Animal Medical Center of New York

First patient in 1914 treated by resident veterinarian Bruce Blair

The Animal Medical Center of New York is a non profit animal hospital in New York City.


The center began in 1906 when Ellin Prince Speyer founded the "Women's Auxiliary to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals". The first major activity organized was the Work Horse Parade held on Memorial Day in 1907 in New York City.[1]

In 1909 the Women's Auxiliary decided to establish a dispensary and out-patient clinic for all animals whose owners could not afford to pay for medical treatment. The clinic opened in 1910 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Veterinarians volunteered their services on a part-time basis. The clinic treated 6,028 animals in the first full year.[1]

On May 12, 1910, the Women's Auxiliary separated from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and they incorporated themselves as the "New York Women's League for Animals".[1]

The "Hospital of the New York Women's League for Animals" was established in 1914 at 350 Lafayette Street in New York City with Bruce Blair as the resident veterinarian .[1][2] The hospital was renamed the Ellin Prince Speyer Free Hospital for Animals in 1921 after the death of the founder.

In 1959 the League voted to change the name to the "Animal Medical Center". In January 1960 construction began on a $4 million facility on 62nd Street on the East River. In 1962 it opened to the public.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "History". The Animal Medical Center of New York. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  2. ^ "Fine Hospital Open For Sick Animals. Women's League Which Built It Shows New Building After Speechmaking. Care For Bird And Beast And Painless Appliances For Putting The Hopeless To Death. $1,000 Bill A Gift". The New York Times. March 15, 1914. Retrieved 2010-07-23. The New York Women's League for Animals held the formal opening yesterday of its new Free Hospital and Dispensary for Animals, at 350 Lafayette Street. By 3:30 o'clock, the hour set for the opening, the main ward of the hospital, on the second floor, which is really a large corridor, with box and plain stalls along the sides for horses, was quite filled with guests, who cheerfully occupied camp chairs placed in the various stalls. ...