ASPCA announces the development of two new animal shelters for victims of cruelty and neglect
“The behavioral and psychological effects of cruelty and neglect on dogs and cats are both devastating and complex, and the ASPCA is responding to this multifaceted challenge by expanding our programs to remove behavioral barriers to adoption.” said Matt Bershadker, President & CEO of ASPCA. “Rescuing animal victims from dire conditions is only the first step. We also strive to give them the greatest possible chance of recovery. These specialized programs will help us learn how to more effectively prepare these endangered animals for a loving home. and we look forward to sharing our findings with the animal welfare community. “
Building on the strong foundation created by the success of the existing rehabilitation centers in North Carolina and New York City, ASPCA’s new facilities will increase the organization’s capacity to care for victims of animal cruelty, conduct research, and develop diagnostic and treatment protocols to advance animal welfare. The organization will share new knowledge through publications, technical and academic conferences and theirs Learning laboratory, an interactive educational program that focuses on integrating science-based behavioral care into all aspects of the shelter.
in the Pawling, NY, ASPCA will build the ASPCA Recovery & Rehabilitation Center, an approximately 50,000 square foot facility that will provide advanced behavioral and medical interventions to effectively protect, rehabilitate, and resume canine victims of cruelty and neglect. The Recovery & Rehabilitation Center, due to open in 2023, will be in conjunction with the existing Gloria Gurney Canine Annex for relaxation and enrichment and the Animal Recovery Center in New York Citytaking care of rescued animals through the partnership between the ASPCA and the New York City Police station. Many of the cats and dogs rescued through the partnership show behavioral and medical problems due to the abuse and neglect they have endured, which can make it difficult for them to be accepted into a home. The recovery and rehabilitation center, which will focus on treating dogs with severe stress, overexcitation and reactivity, will allow the ASPCA to use its current capacity to care for the animals rescued by the NYPD partnership, as well as victims of cruelty and neglect from more than double across the country.
In addition, in Columbus, Ohio, ASPCA will open a permanent Cruelty Recovery Center later this year – a more than 100,000 square foot space dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of animals rescued from large-scale atrocities across the country. The Cruelty Recovery Center will support the ASPCA’s national field operations that have resulted in the rescue of more than 35,000 animal victims from atrocities and disasters in 38 states over the past 12 years. When deployed to assist local authorities in cases of animal cruelty or neglect, the ASPCA often provides assistance with operational planning, on-site expertise, evidence gathering, veterinary forensic investigations, forensic behavioral assessments, medical care, housing and enrichment as well as behavioral treatment for the animals as well as legal and investigative support in criminal proceedings to ensure the best outcome for the cases and the rescued animals. Facilities such as the Cruelty Recovery Center and, in some cases, temporary field shelter are needed to provide the animals with the expertise, time and space to recover and heal while pending criminal proceedings. The Cruelty Recovery Center also ensures that regional stationary shelters that may not have the capacity to accommodate a large population of animals can focus on their life-saving work for other animals in their communities while the ASPCA provides ongoing housing and medical care provides and conduct care for victims of cruelty and neglect until the disposition is determined by the court.
In 2018 the ASPCA announced the opening of its permanent Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, a unique facility in Weaverville, NC, which is dedicated to the examination and rehabilitation of homeless dogs suffering from severe anxiety and undersocialization due to cruelty and neglect.
The ASPCA Learning Lab was launched in 2018 as a robust personal workshop program for shelter professionals at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center and has since evolved into an eLearning program to reach even more shelter professionals. The Learning Lab has reached more than 10,000 participants from over 600 animal welfare organizations through in-person workshops, live panel discussions, and online courses focusing on animal behavioral health.
As part of ASPCA’s commitment to developing and expanding behavioral care for homeless animals, the organization will conduct studies in the new facilities to find out how to effectively and efficiently resolve behavioral problems in dogs that cause suffering and prevent adoption. In addition, in New York City, ASPCA will conduct new research aimed at helping behavioral cats become successful adoption candidates. This groundbreaking work will not only benefit animal victims of physical violence, emotional trauma, and severe neglect, but also help other animal welfare organizations rehabilitate countless shelter animals that face the same barriers to adoption.
For more information on ASPCA’s work to help endangered and victims of animals across the country, please visit www.aspca.org.
About the ASPCA®
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), founded in 1866, was the first animal welfare organization to operate in North America and today serves as the country’s leading voice for vulnerable and sacrificial animals. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit with more than two million supporters across the country, ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, horses, and farm animals in the United States. ASPCA helps animals in need through on-site disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and advancing the shelter and veterinary community through research, training, and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.org, and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.