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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.
Their 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. 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.”
The ASPCA provides animal rescue, protection, and placements services. In 2018, they rescued over 21,000 animals. They have teams that are deployed for large scale raids and national emergencies, working in conjunction with law enforcement to rescue animals and collecting evidence to be used against their abusers. They were deployed 23 times last year. They also provide emergency veterinary care for low income pet owners.