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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 more than 12,000 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 between 10,000 - 15,000 cats per year in Maricopa County and makes statewide referrals to low cost and no cost spay neuter services.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADLA taught me everything I needed to know about TNR and getting control of the number of stray/feral cats in my neighborhood. They made it very easy with continued help, and still help me to this day. I suggest them to people in my neighborhood and friends who are also having so many cats reproducing. They lend out the traps and gave me specific help on trapping. Their instructions helped me catch 4 cats/kittens on the first try and I was only scheduled to trap 3. They helped me catch 2 more the next week. I am still working with them to catch another 2 that started hanging around. I cannot say enough good things about ADLA. I cannot imagine how bad the feral/stray reproducing situation would be without ADLA’s help.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been involved in TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) and supporting community cat colonies for over five years. None of it would be possible without the services ADLA provides. From the ease of scheduling appointments to the low cost spay/neuter and the tireless efforts of all involved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am in a neighborhood with a fairly large feral cat population. Since June, I have been able to TNR 13 cats, 3 of which were kittens. I was successful each time I trapped. In the past, I had poor results. I donated to ADLA, and through a very nice thank you letter, got in contact with Jacqueline. She has been my rock, my mentor, my cheering committee. She has educated me by sharing research and hints that have helped her trap. This made the process infinitely easier. My challenge is my neighbor. He happily feeds cats, but isn't proactive in stabilizing this colony. In fairness, he has improved. He no longer feeds while I trap. It saddens and frustrates me that there are so many cats on the streets who desperately need intervention. I have such great admiration for those at ADLA who consistently work toward this humane effort. They show by their actions that they truly love animals.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a long time volunteer with Animal Defense League of Arizona, which has been in the trenches to protect companion animals, farm animals, wildlife, animals in laboratories and entertainment since 1987. ADLA’s largest program is the Spay Neuter Hotline which Traps, Neuters, and Returns around 15,000 cats annually in Maricopa County.

I've primarily been involved in ADLA's legislative program which works to pass legislation to protect Arizona’s animals and to stop bills that would harm animals. Over past legislative sessions ADLA and other groups helped to stop several measures that would have removed farm animals from protection under our state animal cruelty laws. We also work to stop bills to weaken Arizona’s public initiative process, which is the single most important tool for protecting animals. Thanks to citizen initiatives, Arizona voters banned traps and poisons on public lands, cockfighting, and the inhumane confinement of farm animals.

This year the Arizona Legislature passed a significant bill that strengthens penalties for egregious animal abuse. ADLA and its partner groups worked tirelessly over the last four years to pass this legislation which helps protect not only animals, but families and communities throughout our state.

I'm proud to be a part of a nonprofit group that devotes well over 90% of donations to program services. No organization is able to do so much for animals with so little, thanks to our many volunteers who generously give their time for animals. Thank you, ADLA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADLA provides TNR assistance services for community (feral) cats with its Spay Neuter Hotline program. They work with people to trap, neuter and return feral cats - a population that most animal rescues don’t deal with. ADLA plays a critical role in reducing the community cat population working constantly to publicize the need to TNR these cats. In addition, ADLA works to defend all animals in need throughout Arizona and joins with other groups to facilitate positive change. I have known and worked with many of the people who volunteer and work for ADLA. Their commitment to positive change for these animals is outstanding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They were great. They loaned me a trap and Jacquline showed up on a Saturday night to help me. I was able to trap momma cat and her 3 kittens. They are great people and go out of their way to help people and animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had multiple cats living with me over the years – all coming from rescue organizations. Although I realized that there were community cats all around, I hadn’t thought about how they lived, who took care of them and if they got neutered/spayed. Since finding out about ADLA, the actual statistics and process of taking care of these cats became clear. ADLA’s community cat program assists people with TNR (trap/neuter/return) of 15,000 cats a year. This seems like a lot but there are more in the community than can be assisted. ADLA works with individuals to assist with the process, finding clinics that will TNR at a high-volume and low cost and then monitoring the colonies after surgery. Cities and Homeowner Associations also work with ADLA to maintain programs that assist their residents with TNR in their neighborhoods. All in all, ADLA has successfully initiated and maintained a solution to a huge problem. I support ADLA and will continue to recommend and support them whenever I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everytime I need help the animal defense league of Arizona has always been there for me. I recently picked up a really sick cat with no eyes and I contacted them for help and right away they replied to me and helped me. Now the cat will survive and be able to live a happy healthy life because of the defense league I'm so grateful for their team they are amazing!! They have also helped me to TNR my colony in my neighborhood and because of that I was able to get the babies and find them homes after they were fixed. They are saving lives everyday and I'm so happy to be able to help and be able to work with such an amazing organization and group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADLA is the go-to provider of trap-neuter-return of feral cats for all of Greater Metropolitan Phoenix. As part of this role, ADLA conducts high volume spay/neuter clinics with the local veterinary school. This program exposes future veterinarians to the process, and the importance, of trap-neuter-return in the humane control of feral cat populations.

ADLA is also very impactful in promoting animal-friendly legislation, regulation, and policy at all levels of government.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After being actively involved with trap-neuter-return (TNR) in Michigan, New York, and Hawaii, I came to Arizona looking to get involved. I found ADLA online and reached out to volunteer. I quickly found myself immersed in the world of TNR and outdoor cats once again, but this time it was different. ADLA, a group of few employees and limited volunteers, does the work of (above and beyond) many larger organizations in other states - offering coaching, traps, and completely covering the coordination with veterinary clinics to connect cat caregivers with surgery appointments. Some states I've lived in didn't have programs at all and many community members were left to figure things out on their own, which is a frustrating and discouraging place to find yourself in. In many other communities, this is a job that no one dares to take on. However, it is an extremely necessary project not only for the welfare of outdoor cats, but for the environment, native species in the area, community health, and property value. ADLA takes all of these reasons into consideration and operates as a resource for community members to step up and get involved in their neighborhoods for the cats and people that live in it. Spay and neuter resources are extremely important and are often unorganized (and sometimes undervalued) in other states. ADLA is a nonprofit of small size with few people operating it behind the scenes. Taking into account the sheer number of cats it can spay/neuter per year (13,000-15,000 annually - not to mention the number of prevented kitten births!) it is incredibly amazing to see the work that they can accomplish. We all wish that there would be no unwanted cats, that all pet owners would fix their pets, and that all cats would have a loving home - however, TNR is the best solution for the health of the communities, outdoor cats, and to work towards that goal. ADLA is the reason our community can accomplish so much. Like any nonprofit, ADLA relies on donations and the support of the community. PLEASE get involved, fix your pets, and support this organization. I don't think people realize what it would be like to not have ADLA as a resource. I unfortunately do, and I'm telling you how lucky you have it! If you want to see ADLA and trap-neuter-return (TNR) succeed in Maricopa County get involved, volunteer your time, and consider donating. Please think about how much more ADLA would be able to accomplish with your help. If you have participated in this way already, thank you! Maricopa County should be proud to support a group like ADLA because not every city is lucky enough to have an organization like it. I am definitely proud of all of the community members that have participated, volunteers, and staff that make this organization successful.

miyow

Volunteer

Rating: 5

animal defense league of Arizona houses the largest trap neuter return program in Arizona along with a database of low cost spay neuter clinics in the valley.i have utilized their services personally to control the cat population in my community and refer others to them so they can do the same. The work they do for domestic and wild animals is much needed and utilized in our community

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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

I have fixed many cats in my neighborhood now with the help of the Animal Defense League of Arizona, and I'm still amazed by the work they do. It's not easy work, but they fill a very necessary need in the community. Without them, there would be many, many kittens born in the Phoenix area. There would be many community members like me that want to help but don't know what do do. Please support them whether you like cats or not because they are so important to the community. There is no other group in this area like them.

1 azrezdog

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arizona's pet population would be in dire straits without ADLA. Great leadership & dedicated volunteers make ADLA one of the most well run rescues around.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Animal Defense League of Arizona is a vital resource in the animal welfare community. They work with both the general public & shelters to provide the much needed Trap, Neuter & Release program for out kitty population. ADLA has saved thousands of lives through their hard work & compassion.

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JosephineLevy

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADLA's Spay/Neuter Hotline and Trap/Neuter/Release programs have got to be national models---so effective at reducing the number of unwanted animals, so efficient and helpful to those of us who might otherwise want to look the other way. Other programs provide solid information about relevant animal issues in our community---what a great professional resource. Thanks ADLA!

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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!

Roy C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity was amazing. I was able to have 2 of the stray cats spayed through their organization at no charge. they also connected me to the vet that helped me get the kittens of the 2 strays neutered and spayed.

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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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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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.

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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!,

1 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.

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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.