Walk to help fight animal cruelty

Team ASPCA is a national endurance training and fundraising program dedicated to helping animal lovers walk, run or cycle toward helping the ASPCA provide life-saving programs and services to millions of animals nationwide.

What it is

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the oldest and first humane organization in North America to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals. The ASPCA mission is fulfilled through nonviolent approaches. With headquarters in New York City, the ASPCA has programs that extend anti-cruelty missions across the country.

Why it was founded

Formed by Henry Bergh in 1866, the ASPCA was 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. The ASPCA mission is the same as it was 146 years ago -- to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the U.S.

How it’s making a difference

Currently, the ASPCA is helping in the fight to ban puppy mills, combat animal hoarding, put an end to dog fighting and stop cruelty to horses and other farm animals. In addition, the ASPCA has been working to ensure protection for the animals used in circus events since the late 19th century. Today, as back then, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents are on hand to investigate if a complaint is made about the conditions in which the animals are kept or if abuse is suspected. In addition, they seek awareness of and cessation of exotic pet sales and the crime of cockfighting. ASPCA is known for their activism in these three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty.

Sign up for a walk/run/cycle event to learn more about Team ASPCA.

Upcoming ASPCA Walks

New York

  • New York City, July 8
  • New York City, October 13
  • New York City, November 4


  • Chicago, July 22


  • Los Angeles, October 28

More charity walks

San Diego LGBT Pride
Race for the Arts
Salem Art Association



Comments on "Walk to help fight animal cruelty"

Ava October 19, 2013 | 7:49 PM

Could you organize a walk in Virginia?

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