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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country.

What We Do
As the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals, we are wholly dedicated to fulfilling the ASPCA mission through nonviolent approaches. Our organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty.

Incorporated in 1866 by a special act of the New York State legislature, the ASPCA has a history rich in challenges and victories—from providing care and protection for the city’s working horses and transforming dog pounds into professionally run adoptions facilities to founding an animal hospital that is still running today.

The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

ASPCA Programs and Initiatives

Resources for Pet Parents
Helping you to care for your animal companion is one of our main priorities.
  • The specially trained staff at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is on call round-the-clock.
  •  The ASPCA Animal Behavior Center offers free expert training and behavior advice.
  • Our full-service, accredited Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital employs a dedicated staff of veterinarians ready to provide high-quality medical care.
  • A fleet of ASPCA mobile spay/neuter clinics serves low-income communities throughout New York City.
  • We offer pet loss support services for those who are grieving.
Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Animals
We’ve taken a progressive approach to helping the country’s at-risk animals.
  • The ASPCA® Mission: Orange™ initiative invites key cities across the United States to partner with us to end the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable pets.
  • ASPCA disaster readiness experts work with state agencies to create plans for animals in times of emergency.
  • At home in New York City, the ASPCA operates an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art adoption facility.
  • To help shelters find compatible homes for thousands of animals each year, we have developed a research-based adoption program, ASPCA® Meet Your Match™.
  • We also continue our work of helping at-risk horses with the ASPCA Equine Fund.
Serving Victims of Animal Cruelty

Our bold anti-cruelty campaign includes combining our animal protection efforts with the newest technology for solving animal crimes.
  • The ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Center in New York City will be the very first of its kind in the world. In it, our Humane Law Enforcement department—which continues to uphold New York City’s animal cruelty laws—will work with our forensics experts to help investigate and prosecute crimes against animals.
  • We help educate police officers, humane investigators, veterinarians, prosecutors and judges on how to respond to animal cruelty, including assisting in cruelty case investigations.
  • Our animal advocates fight tirelessly on state and national levels to pass laws that protect animals.
Come and join us in the fight to end animal cruelty—become an ASPCA Member today!

For more information, please visit or call one of the numbers listed below.

Donations & Membership: (800) 628-0028
Help Make a Difference

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
424 E. 92nd St
New York, New York 10128-6804
United States

Tel: 212- 876-7700
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