In Defense of Animals

Rating: 4.37 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 3010 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael CA 94901 USA

Mission: Founded in 1983 by veterinarian Dr. Elliot M. Katz, IDA is a national, nonprofit organization with a distinguished record for its dedication to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals by defending their rights, welfare and habitat. IDA has fought tirelessly to elevate the status of animals beyond that of mere property and to educate the public that animals are individuals with needs and interests of their own, not mere commodities to be bought, sold, and discarded at an “owner’s” whim. IDA operates the Project Hope sanctuary in rural Mississippi as well as the Chimpanzee Rescue Sanctuary of Cameroon in Africa.  Committed to educating the public, working with grassroots groups and initiating litigation, research and investigations, IDA is on the cutting edge of animal protection.  Now, more than ever, IDA is a force for desperately needed change.
Programs: IDA's programs include campaigns to stop animal testing in both medical and product testing; a campaign to end the use of fur in fashion; a campaign to stop the use of animals in circuses; and miscellaneous programs focusing on the use of animals for food, clothing and entertainment. We sponsor national Fur Free Friday activities, the Primate Freedom Tour, and World Week for Animals in Labs Day.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

IDA is a leader when it comes to helping the voiceless, whether it be for bobcats, wolves, bears, or fur trade or any animals without a voice. I am proud to be a part of the volunteer effort for IDA! The name goes together with the goal....they defend the voiceless from harm and in many different ways! The provide literature and media support and even write speeches to be given at CA Legislature! I am so thrilled that they help in rescue in times of crisis. They do outreach education and reach thousands of animal protectors!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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3 people found this review helpful

Anyone considering donating to IDA should definitely read the article that ran Aug, 2012 in the "Animal People" publication. It is very enlightening about what is really going on the inside of IDA that very few really know. I am definitely going to donate elsewhere to a more ethical organization. http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/anp/2012/08/07/california-attorney-general-investigates-transitions-at-in-defense-of-animals/

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

There is no results about what they do!!! that's not a very way to show what you achieved! what did you achieved?

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

They are nothing but animal extremists looking to make a profit off of the people who donate their hard earned money.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a member of IDA for 25 years. I recieve information from many animal welfare organizations. In my opinion IDA does to the most effective work of all and without alienating the public. There accomplishments are amazing. One thing I look for in charities is how much the presidents and CEOs make. Dr. Katz receives a very modest amout, especially considering the cost of living in the Bay area. IDA is not the only animal charity that I support, but they are my favorite.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been following and protesting with IDA since 1987. They are an amazing organization that continues to do great work for animals. It sounds corny but there is no animal too small to be helped by this outstanding group. Dr. Katz had a vision that is ever-expanding, thank you to him!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Protests at UC Berkeley, Rancho Slaughterhouse.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I lost a good friend in January who loved IDA. Because of her three friends and I have become aware of the good things IDA does. We promised her, Linda Vlahos, that we would sell all her things after she passed away and donate all proceeds to IDA. She cared deeply for all animals and knowing how highly she regarded this charity was all we needed to know.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Not personally, but the animals have. This is a weird question.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am an animal rights activist. I receive most of the information about cruelty to animals from IDA. They are definitely a top notch nonprofit organization. I can honestly say that they do a lot of good work for the rights of animals and to better animals' lives. They are definitely going to use the resouces they receive and put it to good use.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I receive the success stories about the good work that is being done for animal welfare at lesst once a month.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This charity is on the spot, in the moment and wants to help. I have not only been educated by IDA, but I am sure my money, my phone calls to senators, zoos, and other animal abusers have all helped and led to the success of stopping as many bad people, doing bad things to animals as possible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The best part is getting to watch the fruits of our labor. Seeing an elephant released into the wild, free from her torcherer. Seeing monkeys feel grass under their feet and climb a tree for the first time. Freed from the prison they have lived prior.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

These people are making a real difference and telling us exactly where our money is going to. They just rescued 55 monkeys and a bunch of beagles from an Animal Testing lab and showed us every step of the way what they were doing and we get to feel like we are in on each and every story. They really care and are not so huge that we have no idea where our money is going.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing them rescue animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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