The History of Dog Adoption in the United States 

The History of Dog Adoption in the United States 

This checklist contains simply among the huge moments within the historical past of canine adoption and rescue and continues to be up to date. Have a canine adoption historic second so as to add? Just e-mail Dogster at dogstermag@belvoir.com the knowledge for consideration of inclusion.

Created by Arden Moore and constantly up to date by the Dogster group

1866: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) begins its mission.

1869: First U.S. animal shelter created by Caroline Earl White together with different feminine animal activists opened as The Women’s Branch of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals in Philadelphia. Today, it’s known as the Women’s Animal Center, renamed from the Women’s Humane Society.

1910: A bunch led by Jean Milne Gower creates the Denver Dumb Friends League, now one of many largest and oldest animal shelters west of the Mississippi River.

Working with a compassionate neighborhood, Dumb Friends League goals to finish pet homelessness and animal struggling.

1944: The North Shore Animal League and Dog Protective Association, Inc. rescuing homeless animals in Long Island and dedicating itself to the No-Kill philosophy is based. Now known as the North Shore Animal League, the nonprofit’s packages and initiatives have majorly impacted canine rescue, adoption and consciousness, significantly decreasing U.S. pet euthanasia numbers. More than 1.1 million canines, cats, puppies and kittens have been saved since its founding, and at the moment it locations 18,000 pets on common in loving houses annually.

1973: The ASPCA acknowledges the necessity to management pet inhabitants and begins its Low-Cost Spay/Neuter packages to spay and neuter adopted canines and cats.

1976: Rich Avanzino, Pharm. D., J.D., who many contemplate the “father” of the No-Kill motion, turns into the president of the San Francisco SPCA by 1999. During his tenure, the Society and the County of San Francisco work collectively to grow to be the primary county within the nation to supply an adoption assure for each wholesome and treatable shelter canine and cat, inspiring others to take action too. Rich later turns into President after which Strategic Advisor for the animal welfare group Maddie’s Fund. Dog Fancy journal — now Dogster journal — named Rich to our checklist of 45 People Who Have Changed the Dog World in our March 2015 situation.

1984: Best Friends Animal Society was shaped and, with it, the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for homeless and special-needs animals created in Southern Utah, advocating the significance of no-kill. Today, together with a nationwide community of shelters and rescue teams, working towards objective of No-Kill 2025.

1986: Independent non-profit San Francisco SPCA joins with Macy’s to create its annual Holiday Windows adoption program, beginning a practice that has lasted 34-years as of 2020 (which was the primary time the occasion was digital as a result of Coronavirus pandemic.

1991: North Shore Animal League America’s Humane Relocation Program begins with weekly transports from overcrowded municipal shelters and industrial breeding amenities throughout the nation to the security of its campus.

1993: The ASPCA is the primary nationwide animal-protection group to start out implanting microchips for identification in its shelter animals up for adoption.

1993: North Shore Animal League America’s SpayUSA referral service — the primary of its variety — premieres, connecting individuals nationwide to low price, high quality spay and neuter providers for his or her pets.

1994: Maddie’s Fund is created in Pleasanton, California, by Dave and Cheryl Duffield in reminiscence of their canine Maddie (1987-1997), and the muse has awarded about $250 million in grants for shelters and foster care teams. This California-based nonprofit invests assets towards “protecting pets and other people collectively, creating a security internet of look after animals in want and working inside a tradition of inclusiveness and humility.”

1995: The North Shore Animal League’s first Pet Adoptathon is performed, reaching all over the world yearly to save lots of tens of 1000’s of pets’ lives. Today it’s the Global Pet Adoptathon, reaching all over the world and saving tens of 1000’s.

1996: Betsy Banks Saul and Jared Saul created the web site Petfinder as a solution to match adoptable pets in animal shelters with individuals residing in and round New Jersey. In 2000, Petfinder grew to become nationwide and in 2013, it joined Nestle Purina. Petfinder ranks as the most important pet web site on the web with greater than 25 million pet adoptions.

 1998: SF SFPCA’s Maddie’s Pet Adoption Center opens, revolutionizing animal sheltering by housing adoptable canines and cats in home-like settings and never cages, which units a brand new normal of sheltering practices.

2001: North Shore Animal League America commences its The Tour For Life program, sending Animal League America’s Mobile Rescue Units on the street, utilizing the models and experience to assist shelters throughout the nation save extra animals.

2009: The Shelter Pet Project launches in September. Created by the Advertising Council, Maddie’s Fund and The Humane Society of the United States, it urged individuals in search of a brand new pet to make shelters and rescue teams their first selection for adoption. The marketing campaign performed out on billboards, bus shelters, web sites, TV and radio.

2013: ASPCA launches ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center pilot program to supply behavioral rehabilitation for severely fearful, un-adoptable canines in New Jersey. Today, the BRC program has expanded and is housed in a everlasting facility in North Carolina.

2014: John Hussey, a National Football League referee and animal advocate, creates Cuddly.com. This Santa Monica, California-based firm has performed greater than 7,000 campaigns which have raised greater than $20 million in donations to assist greater than 2,100 animal shelter and rescue teams.

2014: Russian stray and deserted canines get a world media highlight turned on them in the course of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as a result of protection of homeless canines in Sochi. This led to the creation of the Sochi Dogs and the Sochi Dogs Sanctuary, which promotes spay/neuter packages and getting Russian canines off the streets and into houses all over the world.

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2018: The ASPCA opens its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, N.C. This first-ever everlasting facility is devoted to “the rehabilitation and research of extraordinarily fearful, un-adoptable homeless canines, most of whom are victims of cruelty or neglect.” The facility cowl 13 acres, giving the BRC the capability to rehabilitate 65 canines at any given time.

2020: TIME magazine names rescue animals as its 2020 Pet of the Year. During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic the U.S. nationwide adoption fee spikes, with some animal shelters and rescues being emptied of adoptable pets.

2021: Los Angeles Animal Services formally turns into a No Kill shelter metropolis, changing into the most important metropolis within the U.S. to attain that ranking (should be over 90%).

Is an essential canine rescue date lacking from this checklist? Please ship any additions to dogstermag@belvoir.com.  


Arden Moore, The Pet Health and Safety Coach™, is a pet habits guide, grasp licensed pet first help teacher, creator and host of the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio. Learn extra at ardenmoore.com