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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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have neighbors who have participated in ADLA's TNR program. By having trapped, neutered and returned the feral or homeless cats to the neighborhood, they will have reduced the cat population over time. ADLA is willing to help people that have an overpopulation of cats in their neighborhoods.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Defense League of Arizona is a very wonderful program that helps our strays. They set up appointments with reputable vet clinics in your area that will spay./neuter cats at a very reasonable cost. They have what they call "trap depots" in various areas that will loan out the traps at no cost to you. Please continue to support this program as they are doing an excellent job in controlling the population of cats in your area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal defense league of Arizona has help me trap neuter and return countless cats in my neighborhood as well as other neighborhoods. Their assistance was key in not only helping the cats in my community but also bringing people together

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Their efforts to reduce the feral cat population is outstanding--it is the only way to stop an increase in he stray cat problem and at least eliminate further breeding without resorting to euthanasia

1 Michelle Luka

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Defense League of Arizona is an amazing dedicated group of people who care about animal welfare. They host a Spay Neuter Hotline for TNR of feral cats and have helped 10s of thousands of cats if not more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Well run organization that assists Arizonans and their animals. Community cat TNR program provides free service to many areas in Phoenix to help neuter stray/feral cats.

1 Carla J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that offers help to communities with a humane solution of sterilization of outdoor cats.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADLA plays a critical role in our community by providing TNR and spay/neuter resources that would otherwise be non-existent. I have supported, recommended, and utilized the services they provide over the years and will continue to do so.

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Board Member

Rating: 5


Stray cats ! Community cats ! Feral cats ! Whatever you call them - We see them everywhere. What do you do ?

You can't take them home but you want to help. The most successful method of reducing the number of stray, community, feral cats is TNR. Trap, Neuter, Return !

Trap the cat, neuter the cat, and then return the cat to where it lived - to its area called a "colony".

But how do you do it and where do you go for help. One of the most successful programs of the Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA) is running the Spay-Neuter Hotline and the TNR program.

Since 2009, ADLA has facilitated the TNR of 100,00 cats. They supply the training, assist in trapping, provide humane traps, referrals to veterinarians, assistance in maintaining a colony and all sorts of information on saving cats.

ADLA also provides assistance and info on all manner of questions and referrals for spaying and neutering of pet cats.

They do this with only 5 staff members and hundreds of volunteers who are committed to reducing the number of community cats and protecting all animals in Arizona.

They do this with 90 cents out of every dollar raised going to program services and 65 cents of those expenses going to spay-neuter surgery costs.

Other programs work to raise citizen awareness of animal programs and concerns within the state.

I have worked in Maricopa County government for the last 21 years. My last 15 years was with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. That experience provided me with the insight to see the things that could be done to improve the lives of animals in Arizona.

After I retired, I decided that ADLA was the organization that could make a lasting impact in improving and saving the lives of animals in Arizona. I am honored to serve on its Board of Directors as its newest member.

Nancy Harris
Scottsdale, Arizona

1 Anna G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADLA works tirelessly to help defend the voiceless of Arizona’s animals ranging from community cats to wolves to protection of farm animals. Most of my experience has been working with ADLA and their TNR program at their spay neuter clinic that is held 2 times a month. They are on a mission to end the needless suffering of community cats and most importantly educate the community as to help get this under control in their own community. I’m amazed as to how ADLA is able to get the community involved. They are a very worthwhile organization and I always recommend them if people have questions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADLA has established itself as the premier organization fighting for animals in Arizona! I trust their leadership knowing they are committed to helping all animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADLA is one of the leaders in the community when it comes to saving cats and preventing unwanted litters. I can't say enough good things about this organization.

1 JosephineLevy

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about Animal Defense League of Arizona. They are informed, efficient, and get things done by working well with a variety of people in the community. Their TNR program is currently helping to control the feral cat population at Beatitudes Campus and their help is so appreciated by our community. Two thumbs up!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is passionately dedicated to all animals in all situations. They are the eyes and ears of animal advocates and the precious animals of Arizona. They work tirelessly through their Spay Neuter Hotline helping thousands of Arizona’s outdoor cats and managing the cat population. Their volunteers and few staff members are amazing and all have the heart for this work.

4 Stephanie N.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so amazed at the passion, dedication and expertise that ADLA's staff and volunteers bring to our state! Its Spay Neuter Hotline is a leader in Pet and Outdoor Cat spay/neuter. Through many coalitions ADLA leverages its resources and experience to protect the interests of more of Arizona's animals!

3 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!

2 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.

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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.

1 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.

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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.