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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I run a non profit pet food pantry to help families who are struggling to care for their pets and the ASPCA has been such a blessing with their gift of food and funds to help us with our mission. Beyond that, their employees (in particular Adam Liebling) are FANTASTIC!! Quick to respond, professional, friendly... just amazing, truly. Thank you ASPCA for helping us do what we do. At Halo Cafe, Fresno County's Pet Food Pantry, we are saving lives one full tummy at a time. THANK YOU!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

We had in the past sent contributions to this organization and - because of the name behind it - had purchased insurance for an adopted cat. The insurance has numerous bad reviews of people saying that it would not pay out. type in the organization name and scam and you will see....
They were exactly right - it appears that their insurance is a scam.
If ASPCA wants people to trust them about their mission and whether they use their contributions right, perhaps they should hire a REPUTABLE company to manage their pet insurance which bears their name.

If you lend your name to a service, then you should make sure that they are doing what they say they will do. This makes me trust this organization very little, now.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Upper East Side NYC facility exceeded every expectation we had - it was gorgeous, sparkling clean, well managed and with extremely helpful and courteous staff. Right away the volunteer helped us find a "feline-ality" match - a cat who was exactly what we were looking for, mellow and sweet. Thank you so much for helping us find our perfect little one!

4 Lin H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

 There are three reasons that I will no longer support this organization, those three reasons having to do with the Caboodle story only tangentially: First, the extreme ugliness of their supporters. Look and judge for yourself. http://madisonfloridavoice.net/?s=took+my+cats

 Second, in my opinion they have squandered the "in good faith" donations, including mine, to fly in and entertain people from all over the country when there were and are local and semi-local people who could have been of assistance. Instead of putting their volunteers up locally, in addition, the word is that they put them up in expensive Jax hotels and restaurants and rented tour coaches to carry them to and from Lee each day of the "rescue." https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhEJ5J_n7tIqdHNTNmJfZ1Fwc2RuazR2RHJpVGVqSmc#gid=0
Since this is a matter of local rumor, I am willing to have it pointed out and proven that it is not entirely accurate by the display of hotel and restaurant bills.

Third, they claim to have "rescued" the Caboodle cats and yet their "adoption event" is being billed as "free of charge adoptions." Surely, this organization has the experience to know that "free to a good home" adoptions are not in the best interests of the animals. If they do not, here is something that might help them: http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/animal_adoption/free_pets.php#ixzz21rku8pUI
Fourth, I have over the summer discovered numerous otherwise moderate opinion that gives me much concern that the opinion that I have had of the organization may no longer be a valid or accurate one: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_21169780/tables-turned-humane-society (Please read to note the involvement of the ASPCA in this story. Unfortunately, however, I have come to believe that the HSUS and the ASPCA are "on the same page" in a number of ways and I therefore include this link also: http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/vet-practice-news-columns/reality-check/hsus-agenda-on-par-with-that-of-peta.aspx)

 Disillusionment is not an easy thing. I have many times offered the ASPCA supporters the opportunity to re-instate the organization in my constellation of charities. However, they have not attempted to do so. I was once even directly refused. Instead, they have continued to name-call, accuse, pivot the discussion, and to employ other very recognizable fallacious tactics of argument. For me, I would not have cut off my contributions to a charitable organization because of a bona fide willingness to take on the rescue of animals that they, in good faith, believed to be abused. What I will withdraw my contributions for is manipulation, waste, inhumanity to man or animal, or for an extremist mission that I can no longer find myself in sympathy with because of its extremity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My sister and I USED to give to ASPCA until I started getting involved in advocating for shelter pets. No more. They won't spend a penny on a sick or injured animal, and usually drop them at kill shelters. Here is just one incident. There is much more info on this blog, please tell your friends. http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=9285

Review from CharityNavigator

7 Diane34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As a cat rescuer I no longer support the ASPCA. You are not helping animals the way that you should be. You send animals to the kill shelters instead of trying to save them. You have very deep pockets and don't save enough lives. Take a look at the kill lists for dogs and cats every single day. Many are killed. It makes me sick. I tried calling your organization and couldn't get a single person to talk to. Extremely disappointing. How about coming up with solutions? Many of us rescuers and the public come up with brilliant ideas of how all of this killing can stop but no one will listen to us because we are small. You are a large organization and people will listen to you if, and only if, you send the right messages. Let the public know what really goes on. Support more foster programs, organize more adoption events etc. Help stop all of this killing!!!

Review from CharityNavigator

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

The President/CEO makes over a 1/2 Million Dollars each year.....that does not seem right to me.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My friend was "raided" by the ASPCA. Truly amazing how they villianize others in the interests of "fund-raising". I strongly encourage anyone interested in donating to give to local rescues, and donate food or supplies. Do not give money so that paid employees can sit in their glass houses and throw stones at those in the trenches who are trying to do the right thing and make a difference. And especially do not give a dime to the ASPCA. Give to volunteer associations, people who do what they do for free, not for a salary.

Review from CharityNavigator

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have been a fundraiser for many years (for a child care related organization), but I was and still am an animal advocate and I appreciate everything every rescue group does to help our most vulnerable groups (companion animals). But, in these times of shrinking dollars, it is the smaller organizations that don't have paid fundraisers or marketing firms, that need donations. If you care for animals, find a local shelter in your area, volunteer there, donate pet food, and if you can, donate your hard-earned money to them, instead of larger groups. They might not be sophisticated as the larger and more prestigious groups, but they do as much or more for abandoned and abused companion animals.