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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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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9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

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/

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When searching for an animal advocacy group who uses funding most efficiently, IDA was at the top of the list. We learned more about their effectiveness with animal causes as we continued to support this organization through donations and signing petitions. We share IDA with those we love in the form of gift memberships.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IDA is fast becoming the Voice for Animals in America. They are quick to take direct action to defend Animals in need and not shy when it comes to tackling issues that others ignore.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IDA is an incredible non-profit working within the legal system of the USA to fight for animal rights and protection. They work tirelessly on behalf of abused and mistreated circus and zoo elephants to end the mistreatment of these amazing animals and find them homes in permanent sanctuaries. Recently, IDA rescued 55 monkeys from a lab where they were experimented on, held in teeny cages and never allowed to live as a monkey should. Those monkeys now have a permanent home in a sanctuary where they will get to live as monkeys for the first time. IDA works on so many animal issues across the board, from campaigning for whales and dolphins to ending puppy mills. I love supporting IDA and would like to see more people do so too!