• On April 10, 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City. The ASPCA is dedicated to improving the lives of pets and other animals.
    ASPCA shelters offer food, health care, and protection to animals that have been abused or neglected. The ASPCA also helps pets that have been separated from their owners by natural disasters.
    The ASPCA supports pet owners in a number of different ways. A poison-control hotline lets pet owners know if their pet has eaten something it shouldn’t! Other services include links to veterinarians and trainers.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    abuse Verb

    to treat wrongly, or in a harmful way.

    cattle Noun

    cows and oxen.

    cruel Adjective

    having to do with causing pain and suffering in others.

    health care Noun

    system for addressing the physical health of a population.

    humane Adjective

    kind or gentle.

    natural disaster Noun

    an event occurring naturally that has large-scale effects on the environment and people, such as a volcano, earthquake, or hurricane.

    neglect Noun

    failure to pay attention.

    poison Noun

    substance that harms health.

    primary Adjective

    first or most important.

    protect Verb

    to take action to prevent injury or attack.

    slaughterhouse Noun

    building or series of buildings where animals are taken to be killed and butchered.

    veterinarian Noun

    person who studies the health of animals.

    welfare Noun

    health or well-being.

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