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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

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

3 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!

1 Melissa346

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff/volunteers at the NYC ASPCA were caring, professionals! Clean, nicely cared-for cats! We have 3 & 6 year old kids, and the staff really helped match us with the best cat. They provide an rfid chip, spaying, a few days worth of food, & labeled collar, plus a care packet. The adoption fee was even paid for by the Animal Channel (not sure how common this is, but the fee would have been reasonable for our 1 year old cat, especially with all that's provided!) They also contact you 3 days, and then 3 weeks, and then 3 months after adoption to follow up! I'd definitely recommend coming to the NYC ASPCA for adopting a furry pet!
Meet Geno!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my puppy Aspen is a 4 yrs old Yorkshire terrier. I adopted him from the aspca in New York. the lady in the humane society said to ask them at the aspca if Aspen was healthy, social and friendly. When I met Aspen he was all three. He had just arrived at the aspca and they needed time to evaluate him - then he could be put on hold. A week later, I got a call that I could adopt him. When I met Aspen he immediately felt comfortable with me. The dog behaviorist said that he is slightly nervous around children and strangers and almost trained. I knew from the first time I saw him that he was comfortable with me and my husband and I adopted him. He is nervous around children and strangers and is almost trained, but he adjusted quickly to his new home and is so happy in his new home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ASPCA does so much for the animals in their care. They also donate to the rescue groups who need financial assistance!

1 Elle W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience adopting a kitten! The volunteer let me spend 2+ hours looking at every single cat. Once I chose the cat, I was able to talk to a behaviorist to make sure it was the right cat for me. Then even though they were backed up and I almost couldn't process the adoption that night, they ended up squeezing me in, which I really appreciated. They provided a free collar and identification tag and I was able to buy very cheap treats and toys and they gave me free samples of the food he was on. My cat is adorable and sweet and I have called back to ask questions and the staff has been so knowledgable. Definitely recommend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My vet recommended the ASPCA Adoption Center because they've had a lot of new patients come from there and they were always in great condition, very well cared for. I went to adopt a cat, and it could not have been better. The space is clean and the cats all seemed very comfortable. The staff and volunteers were all so warm and kind. They take their time with you to help you find the right match, but they don't force you into any "category." They were all so genuinely happy for me as I found "the one," it was like I had family with me or something. They gave great information about all the cats, and the cost of adoption is a steal compared to all they have done for the cat (all shots, spay/neuter, microchip, etc.). Go find your new furry kid here and help support a great organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last week we decided to visit the ASPCA to adopt a dog. We had looked at other rescues but had had good experiences with the ASPCA's medical center and decided to give their adoption center a try. The process was very easy but informative. The volunteers clearly have a lot of knowledge and care deeply for the animals that are in the shelter. One of the things we really liked was that volunteers only show you dogs that they think will be a good match for your family. Once you express interest in a dog, you have a consult with a dog trainer who has been working with that dog. The trainer gives you more information about that dog and it is incredibly helpful.

We looked at two dogs, the first was not quite the right fit for our family but we ended up bringing the second dog home. Although we have only had him for a week, we absolutely love him. The information the ASPCA gave us about his personality and what behaviors they thought he might exhibit were spot on. Thank you to the ASPCA for all the wonderful work that you do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a pet cat who was my companion for 12 years and after a wonderful long loving caring life with him he grew old and tired and passed away. I was left with a void . I knew I needed a new companion, One who would need my loving caring attention. I chose aspca as there is always an animal in need of a Loving nurturing home - with a caring owner to give them the time and attention and love they need. And what better way then to adopt a Loving pet.. One in need of such care.
Ollie has been a gift and has quickly worked his way into my heart as a loving little companion he follow me all around and loves to play and go for long walks with me.. He is eager to learn new things and loves to cuddle . Thank you so much to the ASPCA for my new companion

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have the utmost respect for the ASPCA. They do incredible work for animals and for organizations serving animals. Our non-profit, the Ozzy Foundation, which assists families with veterinary bills for their pets, has received grants from the ASPCA totaling $15,000 over the past several years. Having support from such a prestigious organization means a lot to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their website had helpful information on what I would need to adopt. I was able to bring everything with me and adopt the same day I went into the shelter. The staff was knowledgeable about the cats and was able to show me which cats met my lifestyle and which cats would be best for me based on what I said I was looking for in a cat. The cat I chose was perfect temperament wise for what I was looking for.

I like that the ASPCA does a thorough screening. There were two girls before me that were denied based on their lack of knowledge and improper environment for a cat to live.

My cat has a heart murmur which the staff was open and honest about and gave me the option to speak to the veterinarian. The vet was very patient and answered all of my questions.

I also like that the cat is micro chipped and neutered. There was no adoption fee because he is four, which was also nice! I love the collar and engraved tag they gave me as well! That was a nice bonus.

The staff made sure to send home a good amount of food with me so that the cat could transition easily. They also sent me with a lot of documentation to bring to my family vet, as well as a voucher to see their vet if anything comes up in the 14 days after adoption.

My one (sort of) complaint would be that my cat has one vaccination coming up this week. They said I could wait about 2 weeks but it should be done within the two weeks. Since it was so close to the date It would have been nice is they had just administered it to him on site, but that isn't the biggest deal.

Overall I had a great experience and I would recommend for your next adoption!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience adopting from the 92nd St. ASPCA! I found the cat that I wanted on there website and was able to adopt her the next day. Potential adopters are thoroughly screened and the whole process take about 2 hours. Since I knew which cat that I wanted after looking at the location website, I did not take the tour and was brought to meet the cat right away. This particular cat, named "Lee", has a heart condition and requires very specific medication treatments. The staff, who had been keeping her as an office pet, was very friendly and full of great advice.
The veterinarians and behavioral specialist provided easy-to-follow instructions on administering the cat's meds as well as sound advice on acclimating the cat to her new home. Full medical records and a prescription for medication refills were also provided. I adopted the cat on a Thursday so there was no charge. The gave me a collar, a carrier, and bag with several cans of food free of charge. They were also able to sell me feeding bowls and a litter box with liners at a very reasonable price. Please note that there is a $75 charge if you should decide to adopt on the weekend. If you do not find the pet that you want online before visiting, they will provide you with a full tour all of the available cats and dogs in the facility.
A few days later I even received a phone call following up to make sure that the cat is doing well in her new home. The staff will also be available to provide any additional advice that you may need at any time during the office hours of 11am to 7pm. I'm glad i made the choice to adopt though the ASPCA and I highly recommend their services.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Jubilee a few days ago from the adoption center on 92nd street. My experience at the center was wonderful. The workers were helpful, seemed to genuinely care about the welfare of the cats and kittens and have very close relationships with some of the cats. I went on a Tuesday afternoon around 4 PM expecting it to be empty, but apparently other people had the same idea, but although they seemed pretty busy, I was able to fill out a few forms and see available cats in short order, and walked out with my new roommate just over an hour later. The adoption center provided a collar and name tag with my phone number on it, as well as an information packet on certain aspects of feline care and food to make sure that her diet would be the same at home as it was at the shelter to provide consistency in her diet and comfort with her routine.

I would certainly recommend the ASPCA adoption center to anyone considering adopting a cat or kitten. Additionally, I adopted on a weekday, so Jubilee, who is just over a year old, was free, as opposed to the normal fee of $75 for cats aged 4 months to 3 years. Even though I did not have to pay (and I was pleasantly surprised about that) I will probably donate to the ASPCA due to the excellent service I received and the great work they are doing, and I would encourage others to do the same.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi,
I adopted "Quasar" the cutest kitten in the world. The staff was kid friendly and made us feel welcomed. We love our little forever friend. I also made a donation while I was there. Thank you again ASPCA.

1 Anthony76

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to see about adopting a new fur-ever friend after the passing of our beloved 16.5 year old tuxedo girl, Lola. The space was well set up, with a variety of cats to see and meet. The volunteer who took me (and my mother-in-law, who was in town that weekend) through the process explained everything and answered any questions I had. I wound up meeting several cats, but as they say, a cat picks you, and that's how I wound up with Jackie (previously Nicoria), who loves her new home so far. Definitely a worthy option if you are looking to provide someone with a new lease on life.

1 MariaNYC

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am incredibly impressed by the ASPCA's adoption program. They are very organized, and both their staff and many volunteers walk you through the process from start to finish. It's the additional support provided, however, that I want to write about. You are given a free vet visit to use within a month of when you adopt (I adopted a kitten, so this is to make sure his booster shots are done). They also provide an extensive information packet with everything you need to know about caring for a cat - I am a previous cat owner and rescuer, and I still learned new things. They provide a hotline to call with any questions re: health, behavior, or any other support you need; I've used it a few times already. At no extra cost, they gave me a bag of both the dry and wet food brands they'd been feeding my cat so that I could transition him smoothly. They also gave a collar with engraved tag. For the $125 adoption fee (it's lower for older cats), you get all of the above as well as spaying/neutering, deworming, vaccinating, SNAP testing and microchipping. They follow up afterwards by e-mail to see how you're doing, and they'll take back any pet they adopt out if you can no longer provide care. I am thoroughly impressed and recommend them highly! They've got animal rescue down to a science. Sidenote: they also play a huge role in spaying/neutering NYC's feral cat population. Being TNR certified, I have been able to bring several stray cats and have them spayed/neutered for free.