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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: ALDF's mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

Geographic areas served: animal welfare

Programs: ALDF's Criminal Justice Program works with law enforcement and prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for animal abusers. Our Animal Law Program is dedicated to fostering the field of animal law among legal professionals and in law schools nationwide. Our Litigation Program files cutting-edge lawsuits to stop the abuse of companion animals, and animals abused in industries including factory farming and the entertainment business.

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115 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stacy S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are trying to euthanize my dog here in Kingman az over a paper cut bite and I need to save my dogs life

2 Skip C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

fascist storm trooper lawyers, who abuse the legal system. They want to stop all dog breeding period. Even that of rare and endangered species.

Client Served

Rating: 3

I want to know if you think I have any reason to move forward with suing the Vet that I believe killed my 6 year old purebred yellow lab, that until 2 months ago was perfectly healthy and spent everyday taking care of me or swimming strong in the ocean or enjoying everything about life.

I had this dog since he was 6 weeks old and I met him the day he was born, he not only was my best friend, and the sweetest, caring, intelligent dog Ive ever had, but when I became sick and declared disabled, he officially became my "companion dog" and is registered as that, with the state of California.

My dog, Mako, was by all means very healthy and happy. He went to the vet every 6 months or so, he had all his shots, vaccinations, if I suspected a minute problem he went to the vet. I even traveled with both of my dogs medical files if I went anywhere and "animal people or other vets" were very impressed with that.

On January 28th 2019, Mako was strong, he was happy, he was about 105lbs of muscle and heart. I have videos of him playing in the ocean for hours chasing the stick or ball out into the waves as far as he could go, and he never shows signs of being tired or sick or even wanting to stop.

On February 25, 2019 - he started to look pale and he ran into our front door after playing outside for a few hours and after becoming aware that I was not doing well that day.
Within a few days, we noticed his right ear was swelled up, and discovered he had a hematoma (flop ear) and took him to the vet first thing in the morning.

The vet took his blood, vitals, did a check-up on him and inserted a vaccine or something into his ear and said that should kill the bacteria.

I tried to ask what caused the hematoma since I had read there were 3 causes and one, I didn't want my other lab to get it and two. I wanted to make sure if there was something in or around my house that I had it removed or repaired.

I got very evasive answers.

Within 3 days, I asked to bring him back because his ear was getting worse and the bump on his head had become increasingly more swollen... that was on a Thursday or Friday and they told me I couldn't bring him back till the next Monday.

That Monday, after a very long 3 days of him not feeling well, we took him back to the vet, at this point, he had lost about 10-15lbs and didn't look well at all.

I told them, I wanted them to do surgery on his ear because I didn't want his ear or anything else to be damaged from this infection/ear flop, and I read that draining or steroid insertion never works anyway.

They again, didn't do the surgery, with the basis it was too costly. They drained some of the liquid from his ear and then told me the liquid in his ear spread into his head causing an infection where he bumped his head, and they shaved, drained, and stitched (very poorly stitched) his head with 3 staples and again sent him home.

After he came home, he started acting very strange. He stopped eating, he started running away, and started losing weight very aggressively.

I called and got several 2nd opinions and every vet I spoke to said he needed to have surgery on his ear immediately to relieve him of both the pain, the infection, and confusion it was causing him.

Because it was a Saturday, I chose an animal hospital about 30 minutes away and one that offered assistance plans, since I am low income and disabled, but still the animal hospital was highly recommended.

They took his blood, they told me to stop giving him one of the medications the other vet gave, but continue the antibiotic and prescribed him a strong pain reliever. Because it was Saturday, they offered me the option to stay overnight there, but they would not be able to do surgery on his ear till Monday when they got back his blood work, or I could take him home with me for the next 2 nights and bring him back Monday morning for his ear surgery. (I chose to take him home to be at home, since there was nothing extremely pressing to keep him in a cage in a strange place for 2 nights when he was not going to get medical attention just boarded basically).

Monday upon arrival for surgery, we were asked to come back and speak with the vet, and we were informed his blood work showed highly elevated sugar levels and that he has diabetes and we needed to take action immediately. They told us they would keep him for 3-4 days in their care facility and start him on insulin and a prescription diet and once they are comfortable with a dosage and feel comfortable he can be managed at home, he would be able to come home.

I figured Thursday or Friday I would expect him to come home...that Animal Hospital was attentive, they called me 3-4 times a day, they gave me updates, they let me come visit him and for all purposes, I was impressed. Except for with the fluctuating glucose numbers and then on Wednesday they called in the afternoon and told me to come get him. I could quite figure out how he went from Monday am at 660, afternoon 410, evening 230 and Tuesday similar in pattern and then Wednesday no counts given, just come get him between 4-5pm.

I got there, he was a good boy, he wanted to come home and he faked being well very good. So they gave me insulin instructions and a prescription dog food (that had been recalled just days earlier) and off we went. He still had flop ear, no one ever addressed that or drained it, and his poor head still had a worse, wide open but restitched gash in it.

Within 3 hours, he was no longer a happy good boy, he was a sick dog.

This was Wednesday, March 20, 2019... we fed him but he wasn't interested in food. We gave him insulin as instructed but it seemed to make him worse, more lethargic and he started peeing himself and not being to get up from bed.

The vet said to give it another week to have his stitches removed, and about 3 weeks to have the insulin re-checked and get an update with them.

We decided to give a little less of his pain medication, because it was disabling to him and he was getting dizzy walking, so we thought and he didn't act so much in pain but sad and depressed and uninterested in life.

On that next Monday, March 25, 2019 we took him to his favorite beach to play in the ocean but he would take 2 little hops and couldn't do anymore. He just wanted lots and lots of water. He could walk but he was slow. He wanted to chase the stick but didn't have the energy to do so. He just wanted water, more and more water and wanted to lay down and be held.

Wednesday March 26, 2019, he was okay, he was able to eat, in fact he was very hungry and ate like a champ. He followed me around the house and watched me do the normal and was aware of what was going on, still not much energy but moving freely on his own. Still, he had flop ear and we were concerned it was not being addressed.

Thursday March 27, 2019, I woke up to him with his bed drenched in pee, he had thrown up on himself and obviously very embarrassed. He was panting heavier than normal and it was a mere 50 degrees. By 2pm, I found him laying almost dead in the dirt out front, I called both vets in a panic. The animal hospital didn't answer so I took him to his vet of 5 years (the ones I was upset with for not properly treating his ear the 1st and 2nd times).

They informed me his insulin was elevated but not concerning and they told me he had a fever and pneumonia.

I informed them he was diagnosed by another hospital with the diabetes and she bad mouthed the other vet.

She gave me the option to take him home with me at night and bring him back for the next 3 days to stay with them to get care from 8-5 and intervenes antibiotics to get him healthy or she said but by no means recommended, pushed or seemed concerned with me taking him to the well known, Animal Hospital down the hill. If she would have encouraged it, I would have taken him there without hesitation.

So, she sent me home with my sick dog, I tried asking her about feeding him, medications to give him at home for the night, his insulin dosage, etc.... and she because stand off-ish with me.

She did mention there could be several different underlying issues and preludes there might be a mass on his stomach or chest and but wouldn't tell me anything else.

I arrived at 8:20am the next morning, she kinda chewed me out for being 20 minutes late, but moving a sick dog, who now was only 72lbs - he lost almost 40lbs in a matter of weeks, was not very easy, plus I spent the entire night up with him because he could barely breath or move. I put humidifiers on him, I got him up every few hours to walk outside to pee and get circulation, and I just lay on the ground with him to let him know I was there for him and he was my angel and that I would make sure he was getting cared for.

When I left him at the vet, I again tried to ask her about underlying issues that she toyed with the previous day, I asked about what his blood work said, x-rays said, and she again was evasive. She said she was waiting for a call from Hawaii (that call would turn out to be the benefactor who paid his final death bill).

At about 3pm that afternoon, I received a call from the vet, I was thinking they were calling to update me on how he was doing or letting me know I could pick him up early, NO THAT WAS NOT WHAT HAPPENED.

THEY CALLED TO TELL ME HE WAS DEAD!!!
THAT THEY FOUND HIM DEAD 2 HOURS EARLIER, IN HIS CAGE, ALONE.

My baby was dead and he died alone and scared in a small cage and no one noticed for hours and no one contacted me for several more hours.

I didn't get to tell him goodbye.

I was empty and told to come say goodbye to his dead body.
We got there and told her we wanted an autopsy and she basically told us no.

She told us she already had someone pay for his death expenses.
We asked up the underlying issues that might have been a factor, about his blood work (she never did any one him), we asked about the possible mass, we asked about everything - the vet became snippy and told us he died of p

1 Dominick M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Rather than protecting these abused Animals The Animal Legal Defense Fund would rather accumulate headlines to recieve more donations. They settled their lawsuit not once, but TWICE with the Cricket Hollow Zoo who the USDA found the zoo abused Animals and kept them in Deplorable conditions The USDA gave the Zoo violations 2010... 2011... 2012... 2013... 2014... 2015... 2016 BUT ALFD chose to "Settle" with them
http://www.wildlifeplanet.net/the-aldfs-failure-at-cricket-hollow-zoo.html

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited ALDF 5 years ago, and met staff who were intelligent & committed to fighting animal abuse by use of the legal system. We supported them on a wildlife project & saw ALDF gets results. A GREAT org!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of this organization for many years. They provide a vital service for animal rights: ALDF changes the legal landscape for the benefit of animals. Some organizations help with bringing issues to the public, and some charities are grassroots rescue and response. This organization helps to change the laws to protect animals and prosecute abusers, pushing back against the myriad of animal atrocities.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Ivan and I am 10 years old and I am looking for a baby Yorky

6 Steffanie G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Obviously by the many positive posts ALDF and they fight for animal rights and welfare. It boogles my mind why they teamed up with BigCat Rescue and WildCat Sanctuary to ban hybrid cats in varies states. If they are concerned for animals rights, why would they work in tangent with either of these sanctuaries? BCR feeds live domesticated rabbits to bobcats they are being rehabilitating to release into the wild. This is not necessary, and most rrehabilitation wildlife center choose not to use live prey. Not to mention that horses were being abused right next door and nobody at BCR reported this to any animal welfare agencies. Both BCR and WCDS have been charged with animal neglect and enclosure violations, and accused of using donations for their personal use. The founder of WCS used donations to take her husband sky diving and bought sexy underwear, also took her family on vacation. Does this sound like agencies concerned about animal welfare?

This petition that these welfare agencies are proposing is basically to confiscate all early generation hybrid cats under third generation. Either these cats will be euthanized or taken to sanctuaries to live out their lives with lions, tigers, and other wild animals. It does not matter that these cats are beloved pets, and are well cared for by their owners. Mind you, these cats were purchased, adopted or rescued legally and these animal welfare want to retroactively make them illegal. If you do not have papers on your hybrid, such as you found one and opened your home to one of these cats, it will be taken and euthanized.

This is not animal welfare, but genocide of a cat breed! This petition is based on lies, propaganda, and hate for these cats! These are house cats and have the same type of problems that other cats have. The only difference, is they are more active and smarter. I think it is disgusting to villianize not only hybrid breeds, but responsible owners and breeders! I think that in this issue they are wrong and morally disguesting and it sickens me that this group can say they love and are concerned for animals while working with sanctuaries that are unethical, and support a ban that will lead to massive killings of this breed! Shame on you!

6 HPlainsD

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been thoroughly impressed with this organization and their commitment to animal rights and laws. They take on the small and the large with only the welfare of animals in mind. They are one of the leading organizations at the forefront of animal activism and advocacy.

6 Stephanie160

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization fights for the rights of animals in our legal system. I've not worked with more passionate individuals, hands down. I'm very grateful that a team of dedicated professionals is looking after those who do not have a voice.

15

Client Served

Rating: 5

A dog in our community had been horribly mutilated and abused. I called ALDF when I heard the dog was possibly going to be returned to the family of the person who had abused it. They immediately responded and helped me put pressure on our prosecuting attorney to press charges against the abuser and gave me advice on how to legally proceed to permanently prevent the dog from having to be returned to the abuser's family. I am happy to report that the dog is doing very well now THANKS to the ALDF and their fast response!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

On 7/27/2014, I ran the San Francisco Worth-The-Hurt 52.4 mile double marathon and raised over $10,000 for this group of angels. That's how much I believe in what they do.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donate to a lot of different non-profits but I donate most to ALDF because they talk the talk and walk the walk. All of their employees are vegan ... they live for their work to help animals from abuse and suffering. There's no organization out there like them ... battling for animals a case at a time in the courtroom.

4 Jerri G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became a vegan a year and a half ago as a show of compassion for animals. This organization educates the public and prosecutes capos.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALDF works long and hard to change laws and views on how animals are treated. Without their tireless work there wouldn't be much in the legal protection for animals.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unless animal rights are legally recognised most efforts to protect their welfare will have limited impact. Securing legal rights globally and ensuring they are adhered to is so critical.

4 Uma B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal legal defence fund does excellent work. Working on our laws is the very fundamental. Great work done. Absolutely nothing to add that they don't already do.

3 Gina56

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ALDF is truly on the cutting edge of animal protection litigation. The organization's dedicated team devises creative and effective strategies to advance protections for animals, and doesn't shy away from going after the industry giants that perpetrate some of the worst animal abuse.

5

Advisor

Rating: 5

There are obviously a great number of animal-welfare related non-profits that I could become associated with, but Animal Legal Defense Fund is the one I chose. I've been a donor, a volunteer, a Board member and now an Advisory Board member for this organization because I have been, and remain, so impressed with the ALDF staff and their work-ethic, their vision and their focus on helping animals through the court system. As an attorney, I know how important the legal battles are that ALDF has taken on from factory farming, to animal abuse and roadside zoos, and also how effective they have been in alleviating animal suffering and challenging the laws protecting abusers.

Sunny MacLachlan

2 Lisa377

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does not just send out sensational pictures, but informs the public about accurate Rights and regulations. Knowing that there is an organization that truly fights for the Rights of Animals in the Courts is assuring and influences me to want to use my own voice more for this cause.
There was a situation recently, that a friend requested my help to remove a FB page that was showing animal abuse in the form of humour. I felt that just removing this page was not enough, but finding out who was actually responsible for the images and the actual acts. I contacted Animal Legal Defense for some advice on what could possibly be done, which was not much, outside the Courts, but......they listened and supported my concerns. The abusers need to be brought to the Courts, and the Laws changed, so WE as the Public can be made aware and help make this World a better place for ALL the living!

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve on the Advisory Council of ALDF. I chose to do so because I think this organization is one of the most effective national organizations with respect to animal welfare issues. ALDF is well informed and remains updated on all current issues and has the knowledge, resources and commitment to deal with these issues in a professional manner. All of this converts to a great advocacy organization for animal welfare. It truly is a “great non-profit”.

3 Anita28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do right by animals and are pushing for stricter laws regarding abuse. I can think of nothing more worthwhile than to be a voice for the voiceless.

1 Linda290

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You do Great work....animals have no voice...they need ours...and our protection...Thank you for all you do...

3 Sarah196

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everyone connected with ALDF is committed to fulfillment of ALDF's mission to protect the lives and advancing the interests of all animals within our legal system - the only way we will ever achieve a legal system where animals are considered as beings who are owed a duty of care and not mere lifeless things. Having been involved with ALDF from just about its start, I am proud of ALDF's amazing strategic successes. I have seen us establish the field of animal law, always do high quality litigation, provide top-notch help to law enforcement in address animal cruelty, encouraging useful and effective legislation, and do effective educational campaigns on animals in distress. I have never wavered in my devotion to ALDF, and thank ALDF for giving me a life's purpose to contribute in such a meaningful way to this important work that I have always found so well explained by our long-standing Animal Bill of Rights.

2 Dave63

Advisor

Rating: 5

Legal work is a critical element of animal advocacy, and this wonderful organization provides first-rate legal support for animal causes and animals in need. ALDF has brought dozens of important, much-needed legal challenges that have helped make the world a better place for both people and animals. It's the only group that makes legal advocacy for animals its sole purpose, and for that reason, it fills a key role in the animal protection movement.

1 Laura205

Donor

Rating: 4

I'm very satisfied with and grateful for the work ALDF does to bring many of the injustices against animals to light, and then actually take concrete action to potentially prevent future injustices through legislation. I only wish they had unlimited resources and capacity to help meet the seemingly endless needs in the arena of animal protections. Thank you for all that you do, ALDF, please keep it up.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

With a mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system, ALDF is doing just that in a focused and successful manner. I first became involved with ALDF when they were working to free over 300 dogs from unthinkable circumstances on a hoarder property. These innocent suffering animals would have had no "voices" if it had not been for ALDF taking the Woodleys to court. Thanks to ALDF the dogs were removed from the property during the 2 year trial, which they won! My dog Ben is one of those hundreds of dogs that was given a life to live thanks to the important work of ALDF. He so enjoys his freedom, grass under his paws and lots of belly rubs.

ALDF is extremely effective in protecting animals and spreading animal law across the country. This organization is playing a significant role in the animal rights movement. Definitely a 5 star organization!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for doing this incredible, compassionate work! You are so appreciated. Keep up the positive work towards much needed change! ...and for helping to save animals lives!

Sandra72

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We respect and appreciate all the dedicated folks of Animal Legal Defense Fund who work daily to protect animals. Thank you for all you do.

3 Debbie133

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in the state where Tony the Tiger is held as a roadside attraction just off of the interstate where he has inhaled gasoline fumes for over a decade. ALDF has fought valiantly for Tony. Even though state legislation failed to pass that would release Tony to a sanctuary, ALDF hasn't given up and is still fighting for Tony and other animals in my state. Even better, they fight for all animals everywhere!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

ALDF is out there taking on the law that is now so unfavorable to animal welfare and making it take a look at itself! They're fighting from the inside to make a difference. I know their lawyers hardly earn what they could if they worked for a commercial entity. But they make the sacrifice to figjt for and be the voice of those who cannot be heard. I make a monthly contribution to ALDF because they are making this difference for animals!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We need more organizations that fightto protect not only domestic animals but wild
animals as well. If we do not do more protecting of our pets..of the wild and animals that are cared and loved for food...even though we may eat meat this is not an excuse to
abuse..they must be loved..given fields and companionship
and put to sleep with care. Animal Abuse IS Child
Abuse and we must get the same penalties. This organization truly loves all animals and wants
to protect them. Thank you please continue doing the wonderful work you do.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that uses legal skills to help all animals.

2 Diane118

Donor

Rating: 5

Animals deserve to be treated humanely and with respect...The Animal Legal Defense Fund fights the good fight to ensure that for all animals.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization takes on important cases. Uses my donations properly

3 14mlf

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal Legal Defense Fund is an outstanding group who stand up for animals when they are "wronged".
They are probably the only lawyers in the world who represent "innocent" clients....I fully support their work every chance I get.

4 Boudicca R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ALDF are absolutely and utterly amazing. Having both a grass-roots and a strategic focus means that they operate at all levels in their uncompromised focus to save animals from harm. Over time, I've come to know two of their members personally and I can tell you that their focus does not change when they operate in their personal capacity. I highly recommend ALDF - they are not just a great non-profit but an outstanding one and one which is making real, significant and long-lasting changes in our world.

3 Charlsye L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I support ALDF because as a former Chairperson of the Fort Worth Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, I have seen firsthand the atrocities committed against animals in our city. We need groups like ALDF to fight and take action on behalf of animals everywhere.

4 Rachel119

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at Animal Legal Defense Fund has been one I will remember forever. My worldview has changed on the treatment of animals and I feel more passionate than ever to go out and help. ALDF works their hardest every single day to stop the cruelty towards animals and is always positive in many not so positive situations. ALDF should be recognized more in my opinion, because by working through the legal system, they are able to implement life long changes for animal rights. They are an incredible organization and I would highly suggest donating or volunteering for this wonderful non-profit.

2 Lori92

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful organization and should have a stronger presence in the world of animal rights! They do fantastic work and are silent angels!

Thanks to all of you for the work you do in the name of all the animals who do not have a voice!

God Bless!

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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jacie A, who wrote about ALDF said she researched many nonprofits to figure out where to donate. I've tried checking out many myself. Good to hear her statement. Will consider ALDF safe until I hear otherwise. I also just signed up to become a member to Great Nonprofits page.

4 Loosly

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been writing a pet column in newspapers for 35 years and The Animal Legal Defense Fund is the most important organization for the present and the future. We must have animal advocates in every town, city and state. Humane Officers are the first source to help animals on the scene immediately, but then comes the court case. The precedents set in court are going to help animals in the future and will send a messages to those who are cruel or negligent, that the people of The United States value other species . Criminals will be held accountable.

4 Tina D.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with ALDF is as a donor, though I have met personally a few of the folks that work at this organization and I keep in touch with them via Facebook and email. I also follow the cases they are working on through Facebook and email, as well.

In my experience, I have found the people who work for ALDF to be the ultimate animal rights advocates. They work tirelessly to protect the innocent animals who have no voice in our legal system. They deal with the most horrifying cases and continue to fight, day after day. I appreciate what they do so much because they do what I cannot. Sometimes I can't even read the details of the cases because they are so horrifying, and yet the folks at ALDF somehow manage to deal with the horrific nature of these cases. I admire them, I applaud them, and that's why I support them.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animals of all species are lucky to have such a passionate and dedicated group working for the recognition and protection of their interests.

1 Elizabeth59

Donor

Rating: 5

For more than 30 years, ALDF has been defending animals who have been subjected to abuse and cruelty through the legal system. Although animals are considered property in many jursidictions, ALDF recognizes and educates others about the need to establish laws to protect these sentinent beings who cannot speak for themselves. Unfortunately, "property" means easily disposible, and "do with it what you will." The result of that thinking for some is tragic for animals. ALDF now has a new mobile "Crime Tips" app, which allows folks to report crimes against animals from Iphones and Androids.

I own and operate a professional pet sitting service, and know there are many great animal groups to support. However, ALDF is at the top of my list.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I make a monthly contribution to this organization because of their effectiveness in the courts towards humane treatment of animals. They are the "ACLU" of animals.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate ALDF's effort in improving the laws toward animals protection and animal well-being. In the battle against such a widespread, deep-rooted and systemic problem, the legal system is one of the most important targets for real and lasting change.

3 Jacie A.

Donor

Rating: 5

After researching many nonprofits to figure out where I'd like to donate to, I found this honest organization that truly cares about animals and uses it's money to make a meaningful impact. They focus on law for animals- what better way to keep terrible situations from happening again? They get great ratings online for how they are truly a not-for-profit.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I would like to commend the Animal Legal Defense Fund, my favorite animal charity, for the many wonderful things they have accomplished in the animal world. I am and have been a proud donor for many years beginning when I first learned of what separated them from the rest - they are successfully changing the world one case at a time via the law. Back some time ago when suddenly everyone was jumping on the animal rights bandwagon because it was "chic" to do so and following that "other" charity, I had already been committed to this group and stuck with this one for good reason. While I respect their passion, I often disagree with other well-known groups tactics and will not support violence in the name of helping animals as it is detrimental to the cause. I will share the public relations speech I often still give (free of charge, of course!) when discussing the ALDF in comparison to other animal rights groups: "There is no justice for animals when people attack people in the name of that cause. That only creates hatred for animal rights supporters and nobody wins - least of all the animals. Instead, groups such as the ADLF don't go around practicing guerilla warfare on people who choose to wear fur and attack them with buckets of red paint. Instead they fight with the pen vs the sword - they forge ahead conservatively but with steadfast ambition to right the wrongs of this society and the way our animals are treated by making it illegal to do so. By helping pass legistlature and consistently fight the court battles against animal abuse, they are making the deplorable acts against animals by humans illegal and only then can such acts be punished. By giving me the opportunity to volunteer in their criminal law division, I often lend a hand by writing letters to judges and prosecutors in support of those cases brought before the courts which are vital to win and set a precedent for animal laws going forward. As Gandi once said 'the moral fiber of a nation is judged by the way their animals are treated'." I proudly congratulate my favorite charity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, for working toward making our nation one that Gandi would be truly proud of.

1 Karen173

Donor

Rating: 5

ALDF looks out for and defends ALL animals who cannot speak for themselves.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I read everytime their special work to protect the life of the animals, to educate people in that way

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I donate as much as I can to this charity. I believe in and admire the work they do. God bless these angels helping and giving a voice to the animals that can't speak fot themselves. They think and feel and are precious and should be protected at all costs!!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization works hard with too little funds to get at the root of making change: the legal system. They are worth every penny. The law needs to enforce and support change for animal welfare. Please join me in supporting them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the weakest and most-needed areas of animal advocacy is the law. ALDF is on the forefront of this, fighting for the fair and humane treatment of animals and they are awesome. So grateful for them! Please support them financially so they can keep up (and expand) the good work!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is inspiring as it speaks for those without voices, animals. Everyday they are impacting society by fighting for animal's rights by banning unethical actions or practices that involve suffering. They have been my inspiration for many years and it is because of them that I wish to practice in the Animal Law field.

1 Priscilla7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I will begin law school, with a specialization in Animal Law, partly due to ALDF's resources, their commitment to animal protection within the legal framework, and knowing I have such a supportive group during my studies and once I become an attorney. ALDF has been one of my biggest inspirations for the last six years and they continue to take on new challenges, overcome obstacles, and do what many believe cannot be done. Plus, I've had the pleasure of meeting many of ALDF's employees and its founders; they're hilarious, motivating, personable, and well-versed on what they speak about.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've donated to this organization for many years and they do wonderful work. I'm happy with their rating on Charity Navigator and happy to see that the CEO's pay is within reason. They hold animal abusers accountable for their actions and work on behalf of animals to bring those who would harm the innocent to justice. So grateful for their work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

ALDF takes up everyday causes on behalf of suffering animals, from companion pets to animals in laboratories. They do a fantastic job representing the best interests of animals everywhere.

1 nefernina

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity fights for those who cannot fight for themselves - animals. They use their legal expertise to fight for animals like Tony the Truck Stop tiger, whose owner refuses to obey the law and give him to an accredited sanctuary where he could have much more room, better food, better health, and enrichment. They are reasonable, intelligent, and kind, even as they stubbornly fight. This is an animal charity you can contribute to with confidence.

1 Dee D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the most important ways to make a strong impact on behalf of animals and their welfare is through the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is an extraordinary organization who fight for the rights of animals. ALDF is dedicated to bringing justice to animals by ensuring laws to protect them are enforced, and those who exploit and abuse animals are held accountable for their actions. We have a responsibility to protect those who truly have no voice – animals are innocent beings who deserve our advocacy. I am very appreciative for the ALDF and the tremendous work they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always loved The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mantra “"We May Be The Only Lawyers On Earth Whose Clients Are All Innocent." It is so important to be a voice for those who have none – our animal friends who truly are innocent – and ALDF has proven repeatedly their commitment and dedication to helping animals in all situations whether it be a bear named Ben in a roadside zoo, a tiger named Tony at a Louisiana truck stop, the horrific puppy mill trade, sickening foie gras industry and countless other issues. Their work is critical to the welfare and lives of animals and I am thankful for this wonderful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We hear horror stories everyday about animals being abused, tortured, slaughtered, starved, and we weep and try to help as best we can as donors. It is the ALDF, though, that goes after the perpetrators of these atrocities and this group is the only legal group i know that can fight for our animals in court and know the legislation governing the crime. I hope it grows and grows. I have a dear friend, a litigation attorney, who will retire in two years and will seek to join this group of fighters for those who have no voice. ALDF is in my modest will along with a few other animal groups. Think about supporting it now and including it in your will.

2 Jacy L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I particularly love this non-profit because they embrace both grassroots initiatives and advocacy on large scale to promote humane treatment of animals. If it were not for the Animal Legal Defense Fund I would know little of what I consider to be great atrocities of a progressive and civilized society. As someone from Kentucky who loves horses and lov(ed) the tradition of a day at the racetrack, I appreciated the ALDF sharing information on abuse and deaths at tracks, giving myself and others a broader perspective of the problems of the industry. As someone who works to promote health and nutrition, I appreciate the information that comes out on treatment of animals by food industry. ALDF is the only organization with a respectable voice in the treatment of animals. They make Americans stop and consider the humanity of our society from the lens of beautiful creatures God created and entrusted us to care for.

1 Pierre C.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I saw and cats head cut off on face book. Lets take care of this a before this gets out of hand. They must understand this is not the end of a joke, its a life. lets put they there. See how they like it. Lets change laws no bullshit about lets do it. This is the beinging to stopping schools kilings and ideas. IT all starts with cats dogs ects. belived me I grew up in a killing neg. I am ready to die for what i belived in. call me at 631-929-6929

Pierrre Callace

lets take the face book cat killer doen now

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Helping those who can't help themselves! Well done!

1 Taraneh

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Using the law to give voice to those who have none.

1 Bonnie33

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ALDF helps bring justice to those who abuse, torture, or kill animals. We as a society need to send a clear message that abuse in any form will not be tolerated.