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In Defense of Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Founded in 1983 by veterinarian Dr. Elliot M. Katz, IDA is a national, nonprofit organization with a distinguished record for its dedication to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals by defending their rights, welfare and habitat. IDA has fought tirelessly to elevate the status of animals beyond that of mere property and to educate the public that animals are individuals with needs and interests of their own, not mere commodities to be bought, sold, and discarded at an “owner’s” whim. IDA operates the Project Hope sanctuary in rural Mississippi as well as the Chimpanzee Rescue Sanctuary of Cameroon in Africa.  Committed to educating the public, working with grassroots groups and initiating litigation, research and investigations, IDA is on the cutting edge of animal protection.  Now, more than ever, IDA is a force for desperately needed change.

Programs: IDA's programs include campaigns to stop animal testing in both medical and product testing; a campaign to end the use of fur in fashion; a campaign to stop the use of animals in circuses; and miscellaneous programs focusing on the use of animals for food, clothing and entertainment. We sponsor national Fur Free Friday activities, the Primate Freedom Tour, and World Week for Animals in Labs Day.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

There are two major "red flags" in the positive, 5 star reviews which suggest they are paid or company reviewers for IDA. First look at the dates they are posted. They are posted with the same two days in 2010. Then, look at the dates of the negative reviews, which I believe are actually legitimate. Secondly, the language of all the positive reviews is similar. They are well written, with no grammatical or spelling errors. Public reviews are simply never so homogeneous. Please consider giving to your local community animal groups instead.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IDA is a leader when it comes to helping the voiceless, whether it be for bobcats, wolves, bears, or fur trade or any animals without a voice. I am proud to be a part of the volunteer effort for IDA! The name goes together with the goal....they defend the voiceless from harm and in many different ways! The provide literature and media support and even write speeches to be given at CA Legislature! I am so thrilled that they help in rescue in times of crisis. They do outreach education and reach thousands of animal protectors!

7 vegan

Donor

Rating: 1

Anyone considering donating to IDA should definitely read the article that ran Aug, 2012 in the "Animal People" publication. It is very enlightening about what is really going on the inside of IDA that very few really know. I am definitely going to donate elsewhere to a more ethical organization. http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/anp/2012/08/07/california-attorney-general-investigates-transitions-at-in-defense-of-animals/

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

There is no results about what they do!!! that's not a very way to show what you achieved! what did you achieved?

4 Joanne

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

They are nothing but animal extremists looking to make a profit off of the people who donate their hard earned money.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of IDA for 25 years. I recieve information from many animal welfare organizations. In my opinion IDA does to the most effective work of all and without alienating the public. There accomplishments are amazing. One thing I look for in charities is how much the presidents and CEOs make. Dr. Katz receives a very modest amout, especially considering the cost of living in the Bay area. IDA is not the only animal charity that I support, but they are my favorite.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and protesting with IDA since 1987. They are an amazing organization that continues to do great work for animals. It sounds corny but there is no animal too small to be helped by this outstanding group. Dr. Katz had a vision that is ever-expanding, thank you to him!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I lost a good friend in January who loved IDA. Because of her three friends and I have become aware of the good things IDA does. We promised her, Linda Vlahos, that we would sell all her things after she passed away and donate all proceeds to IDA. She cared deeply for all animals and knowing how highly she regarded this charity was all we needed to know.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an animal rights activist. I receive most of the information about cruelty to animals from IDA. They are definitely a top notch nonprofit organization. I can honestly say that they do a lot of good work for the rights of animals and to better animals' lives. They are definitely going to use the resouces they receive and put it to good use.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is on the spot, in the moment and wants to help. I have not only been educated by IDA, but I am sure my money, my phone calls to senators, zoos, and other animal abusers have all helped and led to the success of stopping as many bad people, doing bad things to animals as possible.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

These people are making a real difference and telling us exactly where our money is going to. They just rescued 55 monkeys and a bunch of beagles from an Animal Testing lab and showed us every step of the way what they were doing and we get to feel like we are in on each and every story. They really care and are not so huge that we have no idea where our money is going.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an avid animal rights advocate and rely on other organizations for prompt and important news regarding all these issues. IDA is always updating pertinent topics and they are a caring and selfless organization. ... "They simply do the right thing"

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an animal-rights advocate and am involved in hands-on activism from time-to-time. I mostly enjoy getting the word out to help raise awareness about various issues of abuse and injustice. I became aware of IDA when Scotlund Haisley was appointed president. His impressive reputation as a friend of the animals - on the FRONTLINES with the Humane society - made this a perfect union. I look forward to learning more about IDA as I continue to witness what will surely be groundbreaking events to bring IDA in the forefront of the animal rights movement.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When searching for an animal advocacy group who uses funding most efficiently, IDA was at the top of the list. We learned more about their effectiveness with animal causes as we continued to support this organization through donations and signing petitions. We share IDA with those we love in the form of gift memberships.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Defense of Animals promotes respect for the fellow inhabitants of our planet in many ways, from promoting "Guardianship" instead of "Ownership" of other beings, to actual rescue of animals in need. There is no other organization helping animals like it and I give it my full support, in donations of time and money.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

IDA is fast becoming the Voice for Animals in America. They are quick to take direct action to defend Animals in need and not shy when it comes to tackling issues that others ignore.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed In Defense of Animals (IDA) create a lifeline for all animals in need, through rescue and progressive activism. I've handed out their publications and written letters for them for twenty years. I think of IDA as "the animal protection group that quietly dared to go where no other else has; they are able to create change without the fanfare and publicity other animal rights organizations do. (I have often thought that they do so in order for IDA's finances to be used only for necessities and the animals themselves.) With our changing landscape due to the internet and social networks, I see them truly coming in to their own. IDA is unique in its abilities, integrity, and remains a humble organization, one that I am proud to support.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity This charity does amazing work. They work very hard to protect and save animals and have made great strides in animal rights. They have saved a lot of animals and will continue to do so. I support them, and I hope that more will continue to do so. The most recent I have seen are the monkey saved from lab testing. I strongly believe that these monkeys would have died in these labs had they not stepped in and taken them.

1 sylonis

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IDA is an amazing group of people dedicated to the plight of abused, misused, captive, and discarded animals everywhere. Their dedicated staff is easy to work with and they are always professional yet friendly and have the answers for the general public when asked. IDA is truly a professional, caring and respected animal rights organization.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

IDA is an incredible non-profit working within the legal system of the USA to fight for animal rights and protection. They work tirelessly on behalf of abused and mistreated circus and zoo elephants to end the mistreatment of these amazing animals and find them homes in permanent sanctuaries. Recently, IDA rescued 55 monkeys from a lab where they were experimented on, held in teeny cages and never allowed to live as a monkey should. Those monkeys now have a permanent home in a sanctuary where they will get to live as monkeys for the first time. IDA works on so many animal issues across the board, from campaigning for whales and dolphins to ending puppy mills. I love supporting IDA and would like to see more people do so too!