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ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The ASPCA mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.

Results: Today, The ASPCA continues to be at the forefront of developments designed to protect and promote the welfare of animals. The organization helps thousands of animals every year, striving to make America a humane community in which all animals are treated with respect and kindness.

Programs: Animal health services - see schedule o

public education and communications - see schedule o

anti cruelty programs - see schedule o

community outreach

Community Stories

206 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the ASPCA in New York. My first trip there was in early August where two kittens were adopted by my family and I. They were known as Naan and Nectarine and we re-named them Snuggles and Cuddly. I went on to feeling that I wanted to adopt a slightly older cat. I went on Clear the Shelters day and I saw a beautiful overweight calico cat with the sweetest face and ice blue eyes that captivated me. As I petted her she gently nuzzled up against my hand and my heart strings were pulled and I adopted her. She is one year old and weighs 12 pounds and I have referred her as the Gentle Giant. She is very sweet nature and I am extremely happy that we were given the opportunity to have her as an addition to our family. ASPCA thank you for all you do!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fostered a kitten from the ASPCA and found it to be a seamless experience, both for me (the adopter) and the kitten as well!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I had been thinking about getting a new cat for over 2 years since my last one died. I visited a number of adoption places, saw some cute ones, but there was no magic yet. On Sunday, I had seen that there would be an ASPCA van with cat adoptions. I went and fell in love with a brother and sister pair! They were beautiful to look at and they loved playing with my finger, so I knew there was a connection. My intentions were to get one cat, but these two belonged together and I knew they would be happy to stay together, so I got them both! They are playful, love cuddling and purring non-stop! She is the leader in curiosity and he has his own ideas about hanging out- he loves the cable box for some reason!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to the ASPCA because I had been considering adopting a cat for a while. I was not really expecting to come back with one that day, but the process of adoption was fairly easy (although a bit lengthy - the ASPCA Adoption center was busy that day). I saw Bill (BillBeau now) and fell in love right away. He is a cat with some health problems and the vet at ASPCA told me he might not live longer than 2 years. It was a tough decision, but the staff at ASPCA was very helpful and supportive. The vet answered all my questions clearly, and the other staff and volunteers obviously loved BillBeau so much. I am very thankful for all their help and support and hope they know that BillBeau is a happy kitty in his new home :)
HIGH FIVE FOR ADOPTION

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As soon as my girlfriend and I walked in, we knew we came to the right place. We were in search for a puppy and luckily found him here! After checking in with security, we were assisted by friendly and helpful volunteers. This shelter is very clean, professional, and helpful! We were shown a lot of dogs that were up for adoption. The way it works is if the doggo is available you can take him home that day. Sometimes they need more vet work and you can put a hold on the dog for a small fee that goes to the adoption fee for when you pick him or her up later or becomes a donation if you end up changing your mind. Luckily my dog did not have a hold on him and was able to take him home that day! He was clean, well-groomed, neutered and vaccinated. They gave me his records to transfer to his vet. They put a microchip in him. They also gave him a name collar and tags for license and rabies vaccine. Also came with food he's been eating, harness, and leash. He's adjusting well and I can tell the shelter had been treating him very well. I couldn't be happier with this place and highly recommend it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a kitten after going through sort of a nightmare experience with a local adoption organization, and the contrasts between these two experiences emphasized the excellence of the ASPCA, its staff, and its volunteers. Founded in NYC in 1866, the ASPCA does a fantastic job of taking care of the city's animals, and educating pet owners. I was impressed by the friendliness and professionalism the staff and volunteers I met at the ASPCA. They set expectations clearly, and communicated well. When I went in on a Saturday morning, the kitty I wanted to adopt was not yet ready, but I was able to place her on hold. It was frustrating and a bit bewildering that they couldn't give me an indication of when she would be ready; I am sure there were good reasons for this. In any case, I appreciated that they had a way of reserving pets, and that once I committed to a pet, that they considered her "mine" until I decided otherwise. They called me the next morning with the news that she was ready to adopt. I got a bit emotional when they brought out this precious little kitten. Lia is only 2 months old but already spayed, up to date on shots, and microchipped and registered to my address; they also provide a metal tag with your phone number and the pet's name, and offer a veterinary voucher of $250. Given all that they do for the community (upstairs they provide discounted vet services for low income families), the fee of $ 125 for adopting a pet seems fair; I doubt it even covers the whole cost of everything they provide pets and their new families. They sent me home with literature on cats, as well as food samples and toys, and have a number (open 8 hours a day, 7 days a week) that owners can call for advice and help. The tone of the instruction I received was very even-handed, well researched, and not at all judgmental. I would adopt a pet from the ASPCA again; it was a very positive experience, and they earned my respect.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Relative to the other cat adoption locations (Bide a Wee), the ASPCA was terrific. They have many more animals available, and they take wonderful care of them. Therefore, they adapt to their new environment quickly. The facility is very clean. Everyone at the ASPCA was very knowledgeable, helpful, and pleasant. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to adopt a cat or a dog.

Emily D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My partner and I recently adopted a very shy and super special 4-year-old cat from the ASPCA on 92nd St. She was being kept in a "Level 2" room because she came from a bad situation and needed a lot of extra love. When we first met her, she was extremely timid, but Adi came in and showed us a "trick" she had trained her to do - when you hold a treat, she head-butts your hand and receives the treat as the reward. We left the ASPCA that day unsure if she was the right choice for us because this was our first cat together and we weren't sure if a rescue was the right choice. But we couldn't stop thinking about her.

We came back a few days later, desperately hoping she was still there, and she was. I sat in the floor with her a long time, but she eventually came out and did her trick for me. I spoke with behaviorist Denise at length about her needs, trying to make sure we could provide a good home for her. She gave us a lot of expert advice, and even arranged for one more trip upstairs to get a sneeze checked out by medical (it was nothing but I'm so glad they were willing to look into it anyway, and I'm even more thankful they were able to give her a light sedative to help with the coming journey). We then filled out our contract with Dana, who was extremely considerate, even giving us some our girl's favorite foods and a towel to put over her carrier to help keep her calm.

Absolutely everyone we met at the ASPCA went above and beyond for us, and I was deeply touched by their collective care and concern. I'll always be appreciative of them and the little girl they helped us bring home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience at the ASPCA adoption center in Manhattan. The facility was clean, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and they helped me adopt an incredible new kitten. He was well cared for at aspca, had been neutered and microchipped, and had received all of the basic medical care he needed. They made sure they sent me home with plenty of instructions and information about my cat, and they have basic supplies (litter box, litter, extra food) available for purchase if you don’t have everything ready at home yet. Everyone there was clearly very passionate about animals. I would recommend this adoption center to anyone thinking about welcoming a new pet into their home!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ASPCA is a uniquely effective organization. They invest in innovation that will help reinvent our tools to help animals; evidenced by their long-time support of our Non-profit, The Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs, focused on non-surgical methods of fertility control for dogs and cats. ASPCA leadership has helped strategically guide our non-profit from its beginning and they are a major funder. We would definitely not be where we are today if not for their support.

The A is unique in that it combines highly effective work, daily, on the forefronts of fighting animal cruelty and homelessness in NY and where deployed, and provides critical grants and professional resources to animal welfare organizations across the US. Their strong research dept. helps the field measure and evaluate programs to continue to learn about how to do a better job helping animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After I lost my cat, Little Lou, who was my beloved companion for eighteen years, I realized that I could not remain catless much longer. With a heavy heart we went to the ASPCA. I know how special this organization is. In fact, I am an ASPCA Guardian.
We were treated beautifully by kind and knowledgeable people. I fell in love with a kitten who we renamed Delilah.
I was told that she was a very timid and shy kitten and that she would need a lot of patience to begin to trust people and come out of her shell. The Feline Behaviorist (I was so overwhelmed becoming a new mother that I forgot her name), was wonderful to us and took time in person and on the phone to address our concerns and answer questions.
Well, you should see Delilah now!! She is not the slightest bit timid. She sleeps with us, plays with us and is comfortable with any guests in our home. DId I mention that she's gorgeous?
Thank you ASPCA.
Hildy Bornstein-Shapiro

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was drawn to Blue a deaf dog whom no one understood. I myself am partially deaf I lost my hearing on my Right ear from Lupus and my hearing will soon be gone. I know the struggles of not hearing or asking people to repeat themselves. I stay at home which blue is a couch potato and the kindest sweetest dog you could ever meet. Blue loves attention so she has to be the only PET in the home which I am fine with. She loves to give kisses and treats when she has done well. Thank you ASPCA for giving me my forever pet

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful experience. The volunteer was patient with me as I explained my needs and helped make sure I found the perfect companion. I made the choice to adopt a very skittish kitten, and after getting the staff's approval, the cat behaviorist gave me tips and suggestions on how to slowly win him over. For the first few days in his new home, kitty hid behind the toilet tank in the bathroom where he was confined. It took 3 weeks of sleeping next to him on the floor and another month of no TV or loud noises to really make a difference. But it was all worth it.
The result is that Mr. Darcy is the best cat I could have ever dreamed of! He is loyal, affectionate, playful, gentle and friendly. I am so grateful to the supportive staff for all the good advice that helped me bond with a perfect furry companion.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! I find myself donating time after time because it's a truly worthy cause.

4 Wild Love Preserve

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

April 2017: We are honored and incredibly appreciative to have received an ASPCA Grant towards our 2017 winter hay expenditures for Wild Love Preserve's 136 Challis, Idaho wild horses. We've had an unusually harsh and long winter in central Idaho, the worst in 30 years with high snow and bitter temps dropping to -30 degrees at times, hence we had to double our hay feeding to two-tons per day. As a non-profit that relies on grants and donations for daily operations and wild horse well-being, it has been very challenging on our budget. We inquired and the ASPCA responded with vital help towards our purchase of additional winter hay. Our appreciation is beyond measure for this timely assist and the positive impact the ASPCA has in wild lives we rescue and nurture in Idaho, and the lives of all animals in need.

Thank you, Andrea Maki + Wild Love Preserve
Read WLP Thank You Blog Post here: http://bit.ly/aspca-grant

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are so many needs, emergencies and lives to save in today's world. The ASPCA listens and is in constant motion on behalf of the safety and well being of animals everywhere. Wild Love Preserve's appreciation for the ASPCA, the work they do and the support they share in such a far-reaching manner is appreciated beyond measure.

WLP's appreciation is far from singular. We feel honored and privileged to also receive support from the ASPCA, most recently a grant towards winter hay for the 128 Idaho wild horses WLP rescued / permanently adopted from the 2012 Challis BLM Roundup.

To be heard, to receive such support, comes with a responsibility we believe all two-leggeds have to always work to help all animal lives, everywhere. To support and to be supported are key in successfully addressing the whole. Thank you ASPCA and thank you to all who support this keystone animal welfare organization.

Sincerely, Andrea Maki
Founder, Wild Love Preserve
www.wildlovepreserve.org

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

West Place Animal Sanctuary got involved with the ASPCA in 2016 to help out with an animal cruelty case in Massachusetts. They spent several months on site organizing and running the operation and they did not leave until they succeeded in finding homes for every animal. From that cruelty case our organization agreed to take in goats, sheep, ducks, peacocks, partridges, quail, pheasant and fish, and in turn the ASPCA assisted in making sure we had the needed housing for these new rescues. Without their help, we would not have been able to offer our help to the animals. We cherish this new relationship between the ASPCA and West Place Animal Sanctuary and we look forward to being involved with them in the future for all the good work they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I met an ASPCA volunteer in Hoboken today and he asked me to donate money to animals in need. I told him many times that I am already making a donation to an animal shelter but he kept pressuring me to signup and donate. ASPCA needs to train their volunteers better.

4 Liz_95

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been interested in adopting a cat ever since I moved from home three years ago. I consistently pay attention to the ASPCA website and their available cats for adoption. I visited the shelter on Friday just with the intention of looking at animals. I was impressed with the amount of forms that you had to fill out just to look at the animals and have time with them - including proof of address and past experiences with animals. While it may seem cumbersome to few, I think that this made it much more secure for both the animals and the volunteers. It limited the amount of people that were wandering around the shelter and kept it secure and comfortable for the animals. One thing that I was disappointed in was the amount of kids running around and pointing at cats in the lobby. While I understand that kids are there with their parents to pick out their animal, it should be more restricted. Children also should not be allowed to play in the lobby because it was loud and distracting to the animals.
Even though I went without the intention of adopting that day, the volunteers were so helpful and supportive that I ended up coming home with my new friend, Gherkin. Gherkin is a two year old male tabby who has shown nothing but love and affection since I took him home. He has adjusted relatively well to his new home and has acted well towards others. I am a big fan of his personality - though it is completely different from what it was described as on his card in the shelter.
The ASPCA and its volunteers made me feel safe and secure in my adoption process and provided me with an animal that I know I will cherish and love forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted two beautiful kittens from the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan. It was an outstanding experience, and something I would recommend to anyone considering adopting an animal.

From the moment I walked into the Center, everyone worked hard to make me feel welcome. I filled out some paperwork while I waited briefly, and a very friendly volunteer (Sarah?) showed me cats. While we met the animals, she gave me care tips and advice, and was very helpful in answering all of my questions. There were tons of other volunteers playing with the animals and making sure that they were engaged, and the habitats in the center were clearly designed to make the cats feel cared for.

Finally, I met the "right" kittens. Something just clicked, and I knew that this bonded pair had to come home with me. I hadn't intended on getting a pair of kittens, but honestly could not be happier with my decision. It seemed to me that there was a cat there for every kind of cat person, and everyone made the process of finding a new friend fun, easy, and stress free.

Getting my kittens home, I did have a minor question about their eating habits during their first few meals with me. I called the ASPCA hotline, and a behaviorist (Blair) quickly got back to me and gave me outstanding advice regarding my concerns. She made sure to check in with me about the kittens in general, and made me feel welcome to call back any time for advice about any issue, big or small.

In short, if you're thinking about adopting an animal, think of the ASCPA adoption center first! Not only are they an amazing organization that does great work on behalf of animals throughout the country, their adoption center is the most friendly, helpful, and kind place that I've ever adopted an animal!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a first time cat adopter. I was apprehensive about inviting a fur-child into our home, but the coding system that the ASPCA uses helped us find our "purrfect" match. Nina is 10 months with a heart of gold. She is calm, playful, loving, and easy-going. thanks to the background information the ASPCA provides, she adjusted to our apartment in less than 24 hours. She is now reigns gently over her new domain. We are so excited to have her!