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We Are Their Voice

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country.

The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Matthew Bershadker Matthew Bershadker ASPCA President & CEO
Our focus is to get pets out of shelters and keep them in homes, while increasing the protections of animals under the law. We are helping to shape a society that continuously improves the lives of animals.

The ASPCA By the Numbers*

12,200
Animals Rescued
or Assisted
4,600
Adoptions from the
ASPCA Adoption Center
$12 Million
Granted to Animal
Welfare Organizations
54,300
Spay/Neuter
Surgeries Performed

*January 1, 2015–December 31, 2015