The Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) was established in the 1940s, though accounts exist from the Ottoman Period about organized activity on behalf of animal welfare. The JSPCA was legally registered as a non-profit organization in the 1980s, and remains so to this day.
The mission of the JSPCA, which operates in Jerusalem and its environs, is to assist animals in general and domestic animals in particular. To this end, the JSPCA is engaged in the following projects:
- Operation of a shelter that houses approximately 350 animals at any given time
- Operation of a clinic for treating abandoned and injured animals, as well as pets owned by members of the general public, at reduced rates
- Spaying and neutering surgeries at three clinics for subsidized rates
- Public-relations stalls, run on a seasonal basis, where volunteers tell the public about the JSPCA’s work and offer tips on the proper treatment of animals
- Providing assistance in rescuing abandoned or injured animals
- Community involvement: The JSPCA encourages volunteering by members of special-needs populations who can benefit from working with animals
The JSPCA has all required permits, and donations to it are tax-deductible under Section 46 of the Income Tax Ordinance.
The JSPCA’s executive board is responsible for determining its direction and setting its policy. Its members, who share a strong love for animals, are elected each year at the JSPCA’s general assembly. The board members are:
Varda Linnet, chairperson
Rabbi Adam Frank, co-chair
Eve Beili, shelter manager
Trudy Greener, secretary of the executive board
Tamar Feuerstein, treasurer
Adi Lahav, CEO
All of the JSPCA’s financial reports may be viewed on the Guidestar website (in Hebrew).