Thursday, June 13, 2019

The remarkable legacy of an animal-welfare pioneer

This month marks the 196th anniversary of the birth of a remarkable American who is little-known today : George Thorndike Angell.

Born in my hometown (Southbridge, Mass.) in June 1823, Angell founded the second-oldest animal welfare organization in America: the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He did so in 1868, only two years after the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was created in New York in 1966.

Today, the society that this visionary launched more than 150 years ago provides a range of services and includes hospitals staffed by over 100 veterinarians, 46 of whom are board-certified specialists. A noble legacy.

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