Love Cats? The ASPCA Doesn’t. National Dog Fighting Awareness Day April 8 Is Just Another Reminder

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day is April 8, the Saturday before Easter this year. The ASPCA, which created the holiday in 2014 and made $57,015,814 (net) in 2020, will post photos and videos of the 875+ pitbulls taken from dogfighters last year and urge people to donate. Although every shelter in this country is full, leaving thousands of people rehoming pets because of inflation, COVID-related evictions and other excuses to use Craigslist, Facebook and Next Door to get rid of them, the ASPCA will not warn its 1.8 million Facebook followers, 498,000 Twitter followers or 471,000 Instagram followers that dogfighters are killing cats and kittens. It stopped warning people after Matthew Bershadker replaced Ed Sayres as CEO in May 2013.

If you’re against CEOs of corporations making millions while their employees struggle to make ends meet, please stop funding CEOs who are making hundreds of thousands of dollars per year while animals suffer.

Your $19/month has made the ASPCA rich

As you can see from the above March 30, 2023, screenshot, the money you donate to the ASPCA is not helping animals. HumaneWatch has been trying to tell people this for years, and CBS News tried warning people in 2021. Stop donating. If you want to help animals, donate to your local spay/neuter clinic; start a spay/neuter drive in your community (ask local business owners to donate a percentage of profits); search Google for pet pantry near me and donate food and litter; and share the following Reddit posts, including the many articles posted as comments beneath them, with your mom, grandmother, coworkers and other well-meaning people who need a wake-up call. If you have time, post them in response to comments beneath sponsored ads on Facebook. The cats and kittens that are about to be killed this kitten season need your help since so-called animal advocates succumbed to greed, essentially aiding and abetting what was already “a multi-billion dollar a year industry” in 2007.

This cat was posted in Cleveland’s Craigslist pet section, where I caught dogfighter Angelo McCoy communicating with people breeding kittens and collecting cats for his dogs to tear apart. She and other cats don’t deserve to die while the ASPCA, HSUS and Best Friends continue to make millions of dollars in donations.

Police/feds seized 875+ pitbulls from dogfighters in 2022. The American Society for the PREVENTION of Cruelty to Animals has a duty to warn its millions of followers that dogfighting has increased across the country. Instead, it’s playing hear-no-evil-see-no-evil while cats and kittens are killed.

Open letter to ASPCA CEO Matthew Bershadker: This is what a Society for the PREVENTION of Cruelty to Animals does. Police/feds took 859+ pitbulls from dogfighters in 2022. They took 150 from dogfighters in Detroit, Delaware and Maryland in January. Shelters are full. Why aren’t you warning people?

What should the ASPCA do to warn people about dogfighters?

For starters, the ASPCA should post/tweet mugshots and other photos of dogfighters.

Thirty percent of dogfighters are women, as a North Carolina newspaper reported in 2018. When you get rid of cats, kittens, rabbits, dogs & other animals, you are likely handing them to pitbulls, regardless of whether you live in the U.S., the UK or South Africa. – International Women’s Day reminder
Female dogfighters don’t look like Michael Vick: A National Women’s Month and kitten season reminder to cat rescues, shelters and people getting rid of cats, kittens, rabbits, dogs, guinea pigs and other pets via Craigslist, Facebook and Next Door. Screencap 6 shows what they do to their own pitbulls.

Second, the ASPCA should show people what a dogfighter’s yard looks like and encourage people to report them to the FBI.

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, a holiday the ASPCA created in 2014, is Saturday, April 8. Instead of showing people what dogfighters look like, what their yard looks like, what they’re doing to cats, kittens, dogs & other animals and how to report them, the ASPCA will show photos of pitbulls.

Third, the ASPCA should warn people that dogfighters kill cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, pigs, goats and any animal that people want to hand them.

National Dogfighting Awareness Day is April 8, the day before Easter. The ASPCA, which made $57,015,814 (net) in 2020, will post videos of pitbulls taken from dogfighters to get people to donate. It will not warn them that dogfighters kill cats and kittens. It stopped after Bershadker became CEO.
Easter bunnies and chicks become bait animals thanks to Tractor Supply, Craigslist and parents who teach kids it’s okay to get rid of pets when they’re done with them. In 2022, police/feds seized 859+ pitbulls from dogfighters who think dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits & other animals are disposable.

The ASPCA could’ve prevented thousands of cats, kittens, rabbits, dogs and other animals from being killed but chose not to.

“The problem was, legislation doesn’t raise money,” Bob Baker, who worked in the ASPCA’s animal cruelty unit, told The New York Times in 2013. “But you could show one picture of a mistreated dog and the funds would pour in.”

Instead of pressuring senators and representatives to ban tethering, to ban hogdogging, which dogfighters use as a cover, or at least put up billboards, the ASPCA got them to sponsor bills that would put dogfighters’ dogs in homes faster.

“I don’t want to come off as a bitter employee,” Baker said. “But it got to the point where animal welfare was not the priority, fund-raising was. It felt as though the animals were being used for fund-raising, rather than using funds raised to help the animals.”

Nothing says Christmas like corporate greed. The Humane Society of the United States continues to milk the September South Carolina dogfighting raid for every penny those pitbulls are worth. Remember: Animal advocacy is a business. In 2020, HSUS paid its CEO, marketing team & other execs $2,671,051.


  1. I had no idea about the ASPCA’s questionable practices and lack of transparency. It’s unfortunate that such an influential organization isn’t doing more to help all animals, especially those in need of rehoming. I appreciate you shedding light on this issue and providing resources for readers to learn more. Thank you for advocating for animal welfare.

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    1. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Please help warn other people. The ASPCA has been posting a LOT of ads on Twitter and TV lately, so I’m sure they’re posting even more on Facebook.


  2. petfaq says:

    Thank you for raising awareness about National Dog Fighting Awareness Day and shedding light on the ASPCA’s actions. It’s disheartening to hear that despite the urgent need to address animal welfare issues, some organizations might not be fully transparent or proactive in protecting all animals. Your suggestion to research and share alternative resources to support animal causes is commendable. It’s important for us to be well-informed and make conscious decisions about where we direct our donations. Your post serves as a reminder to critically evaluate the impact of our contributions. Thank you for sharing this perspective.

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    1. Thank you for reading and taking a moment to comment. *Please* share what you’ve learned with others. The ASPCA, HSUS and Best Friends have ALL turned their back on cats, kittens, rabbits and other animals being killed by dogfighters, so although I highlighted ASPCA in this post because of its “National Dog Fighting Awareness Day” holiday, they’re all equally guilty. Best Friends’ CEO Julie Castle couldn’t care less that psychopaths have used Craigslist to obtain cats to torture for years AND, while millions of people were laid off during COVID quarantines, she gave herself a $129,000 raise: Please be sure to share that as well.


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