American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in 1866 as the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Today, the ASPCA has over 680,000 members and donors and continues to prevent cruelty and alleviate the pain, fear and suffering of animals through nationwide education, awareness and legislative programs.

The ASPCA headquarters in New York City houses one of the area's largest full service animal hospitals, an adoption facility, and the Humane Law Enforcement Department, which is responsible for enforcing New York's animal cruelty laws.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals exists to promote humane principles, prevent cruelty, and alleviate fear, pain, and suffering in animals.

For more information, or to contact American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, see their website at: www.aspca.org

» Recent News

The ASPCA Celebrates June As Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
01 Jun 04 | The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will be celebrating June as Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month to educate Americans about the wonderful cats and kittens available for adoption at shelters nationwide.

"Sopranos®" Star Drea de Matteo Supports ASPCA at NYC's "Ani Mall" in Central Park
24 May 04 | Actress Drea de Matteo showed her support for pet adoption by attending the Mayor's Alliance Adoption event in New York City's Central Park yesterday. This year's open-air outdoor adopt-a-thon showcased hundreds of NYC's finest shelter cats and dogs.

ASPCA Announces Five Million Dollar Commitment to Mayor's Alliance for NYC'S Animals Inc.
24 May 04 | Bloomberg issues proclamation in support of initiative to reduce euthanasia and increase pet adoption.

ASPCA Hosts "Animall" in Central Park
17 May 04 | Scores of New York City animal shelters and rescue groups unite to showcase their finest four-leggers at afternoon adopt-a-thon.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Responds to Swiffer Wet Jet Rumor
07 May 04 | Veterinary toxicologists at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center have reviewed the claim described in a widely distributed email alleging a relationship between the use of Swiffer Wet Jet and liver failure in a dog.

ASPCA Launches New Public Service Announcement Campaign Featuring "Sopranos®" star, Drea de Matteo
04 May 04 | The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is launching a new public service announcement campaign urging New Yorkers to adopt their next pet from the organization's 92nd Street shelter.

Summer Is The Deadliest Time of Year For Companion Animals
03 May 04 | Statistics compiled by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) confirm that June, July and August are the most dangerous time of year for companion animals.

ASPCA'S Animaland.org Gets the Gold!
28 Apr 04 | Animaland.org, the children's website operated by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was awarded a Gold Award from the Parents' Choice Foundation's Spring 2004 Parents' Choice Awards.

ASPCA Opposes "Elijah's Law" as Solution For Combating Dog Attacks in New York State
21 Apr 04 | The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) unequivocally refutes "Elijah's Law," a bill recently proposed by New York State Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera.

ASPCA Arrests and Charges Man with Aggravated Felony Animal Cruelty for Alledgedly Killing Girlfriend's Cat
15 Apr 04 | At approximately 4:00 PM today, James Whalen, 35, surrendered to authorities at the 68th Precinct in Brooklyn.

ASPCA Offers Free Humane Education Curriculum To Teachers Nationwide
14 Apr 04 | The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is distributing a specially designed humane education curriculum to public elementary schools in targeted school districts in Montana, Washington, Maine and elsewhere.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Issues Nationwide Alert: Lilies Can Be Deadly For Cats
06 Apr 04 | The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is leading a nationwide campaign to warn cat owners about the dangers of Easter lilies and other variations in the lily family.

ASPCA Hosts 7th Annual Bergh Ball
05 Apr 04 | Cindy Adams, Matt Lauer, WNBC-TV's Chuck Scarsborough and Felicia Taylor among celebrity guests.

ASPCA Sponsors Prevention of Animal Cruelty Campaign in April
31 Mar 04 | The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) sponsors April as Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month to educate Americans about animal cruelty and to urge them to report any instances of violence toward animals.

ASPCA Special Investigator and Star of Animal Planet's Animal Precinct to Teach Students at Brown Middle School
31 Mar 04 | In honor of ASPCA Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, which begins on April 1, Special Investigator Annemarie Lucas will be presenting a humane education program to sixth grade students at Brown Middle School in Atlanta.

Washington State Egg Producer Qualifies for "Certified Humane Raised and Handled" Label
24 Mar 04 | Tobin Farm of Walla Walla, Wash., has become certified by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) to use the "Certified Humane Raised and Handled" label for its pasture-ranged eggs.

Ringling Brothers Circus Brings Acts of Cruelty to Town
15 Mar 04 | The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is coming to town, and with it comes the circus's "dirty little secret" that it hits its elephants with razor sharp "bullhooks" and keeps the elephants chained for days on end, to keep them under control.

ASPCA Issues Alert To Pet Owners During National Poison Prevention Week
10 Mar 04 | The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is sending a nationwide alert to pet owners during National Poison Prevention Week (March 21 27) about common human medications that can be dangerous and even deadly to pets.

Russell Simmons and ASPCA Donor Offer $15,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest of Individual Who Dumped Puppies
27 Feb 04 | A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the five black lab puppies found in a Queens dumpster earlier this week.

ASPCA To Honor Heroic Animals and People at Annual National Humane Awards Luncheon on March 2, 2004
25 Feb 04 | Suffolk county K-9 police dog 'Boomer,' 92-year-old lifetime animal rescuer, heroic cat who alerted owner to fire & talk show host Ellen DeGeneres among awards recipients.

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