Stephanie Henkel, Global Animal

The ASPCA turns 147 today! Photo Credit: ASPCA
The ASPCA turns 147 today! Photo Credit: ASPCA

Party like an animal, because today is the ASPCA’s 147th birthday!

Founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh, the ASPCA was the very first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Their mission is and always has been “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Henry Bergh began his animal advocacy during the Civil War-era in New York. His charisma and charm united many for a worthy cause, and on April 10, 1866, the New York State Legislature passed the charter incorporating the compassionate organization. Nine days after the nonprofit’s inception, the first effective anti-cruelty law was passed paving the way for many more of its kind. In 1888, the year Bergh died, 37 of 38 states in the Union had adopted similar anti-cruelty legislation.

Everyday, the ASPCA continues to help animals nationwide while educating the public about compassion toward animals. Celebrate with the ASPCA by going orange for animals this April for Prevention of Animal Cruelty to Animals Month! New York City’s Empire State Building will be joining in on the festivities as well. On April 11, the iconic landmark will be glowing orange in honor of the charitable organization. Happy Birthday, ASPCA! Keep up the good work!

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