“The Louisiana SPCA is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering.”
What in the world does that mean??
Let’s start with the “SPCA” part. SPCA stands for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Mouthful right? I bet while reading that definition you pictured those super sad Sarah McLachlan commercials for the ASPCA. I’d also go so far as to say that you think the ASPCA is the head honcho over all SPCA’s. Not so much.
With that in mind, let’s talk about the “private” part of that statement. While this can be a reference to certain parts of the body, in this case it actually means that we operate independently from any other animal shelter or rescue. We do not operate under or preside over any other organization.
Finally, we’ll decode what it means to be a “501(c)(3) nonprofit organization”. According to the Foundation Group, “being “501(c)(3)” means that a particular nonprofit organization has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. “Charitable” is broadly defined as being established for purposes that are religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering of national or international amateur sports, or prevention of cruelty to animals and children.” Basically, we can’t operate without donations and support from our community.
The rest of that statement should be pretty self-explanatory. We love animals and we want them to live happy and healthy lives. If you feel the same then get involved with your own local animal shelter!