ASPCA Celebrates 142 Years

April will mark the 142 anniversary of the ASPCA, but the month is also known as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.

Landmarks across the country, like the Empire State Building, will light up in orange in support of ASPCA Day on April 10.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals celebrates its 142nd anniversary in April, also known as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.

To commemorate the event, the organization will host the third annual ASPCA Day on April 10 with a combination of civic and community events.

“While we fight animal cruelty day in and day out, April, and specifically ASPCA Day on April 10, is a great time for us to take stock of our progress, and celebrate our bond with animals as a nation,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and chief executive officer.

Landmarks in cities across the country will light up in orange, ASPCA’s signature color, to show support. Several national icons have already confirmed their participation, including the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, the Los Angeles Coliseum and the Sears Tower in Chicago.

The ASPCA Day Festival will take place in New York City’s Union Square that evening, with live music by the X Brothers featuring Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult.

This year also marks the second annual Community Leader of 2008 announcement, a contest where animal enthusiasts show how they “Go Orange for Animals.” The most creative entry will receive a trip to New York City, a guided tour of the newly-renovated ASPCA shelter, an opportunity to meet Sayres as well as its Humane Law Enforcement Officers, who are featured on the show “Animal Precinct.”

For details, visit www.aspca.org/aspcaday.

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