Happy Birthday to Us! The ASPCA Turns 148

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 9:30am
Happy Birthday to Us! The ASPCA Turns 148

ORANGE you excited?! Today is the ASPCA’s birthday! That’s right, the oldest humane organization in the Western Hemisphere is turning the big 1-4-8. 

It all started when our founder, Henry Bergh, decided to speak up for animals in Civil War-era New York. After gathering signatures for his “Declaration of the Rights of Animals,” Bergh was given an official charter to incorporate the ASPCA on April 10, 1866. Nine days later, the first effective anti-cruelty law in the United States was passed and, with a team of three, the ASPCA began working to enforce it. By the time Bergh died in 1888, 37 of the 38 states in the U.S. had passed anti-cruelty laws.

We have spent the past 148 years honoring Henry Bergh’s mission “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States,” and we hope you will join us in celebrating. Hug your pet, don some orange, and help us blow out these 148 candles!