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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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

3

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.

5

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!

5

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.

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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.

4 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!!

2 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...

3

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.

2

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

2

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.