Women’s Animal Center

Celebrating 150 years as America’s first animal shelter

Did you know that Bucks County is home to America’s First Animal Shelter?

Originally founded in Philadelphia and formerly known as Women’s Humane Society, Women’s Animal Center (WAC) relocated to Bensalem in 1994 when the opportunity to serve area families presented itself.

Two thousand-nineteen not only marks the organization’s 25th year in Bucks County, but the 150th Anniversary of their founding as America’s First Animal Shelter and, accordingly, the very origins of animal sheltering and adoptions in the United States.  

It all started on April 14th, 1869, when a group of30 women led by reformer Caroline Earle White, outraged by the cruel manner in which Philadelphia’s strays were captured and killed, joined forces to pioneer humane standards in animal care.

Although it would be more than 50 years before women were granted the right to vote, those who established WAC effectively changed American culture, altering the fate of billions of animals near and far in the generations that have ensued.

WAC will be celebrating their 150th year with a series of special projects and dedications.

They are inviting animal advocates across America to show support for their own local shelters on April 14th, which has been designated as ‘Animal Shelter National Day of Service.’

On April 30th, fans are invited to Citizens Bank Park to take part in WAC’s phun-raising night with the Phillies.

On June 1st, WAC will host a 150th Anniversary Party at their Bensalem facility, providing guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the expansive animal shelter and veterinary hospital.

The event will feature food, cocktails, live music and a silent auction.

For Women’s Animal Center, this is ultimately a year to celebrate over 3,500 animal shelters now in operation across the country.

It is a year to celebrate the millions of lives that will be saved in 2019 alone – and the billions that have been saved near and far since that day in 1869 when their founders forged the path for what is today the most compassionate and generous society of animal lovers on the planet.

In addition to their animal shelter and adoptions program, WAC is among just 12% of accredited veterinary hospitals in the nation,and provides humane education programs, dog training classes, and other vital community services as part of its lifesaving mission.

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