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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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and I went by here to start the process of getting her a kitten for her 19th birthday. What a delightful and professional experience, from check-in through being interviewed to figure out what kind of a cat companion she wanted (she wanted a "personal assistant" it turns out!), and finally seeing the kitten we ended up bringing home as a new family member. Everyone was very thorough and we were given absolutely everything we needed to get started, as well as a behavioral hotline to call with any issues, for the life of our pet. It breaks my heart to think that our little kitten had been a stray on the street until he came to the ASPCA, and I would hope that everyone would consider adoption here if looking for a companion animal.

1 Holly83

Client Served

Rating: 5

i went to the ASPCA on sunday with the intention of adopting a kitty, when the kitty i wanted to adopt didn't end up being the right match for my family i was introduced to another little cat named PEYTON. well needless to say i fell in love and couldn't leave with out her.
she is such a joy to my family.
I would highly recommend adopting from the ASPCA every one from the volunteers to the adoption counselors to the Drs there.
everyone is wonderful!
thank you all so much!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! The love and compassion they show the animals is beyond more than I can say! This place is family. We went to pick out a cat and the knowledge the staff has of every single animal there is great! Staff is the best! They treat you with kindness, answer anything and everything, show you every piece of information they have on each animal and don't hide anything! ASPCA IS THE BEST AND THANKS FOR LETTING US ADOPT CRUNCHY!

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

After my 14 year-old cat 'TRACI' , who was like a son went to Heaven back in November 2015, I was reluctant to replace him with another cat. However, I had an empty space that needed to be filled and it was time to have some company again. I thought about purchasing a cat but realized that there were so many animals in shelters that needed a home. A friend of mine actually drove me to the 92nd Street ASPCA and told me that’s where he adopted his feline friend from. I must say, even though it was crowed, the wait-time was not long and I was escorted by a very courteous and patient volunteer who showed me a variety of cats of all ages. I was extremely impressed with the clean and well-kept center. Not even a hint of odor and the animals seemed very happy, as a matter of fact, the cat that caught my eye and heart was a 4-year old black & white the center called 'RASCAL'. When he was let out of his cage for us to do some bonding, he walked around me, purred and politely went back into his cage. Once in his cage, he turned and meowed at me… that’s when I knew he was the one I wanted to take home.

I have since renamed him ‘LOGAN’. At my house, LOGAN started exploring and decided that he likes to sit on my baby grand piano and look out the window.

HE IS SUCH A CUTIE and so mild-mannered.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost two weeks ago I visited the ASPCA 92nd Street location and adopted a 4-year-old tuxedo cat I've named Herbie. I knew I wanted to adopt an older cat to give it a chance at having a good home, but since I've never owned a cat before I also knew I needed some guidance. The ASPCA has you fill out a questionnaire so they can get to know you better and then you sit down with a volunteer to figure out what kind of cat personality you're looking for (they test each cat to determine if they're a 'sidekick', 'leader of the band,' etc.). After that the volunteer took me into the room where the cats are kept, each one of them with their own bed, food, and toys behind glass. The space was very clean and each cat has information about their approximate age, adoption date, description of their temperament, and any health issues the ASPCA vet may have come across during their examination. Herbie was a 'see vet' cat, which means I met with the vet before officially adopting him so she could explain some health issues he came in with.

I didn't take too long looking around for a cat, but the staff wants to make sure the cats are paired with the right person so they definitely would have taken the time. I was just so smitten with Herbie after I kneeled down and he came out of his bed and put his paws on the glass right where I was. I knew he was the one! Even so, they take the cat to a socialization area so you can get to know it better. I can be a little timid in these situations and this was my first ever adoption as I mentioned, so I really appreciated the patience, care, and expertise of the staff and volunteers.

After meeting with the vet, I filled out the paperwork and picked up a starter kit (food/water bowls, litter box and litter, and some toys) they had on hand. They provide packets/cans of dry and wet food at no cost and an information guide on everything you need to know about caring for your pet in the years to come. I also bought a hard carrier from them, which was recommended for Herbie (you can also rent one). It looks like a lot of cats, especially kittens, go home in a box that the ASPCA provides.

I was really impressed with the fact that the ASPCA takes such good care of these animals and gives them the best chance possible to be adopted into a loving home. Herbie was given his vaccines and microchipped/registered automatically with Home Again (they do this for all their animals), and he also received a necessary tooth extraction. This was done when he arrived a month earlier. Also, the adoption fee is waived for cats over 3. All this means I adopted a cat at no charge, which I didn't expect. I just paid for the starter kit and carrier.

Herbie really has come into his own in his new home, and it warms my heart every day to see him feeling more and more at ease. I can't imagine my life without him, and I'm so glad I chose the ASPCA who took care of him so well after he was out on the streets for who knows how long. They will take an adopted pet back whenever, even years down the line, in the event you can no longer care for the pet. Herbie will always be safe with me, but I think that shows the ASPCA's life-long commitment to these animals. They check in with you periodically after adoption to make sure everything is okay, and they also provide a 14-day medical voucher in case anything should pop up that they didn't spot while he was at the shelter.

Thank you, ASPCA! I will definitely be supporting your efforts with donations in the future. You do a wonderful thing. Herbie would thank you too, but he's too busy snoring in the cat bed I made him (photo attached). :)

4 Anita51

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! I talked with Olivia Williams about the Horse Action Team and became even more enthusiastic about working to save horses at risk. Hope for Horses, Inc. was in need of funding to help gentle and train at risk horses we took in. The process was efficient and thorough. We received our notice quickly and the funding arrived before I could tell everyone involved! Thank You

3 Yvette I.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We were honored to be awarded 3 pallets of 9-Lives dry food from 9-Lives and the ASPCA!! As a small non-profit, we applied for the food grant but never thought we would be awarded anything and were THRILLED when we were chosen!

We ourselves feed about 200 cats in our fosters and feral cat colonies. We also passed along some of the food to a few other groups who also help low-income people who feed and maintain feral cat colonies, so we are ALL thrilled with this WONDERFUL GIFT!

Below are a few pictures of the day we picked up the food at the Big Heart Pet Distribution Center in Bloomsburg, PA. They were extremely helpful, especially Shelly Rainer, who arranged everything for us. The day was a wonderful experience thanks to you all and we can not thank you enough for your generosity and kindness for choosing up as one of the grant recipients!

Gratefully,
Yvette Iwanowski-Director
Castaway Cats -Bear, DE

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a nonprofit shelter in the Pacific Northwest. We have received a great deal of support from the ASPCA over the past several years, including grants to help us improve our cat housing, transport cats from other shelters, and find homes for special needs cats; as well as resources and information through ASPCA Pro. We are also pleased to partner with the ASPCA on relocation of at-risk cats and kittens from the Los Angeles area up to our shelter.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a small municipal shelter with a very dedicated staff of employees and volunteers and fosters. We have worked with the ASPCA for a few years and have had nothing but positive experiences with all the employees. We have been fortunate to receive grants to support our adoption efforts. The grants are easy to navigate and the people are wonderful to provide resources and help. The website has training and educational resources that have been a great help to us over the years. We recently received $4,000 for Rescue Ride Transports and will continue to look to the ASPCA to help us save lives.

2 tchs

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm the director of a small (but mighty) humane society in MN. The ASPCA has been a great resource for us in many ways. We've received grants from them for a variety of projects and we also learn about successes other shelters are having with programs so we can apply them to our organization. I have them on speed dial!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopt hard-to-place cats: senior, blind, handicapped in some way. And i saw a 12-year-old cat on the ASPCA's website. I went there, carrier at the ready, but it turned out this one fellow needed to be an only cat. But the staff there was very helpful and understanding, and instead of my leaving disappointed, showed me some other deserving cats. And so i met Apricot, a 13 year old with a heart murmur, a sweet disposition and, having come from a hoarding situation, ready to join a home with just a couple of siblings! And it's all thanks to the patience and understanding of a very informed and compassionate staff. And the building itself is a marvelous place -- nothing like the sad, dark shelters of the old days. This place was light and clean and filled with enthusiasm, with quiet rooms set aside for those animals who weren't quite as social. Really lovely.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our small non-profit rescue just received a ASPCA and Subaru Share the Love Ride for the Rescue grant. What a blessing this is for our organization and the animals. The grant process was very straight forward and relatively simple to navigate. We were notified of the grant in a short period of time.
The ASPCA is a wonderful organization, who are known and acclaimed for helping animals. We thank them for their generosity and continued work on helping animals and organizations in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our small non-profit animal rescue organization just received a $4,000 grant from the ASPCA and Subaru "Share the Love" Rescue Ride. Kudos to the ASPCA for making the grant application process so very user friendly. And, for also looking out for the small rescue organizations too. Many thanks of gratitude from all the volunteers & animals at the Humane Society of Dover-Stewart County. Will post pictures later when we receive our Adoption Trailer.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ASPCA provided us with an emergency grant that helped the 26 dogs we rescued from the flooding in South Carolina! We could not have done it without them. The process was user friendly, the staff was professional and a pleasure to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience with patient, knowledgeable staff and volunteers. We left with the two most adorable kittens and couldn't be happier.

Former staff

Rating: 5

The staff was great. I had previously worked at ASPCA a few years ago and knew the difficulty in getting pets with handicaps and deformities adopted. I had recently had one of my cats pass away, and went there looking for a " special needs" cat, knowing that he or she would fit in with my other pets. I looked at a few, but fell in love with this little Tripod. The staff was very helpful in explaining what he would need, and getting me through the adoption process. He turned out to be a great little guy. He made friends with my others quickly and is a real love bug. I was so glad I adopted him. The staff there helped me make a great choice. I highly recommend going to ASPCA to adopt. They won't rush you through a decision. They make sure you get what is appropriate for your level of experience.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Staff was incredibly patient and caring. Excellent facility. Adorable animals!! - highly recommend

1 Byron K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Adopted 2 Kitten's at ASPCA Over The Summer & there Very Healthy Good Kitten's & i'm keeping them Forever :) & there Names are Oreo & Garfield & I Love them a lot :) ASPCA Is Awesome. :)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ASPCA, through their Rescuing Racers Initiative, has sparked the horse racing industry to focus on quality aftercare when horses are done running. We appreciate their continued support in our mission....

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just adopted a new cat from the ASPCA van. The staff and volunteers were so helpful and friendly, and I am impressed with all the support you get for a new pet-- an info packet, collar and starter tag, dry and canned food, plus I got a great deal on a new cat carrier. He also came home w a hand crocheted blanket and two little cat toys. You can really tell that the ASPCA genuinely cares about animals and love cats!