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Definition of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

 
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(abbreviation the ASPCA)
 
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a US charity that works to protect animals and to prevent them being treated cruelly. It also runs centres where people can adopt animals that have no owner, and provides veterinary services and advice on pet care. The charity began in 1866 and is the oldest organization of this type in America. Its main offices are in New York.