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Review for Animal Defense League of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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