April 17, 2016 7:58 am admin
by Pamela Fitzpatrick
The Suffolk Count SPCA reminds us that April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
The ASPCA was founded by Henry Bergh, a wealthy New Yorker who dedicated his life to relieving the suffering and abuse of animals. The ASPCA was the first humane organization in North America. It’s mission was to provide an effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. Although his initial focus was horses and livestock, Bergh’s efforts soon spread to encompass dogs, cats, and other animals. He believed that “mercy to animals means mercy to mankind.” The recipient of death threats, physical attacks, and sometimes public ridicule, the passionate Bergh was referred to as “an angel in top hat” by his supporters and “the great meddler” by his detractors.
Today, the ASPCA is one of the largest humane societies in the world, 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. As the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals, the ASPCA is dedicated to fulfilling their mission through nonviolent approaches. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty.
Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA continues to maintain a strong local presence, and with programs that extend across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. The ASPCA is privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, with more than 1 million supporters.
To learn more or to find out how you can help visit their website at www.aspca.org.