During common hour on Wednesday, March 31, 2008, Honors students learned about the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Alison Zaccone,
The presentation began with some interesting facts. For instance, 63% of Americans own a pet, and there are 70 million stray cats in
Alison also spoke to the group about the ASPCA’s role in law enforcement. She told the group about Dr. Melissa Merck, a forensic veterinarian, who helps to solve crimes involving animals. With her newly-donated mobile crime unit, Dr. Merck acts as a one-woman Animal CSI Unit. Dr. Merck was one of the people involved in helping to indict Michael Vick in the recent dog-fighting scandal.
On a lighter note, Alison described how the ASPCA works hard to find abused and neglected animals new homes. She spoke about the ASPCA’s “Cadillac of animal shelters” in the upper east side in
Alison concluded the presentation by telling the group a bit about working for a not-for-profit. She explained that while in school, she had been taught the misconception that there was no money to be made in not-for-profits, but that this was not true. She also told us that prior to working for the ASPCA, she had worked for a small public relations firm in
Honors students left the event with a new understanding of the ASPCA, some wearing orange ASPCA bracelets. More information about the ASPCA and the animal adoption process can be found on www.ASPCA.org.