The ASPCA, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is an organization based on the idea that animals deserve respectful and kind treatment from humans. In 2016 alone, the ASPCA rescued and/or assisted 10,578 animals and performed 85,151 neuter or spray surgeries. That year, 4,290 animals were adopted from the ASPCA Adoption Center and were found a better home. More than 96,000 advocates for the ASPCA took action.
One example of animal cruelty is puppy mills. Puppy mills are large-scale dog breeding facilities where profit is prioritized over the health of the dogs. There are around 10,000 puppy mills in the United States of America, and puppies can be marketed from the mill when they are as young as 8 weeks old. Puppies are crammed in wire cages in a dirty, unhealthy environment. Females that cannot reproduce are killed, and the puppies have a much higher chance of coming down with diseases.
You can get involved in preventing cruel treatement of animals. You can donate to the ASPCA, adopt a pet, raise awareness about animal cruelty, and advocate for animal respect.