“I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animal are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…they are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty,” said English veterinarian James Herriot (“Animal Welfare Quotes”). Shelters fill with puppies and kittens shortly after Christmas, when that cuddly gift from the local pet store grows into a rambunctious youngster requiring much care. Relying on impulse buying, pet stores put high price tags on cute puppies that primarily come from puppy mills where animals are treated like livestock. Caring people who make little to no money spend their days at animal shelters around the country, caring for these scared, helpless creatures. Nearly 143 years ago, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals first opened its doors. In the 21st century, the ASPCA represents the will for Americans to help those that cannot help themselves through its selfless attempts to improve the lives of animals.