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Mission: The ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is the nation's oldest welfare organization, whose mission is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States."ASPCA logo

Founder or Executive Director: Ed Sayres

Year founded: 1866


  • The ASPCA counts more than one million supporters in North America.
  • In 2007, the organization's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital treated over 24,000 animals.
  • In 2006, its National Outreach provided onsite visits and expertise to shelters in twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Turkey.
  • It also presented over 330 training seminars and workshops to shelter professionals across the U.S.
  • The organization provided $6,735,993 in grants to two hundred animal protection organizations in forty-three states, Puerto Rico and Jamaica in 2006.
  • When Hurricanes Rita and Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the ASPCA was able to donate over $13 million in grants to local shelters and organizations.

Profile: The ASPCA focuses on issues to do with companion animals, such as pet care, horse cruelty, or general animal cruelty and neglect. Its programs and services include a national poison-control hotline for pet owners, an outreach program to promote best practices within locally owned shelters, a corporate partner program to promote animal friendly products and services, and a special anticruelty initiative to teach animal-welfare education and animal-welfare law enforcement practices across the United States. The ASPCA communicates with federal and state legislators to consider animal friendly legislation and bills, and lobbies for animal-welfare legislation, with regional and federal lobbyists covering all fifty states.

Additionally, the ASPCA provides relief services for domestic animal victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, when the National Outreach department collected donations to provide supplies, coordinated volunteer efforts, and reunited pets with their owners.

To become more involved, volunteer, or donate, visit the organization's website.

–Community Team, Red Room

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