Does the ASPCA Really Care?

When I started this website, I was living in a small world, the world of basset hounds. We love the breed because the nature of bassets fit so well with our semisedentary lifestyle. Like us, bassets were perfectly willing to be couch potatoes and participate with the few basset hound events (RAMBLE, club meetings, etc.) that we were willing to take them to. Slowly, our world expanded. We found a stray, and she fit in with our lifestyle and she became part us. When our first basset died, we became involved with basset rescue. A new world opened up. We learned that not all bassets were taken from puppyhood to loving homes. Some were given up for some reason and another and others even wound up in shelters. I learned about that not all dogs are loved and many are abused.

When Patrick, a young pit bull from NJ, after being starved to death was thrown down into the garbage pit minutes away from death, made news, my innocence was taken away from me and my website morphed from just concentrating on the plight of basset hounds to the plight of abused dogs.

Today, this website is once again shedding some more of its innocence. Years ago, I believed that the ASPCA was the protector of all animals. But alas, that belief was shattered when I found out that the ASPCA saved a poor cat from being euthanized at the high-kill shelter in NYC known as the Animal Care and Control of NYC (ACC). His name was Benny. Benny was lucky. The ASPCA grabbed him from the abomination that cares to call themselves a shelter committed to caring. Don’t kid yourself, they are not committed to caring (more about that later). Here’s Benny’s kill list (obtained from In Dog We Trust blog, which is a real worthwhile read):

A few days later, after a few test were given to Benny, tests that the incompetents at the ACC failed to give, the ASPCA sent Benny back. Benny was tested Feline Aids Positive. The ASPCA, rather than dealing with the condition (which can be dealt with very successfully) chose to return the animal to be euthanized. Yes, that’s the great ASPCA. If you want to know where your donations go to, they don’t go to saving animals. They go to generous salaries for their CEOS, as well as to tear-producing commercials for TV, commercials that bring in revenue for salaries for CEOS.

Don’t fall for the videos, let’s face reality. Here’s what happened to Benny a few days later:

NYACC, as I said earlier is a high-kill shelter, but that’s not all. It’s a horrible place. Animals are killed by the dozen. Animals can smell death all around them. But that’s not all. The animals at the ACC are abused. In fact, I don’t understand why the ASPCA keeps a blind eye to the abuse happening not far from their headquarters in NYC. At the ACC, animals are killed for no other reason than a treatable cold; some are left with their fecal matter around them (as no one cleans their cages); many are not walked for days; many are left without food and water. Why isn’t the ASPCA outraged about this? Why isn’t PETA reporting ACC? Why? Because these so-called caring societies became money-grabbing corporations. Before you write another check for any of these organizations, stop and think about sending donations to the small rescue groups that work hard by pulling as many animals from the hell hole they are in. Rescue organizations like Empty Cages Collective. They step up and saved Benny. Rescue organizations like Angels on Paws Animal Rescue that saved Raven, the paraplegic 1-year-old puppy.

3 Responses to “Does the ASPCA Really Care?”

  • Daniela:

    I used to support the ASPCA too but now I just throw away their mail when they come to the house and support my local rescues/shelters. I can see the good job they are doing with the animals and I want to help them help more animals.

    A small note – Feline Aids is not FELV. Feline Aids (which isn’t that accurate as not all cats will develop FAIDS) is called FIV.. I have an FIV+ cat and can say that taking care of him is no different then taking care of my other cats – I just have to be a little more vigilant if he gets sick.

    FELV is Feline Leukemia (although it is caused by a virus). I don’t have any personal experience with FELV+ cats but I understand with the proper treatment and care they can live long happy lives also.


  • Edith S Baker:

    Thank you for clarifying. I don’t know much about cats other than how to love and adore them. The kitties that lived with us none of them had any health problems other than old age, kidney problems, or cancer.

  • Yay for rescuing dogs! I did my own sort of veosirn of this on Christmas day when I nearly ran over a dog and ended up putting it in my car…. Turns out her owner abandoned her so bada bing bada boom– I’m a dog rescuer!

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