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Animal Defense League of Arizona

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Animal Defense League of Arizona, founded in 1997 from the merger of Tucson-based Voices for Animals and Phoenix-based Concerned Arizonans for the Animal Rights and Ethics, grew out of the need for a unified voice to work toward greater protection of animals in Arizona. ADLA works as a network of animal protection activists and advocates. Mission Statement: "To protect and defend Arizona''s animals."

Target demographics: animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: trap, neuter, and return 11,000 cats

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: the Spay Neuter Hotline and Trap Neuter Return Program for feral and free-roaming cats. ADLA is a statewide leader in spaying and neutering companion animals and feral cats. It TNR's 11,000 cats per year in Maricopa County and makes statewide referrals to low cost and no cost spay neuter services.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Lillian5

Donor

Rating: 5

I think ADLA is such a wonderful and very necessary organization to curtail the overpopulation of free roaming and stray cats. They have been instrumental in getting thousands of cats spay and neutered and they do this all with donations of which there are never enough and some grants. Not only does their effort result in keeping the population of these animals down, it also makes a better life for them.
God bless all the hard working people at ADLA and all the volunteers. A project of this magnitude could not be accomplished without their real dedication. I wish I could donate much more to this organization because it is so necessary and it helps cats and humans alike. This helps all the communities in the Valley of the Sun. GO ADLA!

1 Kathy143

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with this organization in the early 90's because of my concern with the issue of overpopulation of companion animals. I am so impressed with ADLA's continuing dedication to this issue through the Spay/Neuter Hotline which provides information to the community on spaying and neutering and referrals for low cost surgeries. ADLA also promotes TNR as a way to control the large population of feral cats in Maricopa County. It's very rewarding to volunteer at the Sunday s/n clinic to see how many caring people bring in feral cats for surgery! ADLA also supports all issues concerning the humane treatment of animals and I don't hesitate to donate because I know my donation is used to help animals.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I receive many solicitations from charities, and I am careful about which ones receive my donations. When I give to the Animal Defense League of Arizona, I know that my donation won't be wasted on high salaries and overhead but instead will be used to fund programs I care about.

Paul115

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with ADLA in one way or another for more than 15 years now. I'm so impressed with how much they get done both legislatively and practically (via their Spay/Neuter program) with really smart use of a limited budget. ADLA's compassion-oriented focus also makes their overall approach very friendly and accessible. Not once have I ever gotten a whiff of extremism from any aspect of their various programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started our membership many years before the organization developed the name ADLA; a grass roots team that made effective changes for humane treatment of animals, as well as safeguarded the rights of citizens to create initiatives. ADLA is most effective (state wide) in protecting animals from being abused by those who do not respect the value of other species. That is, ADLA created the means to stop cruelty to animals in Arizona, as well as preserved the rights of citizens to continue protecting Arizona's animals, contrary to what our "beloved" state legislators would like! Yes, we are proud life long members of a great organization that focuses their efforts on "What is right" for all Arizona animals as well as Arizona citizens.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Over the last 3 years I've had the pleasure to work with many wonderful people at the Animal Defense League (ADLA). They have all been extremely helpful. I have seen that they truely care about the animals and for us volunteers who are trying to help! Thank you for being there ADLA!,

Carla21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal Defense League of Arizona works tirelessly to help the domestic and wild animals of Arizona. Their Spay Neuter Hotline and Trap, Neuter, Return programs also benefit the people of our state by providing low or no cost options to spay and neuter companion animals and providing low and no cost options for spaying and neutering free roaming or feral cats to help lower the number of cats without homes. I am proud to be a long time donor and volunteer of Animal Defense League of Arizona. It's been my pleasure to work along side their dedicated staff and volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

the most caring people i have ever worked with (for the cats & the caregivers ) . this is an awesome
place too volunteer for. i love every minute of it. if you like animals? , & want to help ? get with them.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of ADLA for a numbers of years and am proud to do so. ADLA is one of the most effective state based animal protection organizations in the country. Thanks to its small but highly committed staff and fantastic volunteers, ADLA is engaged in a wide variety of animal issues in Arizona. ADLA's spay and neuter efforts, in collaboration with other committed organizations in the state, may be the best such campaign in the country. Though ADLA is small and lean, it is committed to protecting animals, domestic and wild, in Arizona. I strongly support ADLA and highly recommend this organization to those who care about animal welfare and protection.

1 Cattryn S.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is committed to improving the lives of all animals, both domesticated and wild, in AZ. I have been glad to be a volunteer and a donor for many years and have always been impressed with the professional and caring nature of all who are involved with this cause.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have spent a lot of time volunteering with ADLA, and love how they work with such a wide variety of groups and individuals to find solutions that help animals. ADLA truly understands the importance of collaboration and the value of volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and board member with the Animal Defense League of Arizona. I first met ADLA president and attorney Stephanie Nichols-Young in the late 1980’s at an ADLA predecessor group’s event protesting the use of animals in cosmetic testing. Shortly thereafter this small organization convinced Dial Corporation to issue a moratorium on animal testing. From that point on I became a volunteer, and joined the board of directors in 1998. I really believe in ADLA and its mission, and here’s why:

Throughout all of ADLA's many campaigns, I have been consistently impressed by the dedication and commitment of our volunteers that have made ADLA a statewide leader in spaying and neutering pets and feral cats. ADLA’s Trap Neuter Release Program has fixed almost 3,000 cats so far this year, with a total of over 40,000 cats fixed in Maricopa County since 2009.

ADLA volunteers have worked tirelessly on ballot measures including the 1998 citizen initiative that banned cockfighting, and the 2006 measure that banned the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal in factory farms. Thanks to ADLA volunteers, a ‘right to hunt’ referendum was defeated that could have overturned the ban on traps and poisons on Arizona public lands.
ADLA was also a member of a coalition that defeated a ballot measure that would have severely limited the citizen initiative process. And ADLA members led the animal protection community's opposition to a racetrack-back referendum that would have increased greyhound racing in Arizona.

ADLA volunteers are literally in the trenches, having helped relocate an entire prairie dog colony when urban development threatened to destroy its habitat. One of my favorite projects is working with Arizona Game and Fish and other volunteers to reintroduce black-tailed prairie dogs in southern Arizona.

Year after year, ADLA volunteers work to protect and defend Arizona’s animals – dogs and cats, wildlife, animals in farms, racetracks, and laboratories. No group does more for animals in Arizona with such few resources. I feel fortunate to be a part of such an amazing organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I was both a donor ($1000+) and TNR volunteer for 120+ cats. I gave up trying to work with through this organization. Now, word is staring to spread, and people just call me directly rather than the "hotline". If I think a person has the money to pay for low-cost spay/neuter of the homeless cats they are caring for, I expect them to pay, but do everything else myself for them, working directly with cooperating clinics. If it's clear the person asking for TNR has no money to spare, I pay myself -- with no tax deduction because I'm not a charity. That's how bad it is.

Maybe they do other good work with lobbying... But I'm watching their balance sheet -- and probably also the number of feral cats -- double, and am concerned.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

So impressed with the work ADLA does to help the cats and people in our community. They have TNR'd thousands of cats in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the last year alone. Check out their facebook page if you need to see more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Animal-Defense-League-of-Arizona/84977378986

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was in need of financial assistance due to to disabilities and lack of funds to do TNR. During the course of my encounters with AZ animal defense league which is also known as Spay Neuter Hotline for doing TNR I discovered they are actually listed with the IRS as a 50% organization not a non-profit. Due to the usual catty nonsense that goes on with women in general I could not be helped because I guess they couldn't see the cancer at that point and some women think they are all knowing I suppose. So not only were the cats never done the HOA in the area decided to "relocate" all the animals including the ones I had TNR'd. Who needs yet another self-serving organization as far as this is concerned. Their buddies within the group are always given freebies, the rest of the community, no. I'm sure this would explain why after 20 years of business they only have 1100 "likes" on facebook, soo self-serving and we need another option here.