When did we start using animal shelters?



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    The first official organization devoted to animal rescue and safety is the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), founded by Henry Bergh in 1866. 

    During that time, New York City was infested with many stray dogs, which was dangerous to both the humans inhabiting the city and the dogs themselves. Because of this problem, there were people at the time called “city dog catchers” who would drown stray dogs in the East River for money. 

    The ASPCA were placed in charge of NYC’s animal control duties in 1894, and these inhumane practices were ended. The ASPCA then started to create and maintain safe shelters for strays and injured animals in NYC, and soon all over the nation.

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