Every day the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) helps countless animals in need. They are the very the first humane society to be established in North America.
The organization was first founded back in 1866 by Henry Bergh. He created the ogranization based on his belief that animals are entitled to being treated kindly and respectfully by humans and that they have be protected by the law.
ASPCA’s mission, as stated by Henry Bergh when he started the orginazation in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”
Today the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has grown into one of the largest organizations in the world dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and helping animals in need. In addition, they are the first humane organization that has been granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals.
The organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas. They are caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals, and also serving victims of animal cruelty.
ASPCA provides a variety of programs that are designed with the single goal of helping animals. This includes mobile adoption centers, mobile spay and neuter clinic outreach programs, animal-assisted therapy training, animal poison control centers, veterinary outreach and plenty more.
You too can help make a difference for animals every month of the year by joing ASPCA Guardians, a group of dedicated friends that make regular monthly donations to help support organization. It is these donations that make it possible for the ASPCA to reach and rescue animals in need.
As an ASPCA Guardian, you’ll stay updated with the ASPCA newsletters as well as gain special access to the Guardians-only website. You can choose to donate $18, $20, $36 or any other amount you choose a month.
Donations help programs such as ASPCA’s Mobile Clinic and Outreach program that provides free and low-cost spay, neuter and vaccination services to pets in under served communities. In 2009, the Mobile Clinic Program spayed and neutered over 31,100 animals, which is a 34% increase from 2008. This program has a lasting impact at helping prevent unwanted offspring and pet homelessness.
ASPCA Meet Your Match is another program being help funded by ASPCA Guardians. It is the only method in existence today that evaluates an animal’s behavior and interests to match them to an adopter’s preferences. This program helps connect owners with a pet they really want and prevents many animals from being put to sleep at the pound.
Fundings also help the Field Investigations and Response team, a specially trained 12-person group that assists during man-made and natural disasters. The team maintains two 20-plus foot trailers, stocked with animal rescue equipment, computers and radios, veterinary supplies and kennels that can be deployed at any time to any part of the country when a disaster hits.