and Maxwell, a once-abused and neglected German Shepherd, is no exception.Found in a Queens, New York, backyard without food or water, eight-year-old Maxwell was rescued by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in January 2017. He spent the next five months at the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH), where he was treated...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker Last month in New York City, a 12-year-old Yorkshire Terrier died after being accidentally locked in a car for hours. It was still morning—and not even summer—but the dog suffered from extreme heat-related injuries and, after being freed by NYPD officers, needed to be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. These accidents happen too often with consequences...

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  • The days are longer and the weather is warmer—the dog days of summer are fast approaching! While the summer months are an excellent time to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities with your pet, rising temperatures call for a little extra caution. But just because it’s hot, hot, hot, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep it cool with your best furry friends. Here are our top five, fun (and safe) activities...

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  • By ASPCA President & CEO Matt BershadkerWhile animal welfare may not instantly spring to mind when people think of the federal Farm Bill, the lives of animals—and not just farm animals—vitally depend on this massive piece of legislation.Due for reauthorization this year, the Farm Bill impacts the lives of billions of animals—from pigs, chickens and cows raised on American farms to dogs suffering ...

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  • In early February 2018, as a harsh winter plagued New York City, a four-year-old cat named Manatee was transferred to the ASPCA from a partnering Animal Care Center in Brooklyn, New York, where he’d been brought in as a stray. Upon his arrival to the ASPCA Adoption Center, Manatee was sweet, gentle and friendly to the staff, and after some routine veterinary care, he settled in quite nicely to hi...

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  • Break out your grills, lawns chairs and plenty of food, because it’s that time of year—Independence Day is just around the corner! The Fourth of July is always a great day to celebrate with friends, family and furry ones alike. While it may seem like a great idea to treat your pet to some celebration scraps and have them join in on all of the fun, the reality is that some festive foods and activi...

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  • As a supporter of the ASPCA, you may have heard about a form of giving called a charitable gift annuity. But what is it? And what do rising rates mean for you?  We are here with answers and good news about this special type of gift!What is a charitable gift annuity?A gift annuity is a contractual agreement in which, in exchange for a minimum gift of $10,000, the ASPCA will make payments to you, a...

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  • This week the full U.S. Senate began debating its version of the Farm Bill, an extensive agricultural policy bill that heavily impacts our nation’s farms, nutrition programs and environment.The Senate bill already includes the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act to protect survivors of domestic violence and their pets, and in further good news, there have been several additional amendments proposed t...

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  • In May 2017, a Good Samaritan brought a frightened orange cat into the ASPCA Adoption Center, looking for care. The cat, who was then named Gentleman, had been spotted on top of an incredibly high fence in Queens, New York, unable to get down. After seeing him, the passerby tried to get the support of local law enforcement and the fire department, but had no luck. However, she had no plans of giv...

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  • You can improve the lives of animals even when kicking back and cooking out with family and friends. Just take this shopping list to your favorite grocery store in preparation for your next summer barbeque! These brands have either earned a meaningful animal welfare certification recognized by the ASPCA or are a plant-based alternative. Whether you’re into traditional hot dogs and hamburgers or y...

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  • As summer begins, you may hear a lot of buzz about kitten season, along with the importance of, and the critical need for, kitten fosters. Kitten fosters provide love and care for kittens who are too young to survive in a shelter. And this kitten season, we are encouraging everyone to consider fostering—it’s easier than you think! Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about wha...

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  • We’re proud to announce that the ASPCA’s Community Medicine team in Los Angeles achieved an exciting milestone in our work on behalf of pets and people. As of June 19, 2018, we completed 50,000 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for animals in the L.A. area. We first opened our South Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Clinic in April 2014, and this is an important milestone that benefits pets and their human fa...