Animal Legal Defense Fund

Rating: 4.72 stars   109 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 170 East Cotati Avenue Cotati CA 94931 USA

Mission: ALDF's mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
Programs: ALDF's Criminal Justice Program works with law enforcement and prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for animal abusers. Our Animal Law Program is dedicated to fostering the field of animal law among legal professionals and in law schools nationwide. Our Litigation Program files cutting-edge lawsuits to stop the abuse of companion animals, and animals abused in industries including factory farming and the entertainment business.
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The ALDF is a wonderful organization that has done a lot to help get justice for animals. I really appreciate everything they've done on behalf of Tony the Truck Stop Tiger in Louisiana, as well as all of their efforts to promote the humane treatment and protection of animals.

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

Seeing their success in getting justice for Tony the Tiger.

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

make no changes, they are doing a fantastic job!

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2011

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When I lost my job last year, I knew I could only donate to a precious few causes anymore...I had to choose carefully. Ultimately, I chose ALDF alone. Through my animal rights circles, as well as my own research, I kept noticing how proactive the ALDF was on important issues. It consistantly provided detailed information to its followers which instilled confidence in me that my donations were being put to good use. I will donate to ALDF as long as I can!

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

following their landmark legal victories.

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

allow it to grow more.

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I support the Animal Legal Defense Fund for the legal impact they have on animal welfare and safety. I enjoy receiving news and updates via facebook and feel more aware of issues that impact animals. I think they are positive force animal welfare and feel positive they are making a difference!

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

That I have read about cases that have been won and fought via their litigation.

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

None.

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The ALDF inspires me because they are really doing the legwork - setting a standard for the future - by attending trials, engaging in litigation and educating the public about animal welfare. Their recent victory in court, on behalf of Tony the Tiger, was exactly why the ALDF deserves recognition for all their hard work.

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

I am inspired to attend more seminars and conferences on how I can become involved in animal welfare legislation.

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

Create more offices across the country, specifically in the Northeast.

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I think the work you do on behalf of the animals is extraordinary! Most who go into law do it for the purpose of making money or as a stepping stone to other things, so for your people to work on behalf of animals who have no money to offer you in return for your services is admirable. I applaud your work on behalf of those who can't speak for themselves. The cruelty that is aimed at animals every day of every hour in this country is unacceptable and I firmly believe you are a leading force in the animal welfare campaign for justice! By changing the laws and prosecuting criminals Americans and those all over the world will come to acknowledge this generations civil rights movement on behalf of animals.

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

Watching animal abusers be brought to justice for their crimes.

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

n't do a thing :)

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ALDF is a great organization that takes a common-sense approach towards contributing in a fairly unique way. Laws at the federal, state and local level are written by harried politicians and enforced by harried prosecutors; ALDF helps create and enforce these laws because nobody else will (everyone is busy with other and "more important" issues). Basic animal cruelty laws that exist today were created by folks like ALDF in the past, so please don't regard them as extremists. Thank you for reading.

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

Seeing specific animal cruelty cases being prosecuted almost entirely due to ALDF support. Animal welfare law being introduced to law students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very "normal" people! Good sense of humor etc.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

significantly reduce incidents of cruelty by preventing and prosecuting specific incidents and help changing laws in different municipalities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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I support the ALDF on both a professional and personal basis. From a professional standpoint, ALDF has consistently and successfully crafted novel theories of law to increase legal protection of animals and enhance the legal protections available to animals under existing laws. And personally, there has never been a time when I called upon ALDF with a question or concern that I did not receive a thorough and reliable response. An excellent example of the forward thinking work of ALDF was in Virginia in 2008. In the wake of the Michael Vick tragedy, the ALDF drafted a bill approved by the Virginia Assembly and signed by the governor adding dog fighting to the list of crimes that can be prosecuted under the Virginia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) laws. ALDF gets the job done.

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

Louisiana is my home. While other non profits offered talk concerning the BP Gulf oil spill, ALDF took action. Filing suit against BP alleging violation of the Endgangered Species Act, ALDF brought relief to turtles being burned alive. That's personal.

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

I would make no changes. ALDF uses their funding wisely, maintains a competent staff, is led by a top notch Executive Director who keeps ALDF on mission, and informs supporters of their work through a comprehensive website, newsletter and law journal.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Where other organizations say it can't be done, ALDF says it can be done and they do it and do it successfully.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Top notch. Always thinking of another way to promote animal welfare through the legal system.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save 10 million animals.

Ways to make it better...

Every interaction I have had with ALDF has been educational, rewarding and encouraging.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Obtaining the necessary funding in a slow economy to continue their work. The mission and work of so many non-profits is, frankly, redundant, but ALDF has a specific focus, they stay on mission, and get the job done.

One thing I'd also say is that...

ALDF has proven that the organization is very worthy of the support of anyone who supports animal welfare. ALDF gets results.

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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I am a great believer in the work that ALDF does in helping animals through the legal system. It is evident that the folks at ALDF are hard working, passionate and caring individuals. Not only am I impressed with all of the accomplishments of their individual cases they undertake, but also it is exciting to hear about the work that they do to support the growing field of animal law in the education system. They have taken great strides to affect real change in how animals are perceived in the eyes of the law (and general public) and continue to sow the seeds for a better future.

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

witnessing the results of all the various cases that ALDF has undertaken. The dog hoarding case touched my heart especially when I met one of the dogs who after all he had been through still just seemed like a happy go lucky dog...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I am passionate about animals and like to support organizations that truly make a difference in animal welfare now and in the future. I learned of a court case in 2005 that provided ALDF with temporary custody of over 300 dogs from a hoarder/puppy mill. To read the description of the conditions these innocent dogs lived in would make you sick. I knew I had to become active in supporting ALDF. We fostered one of the dogs removed from this horrific property until ALDF finally won the case in 2007 - which is when we could officially adopt him into our family. Without ALDF's tireless and intelligent lawyers on the animals side, the dogs in this case would have never stepped on grass, had regular meals or had any positive interaction with the human race. Our dog, Ben, came to us yellow from urine staining and scared of the world. As I type this now, his white furred body is curled in a clean bed next to me sleeping. He's content with good food in tummy, loved beyond words and happy to be with the people in his "circle of friends". I am the lucky one to have him in my life and for that I - or WE are forever grateful to ALDF. The passion of this organization and the people involved is inspiring. Since this initial experience with ALDF, I have independently organized events over the last 4 years that bring attention and funding to the critical work that ALDF takes on to give all animals a voice and the basic respect deserved in life. I am so grateful this organization exists and focuses on changing the laws, which in my opinion gets at the base of the problem with animal neglect and abuse. I do support many other well-deserving animal charities, but I am a lifetime supporter of ALDF because I believe they can truly make a difference now and in the future. I hope you consider getting involved too! Again, Ben thanks ALDF for his life.

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

Without ALDF, my dog Ben would more than likely be dead and have lived a life of fear and sickness.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, smart and focused people who are and will make a difference for the better in this world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It would use it very wisely to make the biggest and best impact on animal welfare as possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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My husband and I have been donors and supporters of ALDF for many years. We initially were interested in the organization because of their unique and focused mission of fighting for animal rights through the legal system. Our support was modest at first, but as we saw the amazing work that was being done, we decided to support ALDF with more and more of our charitable contributions. While there are other (also wonderful) organizations that fight for animal rights, there are none that we are aware of that works to SHAPE the future of animal law in the way that ALDF does. The cases they choose to fight are ones that will make a difference for more than the animals involved in the case. The cases that ALDF wins protects the innocents of the future, as well as, the present. The work ALDF does incredibly important to the future of all animals. We've had the privilege of meeting and talking with some of the Executive Staff at ALDF, both current and former, and we are always impressed by their commitment to the animals. All of the attorneys and staff that work at ALDF could probably be making a lot more money elsewhere, but they choose instead to make animal rights their life's work. It's not an easy job and yet they choose it for their love of all animals. If you have any doubts that this is an incredible organization filled with incredible people, just read a few of the heartbreaking cases that they are working on. To just hear the stories is difficult, but to realize that these folks see the torture and horrors firsthand and keep fighting is nothing short of amazing. ALDF is the premier organization fighting for advances in animal law and they are making a difference, for both companion and non-companion animals alike. I highly recommend this organization and I believe that ALDF is indeed a GREAT non-profit organization!

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

their success stories. Read some of their stories to find out exactly how they are shaping the future of animal law.

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

not change the organization, but try to persuade more animal lovers to support them. ALDF needs our help!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that the contributions I've made are being used to defend and protect those who otherwise have no voice, both now and in the future.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

COMMITTED to helping animals. They all seem to have a lot of pets, some even adopted from a case they've worked on! The staff I met were vegan, as well, so they definitely live their lives in compassionate ways.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world for animals living in the U.S.!

Ways to make it better...

I had more money to contribute.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds and support. ALDF is not as well known as PETA or HSUS, but their financial needs are just as great because legal cases are expensive to fight.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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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