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Colorado Voters For Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: Our mission is to protect animals through public policy and to support candidates who are committed to animal protection.

Results: Colorado Voters for Animals has helped to pass several pieces of legislation that improve animal welfare such as stronger anti-cruelty laws, rescuing in distressed animals from locked cars, making it a crime to injure, hide or kill an animal belonging to someone under a court protective order and other animal welfare laws.

Target demographics: All animals

Geographic areas served: Our mission is to protect animals through public policy and to support candidates who are committed to animal protection.

Programs: Identifying and supporting animal-friendly candidates in Colorado, and using public advocacy to advance animal welfare.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Hard working, dedicated people working on behalf of animals both inside and outside the state capital.

PottoCUdenver

Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with CVA to conduct and complete a client-based project in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Public Administration for the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. This project aimed to help Colorado Voters for Animals in their efforts to design and introduce humane legislation that protects animals in the state of Colorado and understand where voters receive election information so they can better educate the public about animal welfare issues and promote pro-animal welfare candidates.

Colorado Voters for Animals lives up to their mission by advocating for and protecting all animals across the state of Colorado, both wild and domestic, by identifying and helping elect animal-friendly political candidates, working with lawmakers to pass sensible animal welfare laws through the use of candidate surveys, published scorecards ranking how individual legislators stand on animal welfare issues, giving testimony at legislative hearings on animal-related bills and collaborating with legislators to design legislation that seeks to improve animal welfare.

In addition, Colorado Voter for Animals is one of five sponsors who facilitate the Colorado Legislators for Animal Welfare Caucus (CLAW) which features a variety of speakers and topics to better educate legislators and the public about animal issues both in Colorado and on a federal level.

I would enthusiastically work with Colorado Voters for Animals again if given the opportunity to do so and am proud to support a nonprofit like CVA who advocate for those who do not have a voice.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is doing a great job of protecting all animals. This includes domestic and farm animals and our wildlife. Many groups believe wildlife is doing just fine and it's not--CVA cares about wildlife issue too. Wildlife and wild places are my passion and and I really appreciate that

Amy H.12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Colorado resident who cares about the treatment of all animals, I have found CVA to be a great resource. Their work with our state legal representatives, sending out the surveys, documenting the responses on their positions and in the end how they voted for animal related legislation is very helpful.
I'm also a long time (20 yr) volunteer at the Dumb Friends League and I see how our ability to help the animals is impacted by good and bad laws.
CVA provides a much needed service by working with the legal community to ensure legislation is animal friendly and/or improves animal welfare.

Jenn G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been able to see first hand the impact this organization has had on animal welfare. The tireless commitment to promoting the humane treatment of animals makes this organization a valuable and necessary component to further animal protection.

Ida M. T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so blessed to get to do a CAPSTONE research project for this organization for my Master's in Public Administration. I've known about CVA since the early 2000s, but working the project showed me all the legislative efforts this group has proposed and advocated for over the years. Under the capable leadership of Roland Halpern and the Board of Directors, the group has an excellent reputation at our State Capitol and legislators of all persuasions are listening to animals' voices. Professionalism is UBER IMPORTANT in order for a nonprofit to gain buy-in from various stakeholders they seek to influence. With a stellar reputation, CVA has helped increase protections for animals in Colorado by helping the public become aware and by encouraging legislators to sponsor legislation designed to help animals. I give monthly to this group because I KNOW that legal protections are the only real way to make changes in our society (when it comes to animals). So I want CVA out there on the front lines and keeping me aware each session of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to public policy for animals. I know my money is going to an organization that needs it, will use it wisely, and will make the lives of animals BETTER!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife Julia began volunteering with CVA a few years ago. I have attended both fundraising events and friend raising events since that time, and followed several projects that she has been involved with. This organization is professional, caring and strategic. They are able to successfully work across party lines to get important laws passed for animals. Our cat Butters also supports this group. Dave K

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Colorado Voters for Animals (CVA) is the real deal. The organization, led by executive director and legislative expert, Roland Halpern, works tirelessly to improve the living conditions of animals--both domestic and exotic--in Colorado. There is no doubt that many animals, past, present and certainly in the future have and will benefit from CVA's work. It is a worthy organization to be involved with for those who want to make a positive difference in the lives of animals in Colorado. Kent Drotar, Director of Public Relations, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Keenesburg, Colorado

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We worked with this organization on a bill to ban circus use of exotic animals in the State. We found them to be extremely knowledgeable about the process, really had their fingers on the pulse of the various legislators, and very effectively shepherded the bill through, including overcoming serious efforts to significantly dilute it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a private practice attorney who works at an international law firm, I deal with all kinds of people, organizations and municipalities. Working on behalf of the Colorado Voters for Animals has been among my most rewarding experiences while in practice. Not only is the organization and its leadership team (cough - Roland Halpern - cough) professional, their attention to detail, care for their work, and general advocacy is as thorough and competent as any of my "day job" clients. I thank Roland and his team for providing me with an opportunity to assist in their work and I look forward to staying involved as their many campaigns gain further momentum.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Colorado Voters For Animals is an amazing organization and is working diligently for the welfare of animals. I've reached out to them on several occasions for information and assistance and they have always kindly responded. I'm happy to support this organization.

Debra L. T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so happy to discover the CVA organization! I felt all alone when contacting Legislators regarding animal Bills. Now I am part of a group to help all animals! Power in numbers!

Donor

Rating: 5

Very happy to support this wonderful organization. They are working at the legislative level to help as many animals as possible by changing laws to improve animal welfare in all areas (farming, wildlife, domestic companions, performing animals, etc).

1 Elaine B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CVA is a great organization with amazing dedication to animal welfare and educating the public.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is absolutely wonderful! Their advocacy for animals is unmatched -- they've been there every time when we needed them most.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retired animal law attorney and I have worked with many groups. In my opinion, Colorado Voters for Animals is the most effective animal advocacy group in the state. They have a good relationship with legislators, nonprofits and the public. CVA has the ability to explain complicated legislation to the public in understandable terms

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved in animal legislation for 30 years. During this period I have come to know and work with Colorado Voters for Animals. This organization is terrific! They are on good terms with legislators and attorneys in the field. For me, they have been the source of up to date information on bills and on the long term implications of animal legislation. It is important to have integrity and this organization has it!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Colorado Voters for Animals is a terrific organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great non profit who does amazing things for animal welfare.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is. A fabulous organization! It is run by very intelligent and well connected individuals who know how to get the job done

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Colorado Voters For Animals behind the scenes these last six months as their event planner. Their dedication and passion for being a voice for animals is inspiring. Then watching them put their words into action and take steps to fight to improve animal welfare, work with stakeholders to reach consensus on advancing animal welfare makes this an incredible Non-Profit!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In all my interactions with Colorado Voters for Animals, I have found a deep commitment by this organization and its leadership to the necessary work that non-profits can accomplish when working in an ethical, effective way. CVA is such a non-profit and I am happy to be a supporter of their work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about Colorado Voters for animals for some years and although I am not an active member I am a financial contributor, and also have attended some of their liaison sessions with legislators. CVA does an admirable job working with Colorado legislators focusing on animal welfare issues whether if pertains to domestic animals, farm animals or State wildlife.
A bill endorsed by CVA, strengthening animal cruelty laws which prohibits individuals convicted of animal cruelty to have contact with another animal for a specified period of time and require those individuals to submit to mental health treatment programs, was signed into law by our current Governor. Another bill CVA was involved with was to oppose a "raffle" for licenses to hunt and kill certain native Colorado animals. The bill was eventually withdrawn due to overwhelming opposition.
CVA has also been involved with sponsoring its Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus (CLAW) which helps bring together animal-friendly legislators, animal agencies and the public to speak about and understand topics regarding animal welfare in Colorado.
Stephen Canges

Janice S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched CVA grow over the past several years to a point where I can say with confidence that it is now an essential force for animal welfare at the State Capitol--sought out by legislators who are interested in passing solid animal protection laws and respected by the governor and first gentleman for its commitment to helping wildlife, farm animals and domestic pets from harm. CVA deserves my ongoing support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I testified for HB 1092--regarding the prohibiting of convicted animal abusers from owning pets, and was warmly received by all CVA and legislators. Although my story was traumatic, it illustrated "The Link" between the escalation of violence in people who begin down the path of cruelty by mistreating innocent animals.

I congratulate Colorado Voters for Animals for their steadfast, powerful advocacy for the vulnerable--both animals and people. The organization is gathering crucial steam in its messaging to the Colorado State Legislature. Coloradans like me want our pets, wildlife, and domestic farm animals to be treated with compassion, respect, and kindness.

Colorado Voters for Animals is at the forefront of making humane treatment of all creatures a focus of important law creation. I support them wholeheartedly!

Julia A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is very effective! I have seen them in action- they are dedicated, clear in their mission, and completely committed to animal protection through our democratic process of VOTING! To that end, they educate, inspire and offer effective action steps for citizens to reach out to legislators to promote and vote for animal welfare causes on many fronts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a Colorado legislator for ten years, eight as a State Representative and two as a Senator. I always found Colorado Voters for Animals (CVA) to be supportive and effective when legislators like me wanted to go out on a limb to improve the lives of animals in Colorado. CVA was not only a valuable source of policy knowledge, but also tremendously helpful when it came to building coalitions in support of animal welfare. I consider CVA to be one of the very best advocacy groups in Colorado, and well worth supporting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Colorado is lucky to have this organization! Through their CLAW Caucus, educational materials, information booths at events, and work with lawmakers, they are making a big difference in public awareness and animal-related legislation.

1 Michelle D.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CVA is an strategic animal advocacy organization with the structure, skills, volunteer base and political acumen to get an animal protection item from a concept to legislation. Within a year of contacting CVA with a wild and exotic animal protection concept along with draft legislation, CVA committed to advocating for this issue. CVA developed educational information, hosted information booths at festivals, informed legislators and have obtained legislator commitments to introduce the bill in 2020.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CVA really cares! Roland and his team of volunteers support the mission to help protect animals through public policy and to support candidates who are committed to animal protection. I'm so proud to have volunteered with this group and can't wait to help again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CVA is great about informing me of upcoming legislation regarding animal rights in Colorado and how to best communicate with our legislators on getting the right laws in place to protect animals. They are proactive, well-organized and really do make a difference for animals in our state. They also have a great presence at many events in Colorado and do a great job making more people aware of how we can improve the lives of animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have attended a couple of CLAW caucus meetings organized by CVA and volunteered at one of their booths. CVA tracks legislation affecting animals and educates voters re: such legislation.

1 Cheryl S.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CVA works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals in Colorado. They are well respected at the Capitol and have been involved in many animal-related legislative issues. They create a legislative score card for Colorado legislators. Also,they attend many festivals and educate people about the issues. Their influence continues to grow every year. They are truly a watch-dog for Colorado animals!

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Donor

Rating: 5

CVA is an amazing nonprofit organization that relentlessly fights for the animals and wildlife in Colorado. CVA works with legislators on issues pertaining to wildlife and animal welfare protection. CVA educates the public on issues that affect animals. Their compassion and focus is always about the animals and wildlife. I support them whole heartily. I look forward to their next legislature success in helping the animals and wildlife.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CVA is an organization I'm proud to support. Their work to bring animal welfare issues to the public and legislators is remarkable and very needed in Colorado. They work behind the scenes to get legislation presented and passed for all animals with a credible voice. Thank you, CVA!

1 Liz S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization! They are absolutely invaluable when it comes to voting for the right candidate. Helping animals requires changing laws and CVA is on the frontline making this happen!

1 Marilyn G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this amazing organization. They make voting easy by doing all the homework for me. Protecting animals is very important to me and CVA notifies me when my local legislators will be voting on important animal related issues so I can call and ask them to oppose or support. Love the ballot buddy they send out prior to elections that grade my local legislators on how they voted on key animal issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Colorado Voters for Animals is a wonderful organization of compassionate people who work tirelessly to help get elected lawmakers who share the public desire for a cruelty-free and pain-free Colorado for animals.

They are a hardworking, ethical group of people whose eyes are open to horrible atrocities happening out of sight in barns, farms, garages, our beautiful forests and state. Thank goodness they are there to know the terrible things that are done to animals and to campaign to elect officials who share the average citizen's desire that laws be passed to protect animals and have them treated with compassion and thoughtfulness. CVA is behind some great progress on our legislative front.

1 lenadarling

Board Member

Rating: 5

Colorado Voters for Animals dedicates every effort towards animal welfare and has made tremendous contributions on the legislative level. This organization is comprised of sincere and exemplary individuals who have developed an arena for the public to have a voice, for their voices to be heard and to make a purposeful difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group to help educate voters on which state legislators are good with animal welfare issues. They put out a yearly “Scorecard” to show how each legislator voted on bills that had animal welfare included in them. They also hold monthly meetings during the legislative session with speakers on animal welfare subjects that both the legislators and the public attend. Interaction between legislators and members of the public who are animal welfare advocates is very helpful in getting animal protections in our state.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Volunteering at various events, attending CLAW Caucus at the state capitol, fundraising, assisting at tabling events, participating in strategy planning and lobbying.

I was excited to find and participate with this non-profit. We have been successful in encouraging, assisting, and donating to bi-partisan animal friendly politicians who in turn, have written legislation that: has allowed citizens to break into vehicles when weather threatens a child or an animal; outlawed the declawing of cats; provided the same protections for police horses as dogs; joined numerous other organizations that have forced the withdrawal of trophy hunting bills; and much more.

CVA is growing in size and influence in our state and maintains a respected position in our government as a powerful advocate for animals, including pets, farm, entertainment, wildlife, birds, and exotics. I will continue to serve animals through this viable, organized, and well-meaning non-profit.

I am proud to have followed my volunteer activities with now serving on the Board. I feel my 30 years experience in professional animal behavior/training/humane education/ and authorship is being utilized well.