Save Twice as Many Animals!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 12/17/2016 - 10:02am

This Holiday Season you can help ADLA save twice as many animals! All gifts (up to $10,00) will be matched by  a group of anonymous donors!

When you donate to ADLA you can be assured that over 90% of each dollar you donate goes directly to program services

Learn more about the successes you made possible in 2016 here

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Update on Phoenix Hoarding Ordinance

Submitted by Karen Michael on 11/16/2016 - 9:48am

Join us at ADLA's first Webinar on November 30th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. 

ADLA President/Attorney Stephanie Nichols-Young will provide an overview of the new animal hoarding ordinance passed by Phoenix City Council on 10-19-16. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Webinar Information and Instructions

What: Update on Phoenix Animal Hoarding Ordinance
When: Wed, Nov 30, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM US Mountain Standard Time 
Please join ADLA's meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States +1 (408) 650-3123 
Access Code: 159-563-661 
First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:
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Poll Reveals Arizonans Oppose Captive Dolphin Swim Programs

Submitted by Karen Michael on 11/01/2016 - 10:14am

PHOENIX—(November 1, 2016) A statewide poll released today by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA), revealed that more Arizonans oppose than support the practice of keeping dolphins in captivity for interactive programs and entertainment. The release follows the October 15 opening of Dolphinaris, near Scottsdale, Arizona, and is the first public opinion poll to specifically gauge attitudes about keeping dolphins in captivity in Arizona. (read more here)

Join ADLA at Dine for Dolphins on Oct 11th!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 09/21/2016 - 11:53am

Please join us at Dine for Dolphins, an ADLA benefit for Arizona's Dolphin Campaign! Thanks to Grimaldi's who is generously hosting the event which includes dinner, live music, and a silent auction. Space is limited so purchase your tickets now!

LIMITED TIME: Get $10 off tickets! Use Code DFD10 (case sensitive)

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Say NO to Captive Dolphins in Arizona!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 04/23/2016 - 6:18pm

ADLA and other groups are working on a campaign opposing Dolphinaris, a swim-with-dolphins enclosure under development in Scottsdale. The facility will house eight or more dolphins and is set to open in July. As opposed to their natural wide-range ocean habitat, these intelligent, social marine mammals will be forced to live out their lives in chlorinated concrete tanks in the desert. Dolphinaris has demonstrated a lack of transparency by secretly building a captive dolphin enclosure with no opportunity for public input, despite growing public opposition to confinement of dolphins for entertainment. Please add your name to this petition and share. We will keep you updated on this important campaign and how you can help. 

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Diverse Coalition Opposes Latest Legislative Power Grab

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/24/2016 - 12:00pm

Animal Defense League and other groups spoke out in opposition to bills that attack our citizens' initiative process. 

March 23, 2016

PHOENIX – Today a coalition of diverse organizations, including Arizona Advocacy Network, Sierra Club, Humane Society of the United States, Arizona Education Association, Animal Defense League of Arizona, League of Women Voters Arizona, Humane Voters of Arizona, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, AZ Alliance for Retired Americans, Arizona AFL-CIO, Arizona Education Association – Retired, AFSCME, and SEI Arizona, called on the Arizona Legislature to oppose two bills that would eviscerate the voter protection provisions of the Arizona Constitution.  Read more

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Help Stop Pro-Puppy Mill Bill in AZ State Legislature!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/12/2016 - 10:09am
We need your help right now!
HB 2113, a pro-puppy-mill bill, is being heard on Monday at 9 a.m. in the Senate’s Natural Resource committee in the Arizona State Legislature. Yes. A bill SUPPORTING puppy mills.
If it passes, it will undo the ordinances passed in Tempe and Phoenix to ban the sale of puppies from puppy mills — and it will prevent other Arizona cities from passing similar ordinances. This "striker" bill is being rushed through the Legislature without proper study and is framed in a deceptive way to imply that pet stores will be "responsibly regulated." Make no mistake, the bill will allow the puppy-mill pipeline to thrive in Arizona.
We need you to reach out NOW to the senators on that committee. Make a call. Send an email. Contact them on Facebook or Twitter. Politely ask them to vote ‘no’ on HB 2113, which benefits puppy mills at the expense of consumers. If your senator is on this committee, be sure to mention that you are a resident in his/her district.
Senator David Farnsworth: (602) 926-3020;
Senator Robert Meza: (602) 926-3425;
Senator Catherine Miranda: (602) 926-4893;
Senator Barbara McGuire: (602) 926-5836;
Senator Steve Pierce, Chair: (602) 926-5584;
Senator Don Shooter, Vice Chairman: (602) 926-4139;
You can also sign a petition to legislators to oppose HB 2113. Please take action and share with your Arizona contacts. Thank you!
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26,000 Animals Saved through Fix Adopt Save Program

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/10/2016 - 11:34am
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, community leaders, and animal protection groups
attended the Fix.Adopt.Save (FAS) press conference on March 1st to announce progress so far on a three-year campaign that began in April 2013, to decrease pet homelessness in Maricopa County. Seven organizations including ADLA, have worked together to decrease euthanasia by 71 per cent since 2012, saving over 26,000 dogs and cats
ADLA President Stephanie Nichols-Young spoke about ADLA’s Spay Neuter Hotline, the importance of increasing availability and awareness of spay/neuter surgeries through free and low-cost options and Trap Neuter Return. Cat euthanasia has decreased by 79 per cent since 2012. These combined efforts have also decreased intake at shelters by 38%, about 32,000 animals. You can watch Stephanie's presentation here.
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ADLA Presentation on Wild Horses on March 16th

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/10/2016 - 11:27am
Please join ADLA for a free, informative presentation on Wild Horses on March 16th in Phoenix.

Salt River Wild Horse photo by Robert Rinsem

Speakers include D.J. Schubert, renowned wildlife biologist and ADLA board member; and Deniz Bolbol, Communications Director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Coalition. They will discuss Federal laws and policies impacting wild horses and burros and current places in Arizona where horses and burros may be at risk.
Wednesday, March 16th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Church of the Beatitudes, Youth Community Room
555 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (map)
Please RSVP to
 (Salt River Wild Horse photo by Robert Rinsem)
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AZ Residents: Call Now on Bill to Overturn Citizen Initiatives!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 02/18/2016 - 11:19am
A dangerous bill that would overturn citizen initiatives is moving through the Arizona Legislature and we need your help to defeat it! 
There was a time in Arizona when leghold traps, poisons, and snares could lawfully be placed on our public lands. When entire families attended brutal cockfighting events held in large arenas. And when it was legal to confine pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal in factory farms. Thanks to our citizen initiative process, Arizona voters banned every one of these cruel practices.
But now, legislators are attempting to turn the clock back by repealing hard-fought animal protection laws. HCR 2023 (Thorpe) would allow the Arizona Legislature to repeal citizen initiatives with a 60% vote. If this bill is referred to the ballot and passed, legislators could overturn animal protection initiatives already passed by voters, including bans on leghold traps, cockfighting, and the cruel confinement of farm animals.
What You Can Do 
This damaging bill has passed the Arizona House and is now in the Senate. Please call your senator and politely ask him/her to vote 'no' on HCR 2023 (Prop 105, legislative authority). Be sure to mention that you are a resident in his/her district. You can contact your senator here.
Bill Information
HCR 2023 Proposition 105; legislative authority (Rep Thorpe), upon voter approval, modifies the Legislature’s power to  repeal, amend, supersede and transfer monies designated by initiative or referendum measures (Proposition 105). Allows the Legislature to repeal or amend an initiative or referendum by a 60% roll call vote. HCR 2023 requires the Secretary of State to submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election.
Background on Citizen Initiatives and Prop 105
Proposition 105, the Voter Protection Act, was passed in 1998 to prevent the Legislature from undermining citizen initiatives. It is an important safeguard to protect measures passed by voters.  
Arizona’s citizen initiative process is a constitutional right which was enacted at statehood in 1912. It is the single most important tool for protecting Arizona’s animals, and provides one of our only checks on legislative power. Thanks to grassroots citizens’ ballot measures, leghold traps, snares, and poisons were banned on public lands in 1994, and cockfighting was outlawed in 1998. In 2006, voters overwhelmingly approved the Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act, an initiative that banned the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal. All of these measures failed in the Legislature, yet were passed by Arizona voters, most by large margins. 
We cannot allow the Legislature to overturn hard-won animal protection laws passed by Arizona voters. Please Act Now!
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