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ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Joan51

Donor

Rating: 5

my first job in an animal shelter was with the ASPCA a few decades ago. i was enthralled with its founder HENRY BERGH. i even read and collected all the books about him! he is a fascinating character one you would truly love. he confronted a lot of cruelty in nyc in the late 1800's. its a part of history in the annals of nyc lore. as i am the only donor that goes to their yearly meeting, i can tell you the ASPCA is doing HENRY'S work, and he would be proud of them!

Donor

Rating: 5

I HAVE A QUESTION, I THOUGHT WE WERE WORKING TOWARDS NO PETS ON CRAIGSLIST, WHAT HAPPENED HERE

6

Donor

Rating: 1

Receiving several robo calls per day from a telemarketer. No message - just hang-ups. Obviously the donations are going to telemarketing companies and NOT to the animals. They are off our list and we will never donate again. Shame on them.

8

Donor

Rating: 2

I think that CEO's salary is too high for this organization. Think how many animals can be fed with this money (over $5000,000). Most of us donate a very little sum of money that can support about 3 months supply of food for a small sized dog. It is outrageous that a small donation is also supporting the CEO's salary. I would like to more money going to the program.

Review from CharityNavigator

4 Lady G

Donor

Rating: 1

As a previous donor, I decided to focus on local SPCA and Humane Societies. Not to mention - the CEO of this organization makes $500,000 a year???? That is unconscionable!

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The CEO makes $500k/year .... s/he took in $117,222,668 in 2009. You would have no problem with a CEO of a business with $117M in sales/year making $500k (they probably make 10 times that), but in the non-profit world you are outraged?

Getting a CEO with that level of fundraising performance for $500K is a BARGAIN. You think that you could raise 0.01% of that money? Not if your life depended on it.

Review from Guidestar

2 John S.

Donor

Rating: 4

I personally experienced the work of the ASPCA when they rescued hundreds of maltreated cats from the hoarder of Caboodle Ranch. The cats were nursed back to health, rehabilitated, and adopted out to loving homes. Even the ferals were rehomed into new colonies.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated to the ASPCA for years and watched directly their activities to help both shelters and animals as well as provide general education. When compared to many of the legislative type education societies vs. actual working with the animals directly, I have found the ASPCA is living up to its reputation of helping animals. I would only advise the donator that their is a distinct difference between legislative/education efforts and actual hands on organizations. BOTH are valuable and BOTH are necessary. This particular organization is more hands-on. The HSUS for example is more the former. I highly recommend the ASPCA as your first entry choice in donating to causes for animals. The second one would be the Humane Society of the US for more pure legislative type work. ASPCA clearly distinguishes itself as a more hands on effort. Well worth the donation!

3 Judy32

Donor

Rating: 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvpL2vh3rrg Save lives pass CAARA in NYS !

5

Donor

Rating: 2

I was a donor in their Guardian program which deducts a monthly amount of money every month from my checking account since 2005. Once I read the review here showing that the CEO makes 500,000/yr I was APPALLED! My sister-in-law moved to NY 5 yrs ago and I know all about the cost of living being higher and it still does not make it OK for this organization to pay that kind of salary to anyone, CEO or other! I still donate to HSUS, Wayne Pancelle, their CEO, makes $325,000/yr which is still a very high amount, but it seems more in line w/ what an exceptional leader would make. I also donate heavily to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, and their employees make FAR less than all of these guys! I'm sure the ASPCA still does great work, but this is too big of a turn-off to keep me as a donors!

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Donor

Rating: 1

We rescued two abandoned kittens on Christmas Day after their mother was killed by a car. They were exposed to roach poison and one was foaming at the mouth. We frantically called the ASPCA poison hotline late at night to find an antidote and were told that they would not tell us anything unless we allowed them to charge $65 to our credit card. When they would hold a helpless kitten hostage and potentially allow her to die in order to shakedown her rescuers, I'm afraid that shows where their real priority lies. They'll never get another penny from us. (BTW, our kitty is okay thanks to being able to find an antidote on the internet.)

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Donor

Rating: 5

With 75% going to programs for an organization of its size, I am very impressed and glad to support their programs. *****Complaints about the CEO compensation are silly. A $500,000 salary for a CEO that can successfully run an organization with annual revenues in excess of $115,000,000 and expenses of $106,000,000 is a bargain. This dramatic increase in "wealth envy" by people with no concept of what it takes to perform a job like this is troubling and irresponsibly being fueled by the current presidential administration. Simply don't support the ASPCA if you have a problem with the CEO's pay (less than 1% of the annual revenues!!!).

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I agree with the other reviews from donors. I believe my mission this year is to make others aware of the CEO compensation, $500,000, and for us to work together to have him removed. There are plenty of talented, unemployed people that could do the job for a fraction of that salary, and the money can go to the cause. Also, I don't need mailing labels, t-shirts, etc. I realize that is one way of fundraising, but the donor should be asked whether they want ONE more t-shirt, whatever, and the saved proceeds should go to the animals.

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I have been a donor since 2008 but just canceled my monthly gift due to the extremely insulting CEO salary of almost half a million dollars. If the CEO and the board were really interesting in helping animals they would never allow such salaries. Its clear that they use the ASPCA to guilt animal lovers like myself into funding their mansions and not homeless pets. No more from me until the current CEO and Board have been replaced with people who actually care about animals and see to it that they get the money we donate!

Review from CharityNavigator

7

Donor

Rating: 1

Just received some gratuitous postage stamps today along with my invitation to join the ASPCA Guardian Monthly Giving Program. I won't be joining.

Instead, here's my counter-intuitive common sense suggestion to the ASPCA that would probably greatly, effortlessly boost donations from an increasingly wary public:

If the ASPCA board announced that it was immediately rolling back President and CEO Ed Sayres' excessive half million dollar yearly payout to at least half that amount, stop the constant over-the-top "promotional" campaigns, and cut out the wasteful merchandise swag that it continually plies on donors, I predict that donations would rise substantially.

Until that happens, I will devote my animal welfare dollars to local organizations that DO devote most of those dollars to the actual welfare of the animals and not to the care and feeding of organization administrators.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Donor

Rating: 4

They do wonderful work. Very efficient. Especially good at investigating cruelty cases.

3

Donor

Rating: 2

I went to their website with the intention of making a one time only donation. Despite checking my information very closely before submitting it~it seems that I signed up for a monthly debit from my account (NOT!). I admit I didn't notice it the first 2 months, my bad for not balancing my checkbook more frequently, but when I did I called immediately and asked that this be stopped. They have at this point continued to withdraw funds from my account. Needless to say at this point I was angy and asked for a return of my $$. I told them they could keep the additional $100 since it was my mistake for not checking my account more closely, however the money taken after my call to cancel this~I wanted it back! Despite multiple calls, and being told that the $$ had not posted in their records (they sure could withdraw it on a Sunday with no trouble), I was finally told that my refund was issued and should appear before the end of last week. Well here it is Monday and no refund. Guess I'll be calling the bank next~what a hassle. I told them in no uncertain terms that I would hit the internet (here, their Facebook page, etc) and make my concerns public~they didn't really seem to care. I will follow through with that and in the meantime continue to hound them by phone until my funds are returned. DO NOT waste your money here. I give regularly to local shelters and rescue groups that I am familiar with. From now on, ALL of my funds will be kept local. I urge others to do the same. Not to mention all of the other concerns mentioned by other posters~all legitimate in my book. Be advised!

Review from CharityNavigator

1 Diane K.

Donor

Rating: 5

It continues to amaze me the level of ignorance of so many folks and, interestingly enough, they flaunt it by their elementary comments such as those posted here. Any one with reasonable business sense understands that you get what you pay for. You cannot be so myopic as to judge the value of an organization simply by the salary of the CEO.

High performing organizations understand that in order to get top of the line results, you must hire top of the line CEO's. I am not personally concerned with this individual's salary as I believe it is commensorate with the demonstrated performance of the organiziton. And, countless animals are alive today becuase we have invested in strong leadership here. Step back and look at the big picture.

Here's another way to look at it. Julia Rogers makes about $20M per film these days. I could do the same film, let's say the Pelican Brief, for about $10,000 As a viewer, seeing my film would be dirt cheap; however, that's about all it would be worth - dirt. I am not a competent actor and would not get the significant results Julia would get. It is no different with the role of the ASPCA's CEO.

Please reconsider and look at it through the eyes of those additional wonderful creatures who are saved because of the leadership brought on by the CEO.

Diane Kelley

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 2

I just noticed , due to charity navigator , that the ceo of aspca brings home almost half a million dollars a year. whats with this kind of salary. I've had a donation from my bank account deducted for the last couple of years for them, I think I will find another animal charity to give. to.

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Donor

Rating: 2

I am a devout animal lover and have donated to the ASPCA in the past, but have decided not to any longer, for 3 main reasons:

1. About 8 years ago, a friend who was getting married requested that in lieu of wedding presents, that donations be made to the ASPCA. I gave $40 in her honor. Ever since that time, whenever I receive a donation request from the ASPCA, it asks for a minimum of $40, then $60, $80, and "other." Because I donated $40 at one point in my life, I feel it is presumptuous for the ASPCA to assume that I should continue to donate that much as their suggested minimum amount. Although I have been unemployed lately, I have continued to contribute small amounts to charities I truly feel are deserving, but have not contributed to the ASPCA lately. Had the ASPCA asked for a minimum of $7 or $8, then $12, and then $20, I may have been more likely to contribute.

2. I also resent the continual notices sent in the mail asking for donations. By receiving more than one notice a month, I feel like the money I DO donate is simply going towards paper, envelopes and postage instead of directly helping animals.

3. I appreciate this Charity Navigator site to be able to learn about the different charities and people's experiences and opinions of them. I was shocked to read the exorbitant salary of the ASPCA's president. If the president decided to cut his salary in half because he wanted those funds to help animals instead of himself, I feel that the ASPCA would receive a significant increase in donations as this would be such a great example of what the organization truly stands for.

Until the ASPCA makes the above suggested changes, I can't see continuing to support them, and will be giving my donations, however small, to other, more deserving charities to help the animals.

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