Team ASPCA: Become an Athlete for Animals

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is known for its fundraising, educational, and outreach efforts for a variety of animals, including dogs and cats.

With distance running and community races becoming so widespread and popular in the past decade, this animal advocacy organization decided that creating a venue where people could run and raise funds for animals was a fantastic idea.

How does it work?

Whether you’re a marathon runner, biker or triathlete, Team ASPCA partners with a variety of events all over the country and, by joining, you’ll be able to fundraise for the ASPCA by setting and reaching your athletic goals. You can also become an Athletic Ambassador and participate in the race of your choice. You’ll get your very own fundraising page and fundraising tips to make sure you meet your goals. You’re also able to customize your fundraising page so that you can tell people why you’ve decided to join Team ASPCA. Perhaps a beloved pet has passed away and you want to run in their honor? Maybe you just want to raise awareness and get people involved. Whatever your motivations, you can tell potential donors all about it.

Where does the money go?

The money you fundraise will support the ASPCA and will provide a variety of life-saving support for animals in need. The ASPCA also endeavors to rehabilitate and rehome animals that have been the victims of abuse, so your money will also help ensure that these mistreated animals find safe and loving homes.

Who can join?

Literally anyone. For obvious reasons, you should probably be in, or plan on getting in, reasonable shape—but whether you opt to run a 5k, or want to go the distance in a marathon, you’re still welcome to and capable of raising money for animals in need.

Upcoming Events:

Not quite ready for a marathon? Try the United Airlines Half-Marathon in NYC on March 20, 2016. Are you an avid biker? Support Team ASPCA at the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York on May 1, 2016.

Thinking about joining? Calling 888-661-ASPCA or email

Meet the Author: Hope Gately

Hope Gately is a haphazard outdoors enthusiast. She summits Colorado 14ners, hikes the backcountry, canyoneers, and climbs with the best of 'em. The best part about her travels is that her loyal Blue Pit Bull, Indy, is by her side at every step!

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