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Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Contrary to the dated, stereotypical, and retarded definition that is currently at the top of the list, the SPCA is a non-kill shelter that helps dogs, cats, and other companion animals find their forever home. The SPCA is a nationwide organization with thousands of shelters around the country, which is serviced by both paid employees and volunteers. The SPCA as a whole is referred to as the ASPCA (American SPCA).
I know this information because I work at the SPCA of Jefferson County, NY. I doubt the editors will delete the current definition so let my definition get more votes so it can reach the top! Publish my definition so people can learn the truth!
by softkitty408 August 27, 2012
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an organization that helps animals by immediately destroying them.
Pet owner: I lost my cat, the spca called me and told me that they had found him, unfortunately they immediately destroyed him.

Comment submitted with request to Delete: "I work for the SPCA--and animals are not immediately killed. If an animal is picked up without ID or microchip they are tested for contageous disease, such as feline leukemia or rabies. If diseased, they are euthanized. If not, they are quarantined and put up for adoption. If a person is foolish enough not to ID or microchip their pet and don't keep their vaccinations up, they can't blame us if we have to put them down to protect the other shelter animals."

Second comment submitted with request to Delete: "Gill, you obviously do not know anything about the SPCA and you are basing your entire opinion on one incident. (which perhaps never happened anyhow) Stereotypical statements such as yours usually arise from ignorance and this serves as one such example. Ninety percent of the definitions on this site based on organizations, cliques, or groups that deviate from the general consensus are stereotypes, but this is the only one I felt strong enough about to submit a request for deletion which probably won't matter anyhow."
by gill September 09, 2003
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