Mission/History

Mission of SPCA of Westchester 

The SPCA of Westchester is a no-kill, not-for-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless, abused and abandoned animals and to protecting animals from cruelty and neglect through education and enforcement of humane laws.

Our History

The SPCA of Westchester was founded in 1883 by Ossining resident Mary Dusenberry after she observed horses being mercilessly whipped and beaten as they trudged up nearby hills to deliver heavy loads of coal. Together with caring friends, she obtained land on which to build the Society's first home and established a fund to be used to prevent cruelty to animals. The SPCA is still located on the same spot, making it one of the oldest landholders in Briarcliff Manor. Today, the SPCA of Westchester is the only humane society in Westchester County empowered to enforce the laws of New York State relating to animal cruelty. Despite this, the SPCA gets no federal, state, or county funds. We rely solely on the financial support of people, corporations and foundations who care about the welfare of animals. 

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