150 Years Ago, Women Founded The First Animal Shelter In The United States

There are many influential women in history who clung to their beliefs and made the world a better place. There are thousands of women like Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Clara Barton, etc. But have you heard of Caroline Earle White?

Caroline Earle White and Her Explore

Caroline Earl White established the first animal shelter in the United States in 1869 with 30 female animal activists. White and a small group of women began studying the abuse of carriages in Philadelphia in the 1800s. Horses are not regarded as pets, but as vehicles. The women could no longer stand and see the gentle animals being abused.

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Caroline Earle White Said Animals Have Certain Rights

“Animals have certain rights, as inalienable as those of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said White.

Through fundraising and hard work, these women were able to build 35 drinking fountains for horses and small animals in Philadelphia. In addition, they created a horse drinking station trolley to provide free water to working horses. Today, many fountains are still in use.

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Best Weapon Against Animal Abuse

Within a year of first speaking up for carriage horses, the women founded the first U.S. animal shelter. The Women’s Branch of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in Philadelphia and took in stray dogs and cats. In addition to helping the stray animals find their owners or new homes, the women believed that educating people was the “best weapon against animal abuse”.

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