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Animal Defenders International US

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: To educate, create awareness, and promote the interest of humanity in the cause of justice, and the suppression of all forms of cruelty to animals; wherever possible to alleviate suffering and to conserve and protect animals and the environment.

Programs: Located sanctuaries and built relationships with them for placing big cats in pending investigations and rescues by ADI. Produced hundreds of general ADI flyers for distribution at tabling events and local establishments.

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Krissi G.

Donor

Rating: 5

ADI does such extraordinary work with animals being the voice of the voiceless and protectors of the helpless. Please consider donating to them so they can keep up the outstanding work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal Defenders International makes a positive impact by spreading awareness, advocating for legislative change, and encouraging others to take action for animals. They follow through in areas where they've led successful campaigns, rescuing the animals and ensuring that they receive better lives. Truly a great organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love ADI and the work they do for animals around the world. In addition to taking on large-scale rescue missions, they also work to change laws so that the suffering stops and animals are protected in the long run. One of my favorite organizations ever.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADI are a dedicated and focused team of professionals providing a voice for the innocent and vulnerable animals across the planet. Their approach is thorough, holistic and tenacious and they have been responsible for many culture changing investigations shedding light behind closed doors and catalysing positive change. From helping to evolve legislation, educate the public to saving real animals - ADI does a tremendous job. I recommend checking them out and supporting their great work.

Donor

Rating: 5

ADI's mission is to educate, create awareness, and promote the interest of humanity in the cause of justice, and the suppression of all forms of cruelty to animals; wherever possible, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve and protect animals and their environment. They do all of this very successfully.

ADI takes a unique holistic, self-sufficient approach to achieving long-term protection for animals. They work at all levels, from start to finish of a campaign – from investigations and gathering empirical evidence to scientific and economic research, publication of technical reports, through to public education and assisting with law enforcement and legal protection for animals. ADI use their own photographs, video and research, and produce publications in-house. This total production approach saves money and increases outreach.

ADI have had numerous successes in their campaigns to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, and have gone on to rescue and relocate a large number of animals (including lions, tigers and bears). The ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa is run to the highest ethical standards with large natural enclosures and no public access.

Donor

Rating: 5

ADI is a wonderful organisation which has worked tirelessly over the years to rescue many animals that were living in appalling conditions and suffering shocking cruelty at the hands of unscrupulous circuses. Thanks to their work, many animals are now living happily and peacefully in sanctuaries, including the fantastic new ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal Defenders International is by far the most effective, self-sufficient AND efficient animal protection organization out there. They have a unique, holistic approach to securing protection for animals--they don't just run campaigns or urge those in government to enact animal protection laws, they're there from start to finish. From research and undercover investigations, to helping governments enforce bans (such as rescuing animals from circuses after a country bans animal circuses), ADI is there following through 100%. Beyond that, all you have to do is look at the transformation of the animals they've rescued, to know just how effective they are in fulfilling their mission and being clear on their vision.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the depressing universe of animal welfare, Animal Defenders International (ADI) provides a desperately needed beacon of hope and makes a very real difference for abused animals who need it most. From the transformed lives of circus animals who are given a second chance to live life as they were meant to, free from chains, cages, and performances for humans, to animals who have been freed from laboratory testing to shutting down the horrors of the fur farm business. Additionally, and with much appreciation for ADI's advocacy on behalf of animals, laws that support animal welfare are being passed in governments literally all over the world, making life-changing differences. ADI is one of the single most exciting animal welfare nonprofits on the planet, where you can literally watch their projects in action, and be touched by the joy that fortunate animals experience as they are set free! So much gratitude for the remarkable successes of ADI's projects worldwide. Kudos to the entire team - devoted, dedicated, and unstoppable! If you're not already familiar with ADI, do yourself a favor, and get to know Animal Defenders International!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched and supported Animal Defenders International US for about six years now. As each year passes, I am even more impressed with the work that this organization has been able to push through with determination and hard work. This group not only manages to diplomatically have laws changed in countries where animals have only been viewed as commodity/entertainment, but also to follow through with the governments to enforce the laws, rescue them (many times facing frightening dangers by those not willing to give up their animals), AND THEN to find and secure transport to fantastic sanctuaries.

The hours they spend working (and traveling, many times in the most bumpy, rugged vehicles) to accomplish their mission is one I watch with incredible respect, awe, and pride.

As a former rescuer, I have heard of fantastic nonprofits--and many who hide behind them for their own greedy purposes. Therefore, I am very careful whom I contribute to as I try to do as much research, as well as talk with other rescuers who know the "real" stories of some (including famous) organizations. I am a very proud fan and follower of Animal Defenders International US for the incredible work that they do. Please consider helping this hardworking group to help rescue animals from a horrific life that humans took from them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADI is a truly remarkable organization! I have been a loyal supporter of theirs since I first saw Lion Ark. I truly appreciate how they work from start to finish on a campaign. Not just legislation or only rescues, but starting with investigations & research, then outreach & legislative campaigns to make changes in the laws to protect the animals, then, where needed, once the legislation is passed, rescuing the animals and caring for them for life.
I think this strategy really sets them apart from similar groups and I will continue to support them with all of my capabilities.

2 Elise Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

Tim, Jan, Rowena and the team are superb at assessing animals at risk in circuses and labs, and addressing their circumstances in a clear, creative, efficient and successful manner, one in which all parties learn and grow. Among all of the animal welfare NGOs with whom I work or to whom I donate, ADI is at the top of the list.

I'm particularly impressed by their ability to resist unconscious bias or self-congratulatory behavior, and credit them with helping to transform the Americas with respect to the terrible plight of circus animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Perhaps, the most important global voice for animals that's out there. As essential in the non-profit world as the animals ADI protects are to the natural world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I saw them rescue, chained/abused/mistreated/neglected, circus animals, and create/move them to a wild/protected, forever home, in Africa! their OperationFreedom missions in SouthAmerica/Peru, and EmoyaBigCat sanctuary made me cry with Joy! Please donate a.s.a.p.! We did!#God Bless You fellow "angels"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is a holistic animal rescue group; literally saving abused individuals that are hidden away in the far corners of the world while simultaneously implementing permanent legal protection so it never happens to another animal again.

I've had the pleasure of working with ADI’s team in Peru (Operation Spirit of Freedom circus animal rescue 2014-15) and I was completely impressed with their staff, their facility (which they built in incredibly challenging conditions), their veterinary care and commitment to helping the animals recover and thrive, as well as their commitment to enriching the animals' lives while they wait in transition to sanctuary.

ADI figures out how to meet the needs of numerous species and if a proper sanctuary does not exist, they build it! I am inspired by their determination and dedication to solve these long standing problems, once and for all, and I am honored to play a small part in their efforts which improve the lives of so many desperate animals.

Gigi Glendinning

11 Shiloh G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADI is a phenomenal organization that truly goes above and beyond for their rescues. I had the honor of volunteering in Peru during Operation Spirit of Freedom twice. The animal care in food, enrichment, and health care is exceptional. Tim and Jan are both hard working and compassionate people that do anything and everything to help animals of all species. It was a privilege to meet them and talk about their organization and what they continue to do for animals all over. I look forward to volunteering with them on future rescues. They are by far my favorite rescue organization out there. If you are going to support a non-profit, please choose Animal Defenders International.

12 Marta F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

\as an Animal Welfare campaigner and activist I am very aware of what ADI do and it is enormous. One of the aspects of trying to help abused animals is the feeling of being helpless against the organisations and governments who protect the continuation of the terrible abuse. So, when ADI does something like the undercover work in filming the horrific abuse done to an elderly and arthritic elephant called Annie, taken from Bobby Roberts vile circus and now free from her terrible beatings, it is so uplifting and gives me, and other campaigners, such hope and encouragement.

Animal Defenders International have saved and brought back so many animals from horrific and cruel situations and they are simply THE GREATEST.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ADI´s work is wonderful. In Colombia they are doing a great work to get the ban of animals in circuses as they did in Bolivia and Peru. Hope they do the same around all the world.

5 Nikki Elliott

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nobody in the world does more to release animals from horrendous suffering than Animal Defenders International! I salute each member of their team... on behalf of the animals! Thank you ADI, you are the best!

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Donor

Rating: 5

ADI does incredible work exposing the cruelty to animals in entertainment, particularly the circus where elephants and tigers are beaten and electrocuted to do ridiculous tricks. ADI informs and educates the public about the barbaric treatment of animals that perform in these shows. ADI also works to mobilize people to protect all animals.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADI continues to fight a necessary and brave fight against animal exploitation. Their work to free wild animals from circuses and re-educate the public on this matter has been groundbreaking, and I am constantly looking to what they will achieve next.

4 Anne69

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe that wild animals should never be caged or used for the purpose of entertainment or human greed. ADI fights for the rights of these animals to stay in their own environment without the threat of persecution of capture. They need our support and they need it now.

5 Christina51

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADI fights for an extremely important and just cause with passion and truth. With support from the public and through political campaigning, ADI achieve real results for animals suffering at the hands of humans. To see the transformation in the lives of animals rescued from misery by ADI is inspirational.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What wonderful work ADI do!! Thanks to them so many animals have been rescued, offered sanctury and monitered. They should be recognised for their tireless efforts!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported ADI for many years and they do such an important job. They work tirelessly to save animals in distress or who are mistreated and deserve greater recognition for all they do.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADI is doing an amazing job, shining a light into the darkness of the helpless and voiceless. We are all Gods creatures and need to help one another and stand up Thankyou for all that you do.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

ADI has made a significant positive impact on animals used in entertainment not only in rescue and protection, but for educating the public how these animals are neglected and abused..and most importantly how each of us can take action to help change their situations. Thanks ADI!!

3 Scott57

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


Animals are the main victims in our society today, and it's our responsibility to make sure they are treated with respect. ADI are doing just that, and they serve not just the animals, but the human society as well by making us more aware to the suffering of the creatures we share our world with
I am an Animal Chiropractor and passionate about bringing awareness to the world and giving a voice to those that can't speak!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADI is doing an excellent job of bringing awareness to the world and giving a voice to those that can't speak...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following ADI on facebook and read the fabulously wonderful things they have done for animals everywhere. I watched a video of them saving big cats in South America it was absolutely fabulous. I wish I were an millionaire I would give them all of it to save the animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animals are the main victims in our society today, and it's our responsibility to make sure they are treated with respect. ADI are doing just that, and they serve not just the animals, but the human society as well by making us more aware to the suffering of the creatures we share our world with

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADI are doing great work defending animals around the world. They need every help they can have to continue their amazing effoets.

2 Nicole61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animals around the world are lucky to have this great organization be their voice! The world is a better place because ADI is always looking out for their best interests, please support them!

2 Misti L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very thankful for all that ADI does and am happy to support them. They work hard on issues that some may deem small or irrelevant and I love that are not like that.

2 Harold N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Defenders International is the most dedicated and professional group of individuals I've ever had the pleasure to work with. They have always been available to help when I have asked for their assistance. I can't say enough good about this organization.

2 Alexis5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Man Kind and The Animal Kingdom are better off for having ADI! I love the Compassion, Kindness and Peaceful way they get the word out on the voiceless and defenseless Animals. I would not have known about so many innustices in the world that I can help because of the greatness of ADI. If there is any Charity to Donate or Support it's Animal Defenders International! Bless You!

2 Dimitris K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Words can't really express the feelings deep inside me each time i see a rescued animal.

Dimitris Karagiannakis
Software Engineer