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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (usually referred to as the ASPCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the abuse of animals. It was founded by Henry Bergh on April 10, 1866. It is the first animal welfare group in the Western hemisphere and is the oldest humane organization in the United States. Their mission is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States." A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ... An organization is a formal group of people with one or more shared goals. ... Abuse is a general term for the misuse of a person or thing, causing harm to the person or thing, to the abuser, or to someone else. ... The word Animals when used alone, has several possible meanings in the English language. ... Henry Bergh (August 29, 1811 - March 12, 1888) founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1866. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1866 is a common year starting on Monday. ...

The ASPCA works primarily with companion animal issues, such as pet care, equine or horse cruelty issues, and animal cruelty and neglect. Their programs and services include: a national poison control hotline for pet owners and animal health professionals; a shelter outreach program to promote best practices within locally-owned shelters, a corporate partner program to promote animal-friendly products and services, and a special anti-cruelty initiative to teach humane education and humane law enforcement practices across the United States.

Additionally, the ASPCA provides relief services for the domestic animal victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, where the National Outreach department collected donations to provide supplies; coordinated volunteer efforts; deployed rescue teams to recover abandoned pets; provided temporary shelter to displaced animals; and reunited pets with their owners.

The ASPCA is very active with lobby for humane legislation, with regional and federal lobbyists covering all 50 states. The ASPCA communicates with federal and state legislators to consider animal-friendly legislation and bills. The ASPCA also drafts humane legislation initiatives and proposals for legislators to consider during their sessions. The ASPCA's "Advocacy Brigade" allows users to write/e-mail their legislators on important animal legislation bills and referendums.

Many local organizations use the term SPCA, but they are not related to the ASPCA which is based in New York and has a national reach. Local organizations take in animals that are stray, abused, or owner give ups. They may be private, or contracted with their local government.

See also

Animal welfare is the viewpoint that some or all animals, especially those under human care, should be treated in such a way that they do not suffer unnecessarily. ... The Great Ape Project is campaigning for a Declaration on Great Apes. ... Cruelty to animals refers to treatment which causes unacceptable suffering or harm to animals. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity in England and Wales that promotes animal welfare. ...

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  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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