The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. Based in New York City since its inception in 1866, the organization's mission is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States."
Animal Health Services$49m
Animal health services (ahs) is comprised of resources and programs that support the welfare of animals and help pet owners care for their pets. Ahs includes the aspca animal hospital, the aspca animal poison control center, the aspca spay / neuter alliance (formerly humane alliance) based in asheville, north carolina, and community medicine in new york city, los angeles, and in miami. The aspca animal poison control center (apcc) provides emergency assistance to pet owners and veterinarians to help animals who have been exposed to potentially hazardous substances. The team answered over 288,000 calls in 2017, a 15% increase over 2016. Each year, apcc continues to help more animals. Apcc staff also provided 44 hours of continuing education for veterinary professionals and provides poison-prevention tips and educational information to pet owners.the aspca animal hospital (aah) operates to relieve suffering and provide lifesaving care for animals who have been victims of cruelty and neglect, and for pets whose owners are experiencing financial challenges. In 2017, aah treated more than 10,250 public clients, and provided care via the aah one aspca fund to 5,062 animals whose owners were unable to afford veterinary care. In addition, aah provided medical care to 652 animals from nypd cases, to 1,808 adoption center animals, and to 171 animals rescued by aspca's community engagement. Since opening a stationary spay/neuter clinic in south los angeles in 2014, two mobile spay/neuter clinics and one mobile veterinary unit were added, the latter dedicated to primary pet care (ppc) for owners with little access to veterinary services. In 2017, these facilities provided wellness exams for over 1,000 dogs and cats being relocated by the aspca from shelters in the los angeles area to parts of the country where they had a better chance of finding new homes. Community medicine provided vaccinations and other services for kittens in the pee wee diversion program. These kittens were transferred from the shelters to foster homes, where they received loving care until they were old enough to be spayed or neutered and adopted.the aspca spay/neuter alliance (asna), formerly humane alliance, continued to increase capacity for spay/neuter surgeries across the country. In 2017, asna performed 26,438 surgeries at its clinic in asheville, nc, working with more than 50 animal welfare groups across the western part of the state. Asna also taught spay/neuter best practices to more than 950 veterinarians, veterinary externs and professionals, including staff from spay/neuter clinics nationwide. Cumulatively, over the course of 2017, the network of spay/neuter clinics fostered and trained by asna sterilized over 1.1 million companion animals across the country.the aspca's community medicine (cm) department offers spay/neuter services as well as door-to-door advocacy, fully subsidized services and mobile clinics in key areas, offering services like vaccinations, preventative medications, and other treatments. It also makes referrals to partners for more specialized care in an effort to prevent relinquishment and focus on pet retention, playing an important role in the organization's work to protect animals and reduce overpopulation. In the south bronx and brooklyn's east new york neighborhood, two new mobile clinics provided primary pet care (ppc) for owners with little access to veterinary services. In 2017, the aspca performed 46,572 spay/neuter surgeries and treated 3,848 primary pet care patients in nyc.in la, the organization treated more than 4,000 primary pet care patients and performed 16,758 spay/neuter surgeries. In miami, cm developed plans to build a spay/neuter and primary pet care clinic in collaboration with miami-dade animal services. The clinic is scheduled to open in 2019.
Public Education and Communications$43m
Critically important to the aspca's mission is educating the public and bringing awareness to its programs, illustrating how people and organizations can get involved. In 2017, the aspca had more than 50.8 million page views on aspca.org, bringing awareness to supporters and the public at large on action they can take on behalf of animals. Social media postings are an essential part of the aspca's education process, and they updated the public of regulatory wins and provided details of the aspca's anti-cruelty efforts. In 2017, the aspca's promotions generated tens of millions of social media impressions. The public was updated on action that can be taken to ensure that animals are given the greatest possible protection under the law and made aware of how each person can help this effort. More than 150 advocacy e-mails were sent in 2017 to aspca supporters urging them to take action on a variety of animal welfare issues. With the help of advocates, the aspca secured new animal protection laws and regulatory wins for animals at the nation's capital and in state legislatures across the country. In 2017, the aspca distributed more than 1,800,000 copies of aspca action, its member magazine, and 15,000 copies, combined print and digital, of its annual report. Aspca action includes information on aspca events and programs as well as pet care behavior and advice. Legislative and animal advocacy news keeps members up-to-date on current and future initiatives and how they can help ensure that animals receive necessary protection under the law. This magazine is available on the aspca website, which has many additional educational resources for the public. The aspca was a leading voice in national and local media on animal cruelty and welfare issues in 2017. This media coverage--along with the voices of notable celebrity influencers--brought critical exposure to the needs of vulnerable and victimized animals and the aspca's commitment to their rescue and protection. High-profile media outlets featuring the work of the aspca positioned their experts on critically important topics including blood sports, disaster relief, the aspca-new york police department (nypd) partnership, animal homelessness and sheltering, better legal protections for companion and farm animals. In total, the aspca generated more than 19,000 favorable media placements across traditional media outlets and blogs in 2017. Major media outlets covering aspca campaigns and events included: good morning america, nbc: megyn kelly today, fox and friends, the dr. Oz show, nbc: on the money, the new york times, the washington post, cnn, the associated press and usa today. The aspca also engaged many celebrity influencers who lent their voices to highlight the organization's work. In January 2017, the aspca established a temporary shelter to quarantine approximately 500 cats originating from animal care centers of nyc shelters in order to abate an outbreak of the h7n2 virus. News of the aspca's involvement in preventing the spread of the disease and treating those animals already infected was reported by both local and national media outlets, including the associated press, reuters, npr, the new york times, the new york post, am new york, and wabc. In February, the aspca announced that some of the cats were ready for adoption, prompting another round of media coverage highlighting the aspca's efforts around the outbreak. Media outlets reporting on the adoption of quarantined cats included the new york daily news, new york post, ny1, and am new york.in new york city, the aspca's partnership with the nypd resulted in more than 120 animal cruelty arrests and more than 650 animal victims treated by the aspca. Stories of that success and various facets of our nyc anti-cruelty work were covered by a variety of new york city media outlets. For example, the compelling story of blue, a deaf dog the aspca has been training for months after being rescued from freezing weather, highlighted the work of the aspca's canine annex for recovery and enrichment (care). Both national and local outlets reported on blue's amazing story, including people, aol, msn, the new york post, wnyw, and wttg. Stories about other aspca-nypd cases appeared in the new york post, the new york daily news, ny1, wnbc, aol, the daily mail, people, and gothamist.in 2017, the aspca's veterinary forensics team was highlighted in an article for the new york times, positioning the organization as expert on animal cruelty issues and veterinary forensics and explaining the work required to gather evidence that helps put animal cruelty perpetrators behind bars. This program was also featured in forensic magazine and scientific american. During a very destructive 2017 hurricane season, the aspca was directly involved in disaster relief efforts associated with hurricane harvey in texas, hurricane irma in florida, and hurricane maria in the u.s. Virgin islands. From water rescues to transporting animals out of harm's way to establishing emergency shelters, the aspca's disaster response efforts were reported nationally and regionally across the u.s. Media outlets covering the aspca's efforts include: the associated press, usa today, washington post, national geographic, today, and fox news, the boston globe, the herald tribune, the democrat & chronicle, the post & courier, the bradenton herald, wnyw, st. Thomas source, wcbd, and tc palm, cnbc, national geographic, wbtv, wis, and the salisbury post, yahoo, mashable, esquire, the miami herald, wagt, greenville news, wxia, wspa, the times picayune, and the herald journal. The aspca assisted oakland animal services in their relief efforts following wildfires in california. The aspca's relocation team collaborated with alaska airline to relocate 11 displaced cats to seattle for adoption. The transport was reported by regional media outlets including king and kgo and positioned the aspca as an expert on disaster relief and preparedness. This year, the aspca had another successful national dog fighting awareness day (ndfad), an annual campaign designed to educate the public on the prevalence and brutality of dog fighting in the u.s. And encourage animal lovers nationwide to take action against it. The #gettough anti-dog fighting campaign and other elements of ndfad generated 110 media placements in outlets including today, people pets, ny daily news, msn, us weekly, huffington post, buzzfeed, esquire, yahoo, quad-city times, and kwqc-tv. The campaign also received enormous social media support, generating posts from top influencers including upworthy, barkbox, the dogist and dogs of instagram. The organization received support from many notable celebrities who got involved by sharing selfies and encouraging their millions of followers to join the #gettough movement against dog fighting. The aspca hosted multiple adoption campaigns covered by major media in 2017. During adopt a shelter dog month in October, the aspca launched find your fido, a new adoption campaign to help shelters find more homes for available dogs. Hundreds of animal shelters and rescue groups across the county participated in the digital campaign to raise awareness about adoption and animal homelessness. News of the find your fido campaign was reported by national and local media outlets including good morning america, nbc's on the money, watch what happens live with andy cohen, the dodo, wins-am, metro new york, ny1, am new york, and wnyw. In August, the aspca partnered with the pasadena humane society and the l.a. County department of animal care and control to create a life-saving "kitten-garten" nursery for kittens between four and eight weeks old. News of the nursery was reported by ktla, knbc, kcal, kabc, the san gabriel valley tribune, the pasadena star-news, pasadena now, the los angeles daily news and kttv.
In 2017, the aspca expanded and further developed innovative programs to help end animal cruelty and save the lives of animals across the country. In 2017, the field investigations and response team managed 30 deployments, 80 investigations, and 44 consultations that resulted in the filing of 668 criminal charges, 104 convictions and 47,214 animals rescued or assisted. Deploying across 21 states/territories in 2017, fir responded to multiple animal fighting cases, cruelty cases, wildfires, and the back-to-back hurricanes harvey, irma and maria while juggling multiple temporary shelter operations across the country.in response to the widespread devastation of hurricane maria, fir traveled to the u.s. Virgin islands, conducting an island-wide animal-needs assessment, distributing critical animal supplies, providing search and rescue services and subsequently setting up a temporary animal shelter on st. Croix. The temporary shelter housed nearly 600 animal victims displaced by the hurricane. The team worked to reunite these victims with their families, and also flew more than 300 unowned animals from the island to the continental u.s. For placement with the aspca's response partner network. These efforts required at least 162,164 hours by 1,316 unique responders in the field.in 2017, forensic sciences participated in 14 deployments, conducted 1,017 case consultations and exams, and 57 trainings, resulting in the training of more than 3,800 people. In May 2017, the international veterinary forensic sciences association (ivfsa) collaborated with the aspca to host its 10th annual veterinary forensic sciences conference in new york city. Attended by 335 individuals from 38 states, washington, d.c., puerto rico, five canadian provinces, and 13 countries, the three-day event brought together a variety of experts in veterinary medicine, law enforcement, criminal prosecution, forensic science, animal welfare, and human social services. The conference highlighted the partnership among the aspca, new york city police department (nypd), and nyc district attorney's offices to aggressively fight animal cruelty and care for animal cruelty victims.since the partnership began in 2014, the aspca humane law enforcement (hle) department has continued to work closely with the new york city police department (nypd). In 2017, more than 9,000 311-calls were received regarding possible animal cruelty and approximately 1,400 nypd calls were placed to the 24-hour hle hotline. Through the aspca-nypd partnership, 123 arrests were made, 34 summonses were issued, 302 complaints were responded to by the aspca and nypd, and 17 search warrants were issued. More than 900 animals were assisted and more than 100 cases were referred to the aspca's community engagement team by nypd personnel, resulting in more than 260 animals assisted in 2017.the hle department conducted dozens of trainings to over 3,400 nypd personnel and attended precinct community council meetings, community board meetings and district cabinet meetings throughout the five boroughs.the aspca community engagement team in new york city partners with the nypd, nyc acc, social service agencies, and the local community to improve the welfare of thousands of pets every year. These efforts focus on veterinary care, hoarding situations, outdoor dogs, and resources for domestic violence survivors. As a result of extensive outreach to social service agencies, the number of referrals from caseworkers nearly doubled. Thanks to the aspca's focused efforts in the south bronx, ce cases in that borough tripled, with many referrals coming from community members the team interacted with during meetings, events and outreach efforts. In 2017, the ce team in la celebrated three years of partnership with downey and baldwin park animal care centers. Ce worked closely with the los angeles county department of animal care and control (ladacc) to field service referrals from animal control officersincluding emergency medical care, spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, pet supplies, return-to-owner fee assistance, and humane euthanasia. In la, ce assisted more than 9,400 animals.in nyc, community engagement assisted more than 2,000 animals. In 2017, aspca ce in miami staff worked closely with miami-dade animal services (mdas) to develop pet retention programs to reduce animal intake via owner surrender both at the shelter and, with the assistance of the humane animal response team, throughout miami-dade county. In 2017, 641 pets in miami received pet retention services and supplies. Aspca forensic veterinarians worked with mdas to develop and implement advanced forensic protocols, as well as provided direct forensic casework assistance. Aspca staff collaborated with mdas to engage multiple levels of law enforcement leadership, including providing five trainings on best practices to identify and combat animal cruelty. In anticipation of launching an expanded program at a new north carolina facility, the aspca behavioral rehabilitation center (brc) wound down operations at its pilot project location at st. Hubert's animal welfare center in madison, new jersey. Brc team finalized design details to build and stock a new, state-of-the- art facility in weaverville, north carolina, which more than doubled the previous capacity to assist dogs in need. The brc achieved a high success rate of 87% for the more than 300 dogs accepted into the brc pilot program. The aspca's government relations (gr) department helped shepherd many legislative initiatives in 2017 that resulted in strong animal protection laws and increased funding for humane programs across the country. Highlights from the year include:- shelter funding & transparency: in new york state, $5 million was secured to create a first-in-the-nation capital fund to support critical improvements to nonprofit and municipal animal shelters. In new york city, an investment of $79.2 million was secured for the city's animal shelters in all five boroughs, including the construction of a new $60 million nyc acc facility in the bronx. The brooklyn shelter will get a $27.3 million upgrade, while the queens animal receiving center will relocate to a larger facility. Also in new york, a bill was passed allowing the state to gather information about the number, size, scope and capacity of nonprofit animal welfare organizations transporting and offering animals for adoption.- housing: in california, pet-friendly housing was expanded via legislation requiring state-funded housing to allow tenants to own pets.- puppy leasing: predatory lending practices for pet purchases were outlawed in california. This protects consumers from unscrupulous leasing or "rent-to-own" schemes offered by some pet sellers and reduces the potential that a puppy, kitten or other leased animal will be surrendered due to financial circumstances.- puppy mills: in georgia, legislation that would have undermined the authority of towns and counties to regulate the sale of pets in pet stores was defeated. At the national level, the aspca supported strong language in the final fy2018 agriculture appropriations bill directing the u.s. Department of agriculture (usda) to restore its searchable public database of animal welfare act violators.- animal fighting: the help extract animals from red tape (heart) team, a national network of local leaders working to build support for the heart act in congress, was launched in 2017. The heart act would enable dogs who are seized in federal dogfighting cases to move more rapidly into shelters or rescues where they can receive support, care and assessment for adoption.- horse protection: gr worked closely with congressional leaders to ensure language preventing horse slaughter plants from reopening on u.s. Soil was included in the fy2018 omnibus appropriations package. The gr team also fought to maintain critical protections for wild horses. In addition, the aspca's horse action team (hat), a dedicated group of citizen advocates focused on building support for the safeguard american food exports (safe) act, helped garner over 200 cosponsors for that bill in the u.s. House of representatives.