Atlanta Humane Society

This week, I am covering the fascinating history of the Atlanta Humane Society, from the formation of the Atlanta Branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1871, to its reorganization as the Atlanta Humane Society in 1890.

The early AHS fought for the better treatment of hack and dray horses and mules, banishment of rooster and dog fighting, care for chickens being sold in markets, ending the practice of gifting chicks for Easter, humane euthanization methods for dogs, and ended the sale of chameleons, which were a fashionable hair accessory in the 1920s.


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