ASPCApro.org provides tools and resources for animal welfare professionals and volunteers at public and private agencies and rescue groups, as well as veterinarians, law enforcement and emergency responders.
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Today we work to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. Hands-on animal care and advocacy programs include:
- The ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) provides training externships to veterinary students and veterinary technicians, hosting the only veterinary internship program that includes rotations through shelter medicine, humane law enforcement and animal behavior.
- The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center is the first-ever facility dedicated to providing behavioral rehabilitation to canine victims of cruelty.
- The ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City is a state-of-the-art shelter with highly qualified veterinarians and behavior counselors on staff. Read the Adoption Center’s latest annual animal statistics report here.
What We Do
As the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals, we are wholly dedicated to fulfilling the ASPCA mission through nonviolent approaches. Our organization 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. For more on our work in each of these areas, please visit our programs and services page.
Incorporated in 1866 by a special act of the New York State legislature, the ASPCA has a history rich in challenges and victories – from providing care and protection for the city's working horses and transforming dog pounds into professionally run adoptions facilities to founding an animal hospital that is still running today. Read more about our history.
We take a progressive approach to helping the country's at-risk animals, working cooperatively with a wide range of professional audiences. The following ASPCA initiatives and services assist animals and animal welfare professionals:
- The ASPCA Community Outreach department works to provide positive outcomes for animals at risk through initiatives such as ASPCA Partnerships, ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, Animal Relocation and Shelter Research and Development. The department also administers shelter and equine grants.
- Veterinary Outreach provides support, training, onsite evaluations and consultations to veterinary and animal welfare professionals, focusing on population management, shelter medicine, infectious disease and spay/neuter programs.
- Through the ASPCA Strategic Cause Partnerships, grants to help promote adoptions have been awarded to agencies in all 50 states. Strategic Cause Partnerships also help raise awareness of animal welfare programs to their consumers. Learn more about our programs with Subaru and Lil BUB.
The ASPCA encourages candidates who demonstrate outstanding interpersonal communication and the ability to work in a team environment or independently, with a high degree of integrity and accountability. See our available positions, including those appropriate for candidates with sheltering and direct-care skill sets.
If you are a professional working with animals, you'll find contact information here and below to reach the ASPCApro team.
- Have questions on your grant application? Contact the Grants team via this form.
- Looking for content on a specific topic? Try our search box.
- Click to find out about our upcoming webinars and recorded webinars.
- Member of the media? Contact ASPCA Media and Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (212) 876-7700, ext. 4655.
If you're an individual interested in donating to the ASPCA, reporting animal abuse or adopting a pet, you'll find contact information at ASPCA.org