Multi-Million Dollar Fix. Adopt. Save. Campaign Launched Today!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 04/16/2013 - 7:20pm

The Fix. Adopt. Save. Campaign Launched to Increase Animal Adoptions and Dispel Myths About Spaying and Neutering

If big moments in animal welfare progress were covered in history books, this 
project would be included.

An alliance of eight animal welfare agencies, backed by multi-mullion dollar philanthropic support, have joined together to solve Maricopa County’s homeless animal problem by launching the “Fix. Adopt. Save.” campaign – a collaborative effort to encourage responsible pet ownership, and to dramatically increase spay/neuter and pet adoption rates in the Valley. Read more

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Great Black Footed Ferret Story in Today's AZ Republic, Except...

Submitted by Stephanie Nicho... on 04/06/2013 - 3:48pm

The Arizona Game & Fish Commission and Department are not in a good place right now. The Commission is the worst that ADLA has seen in over twenty years of wildlife advocacy.  Both have reversed a number of incremental positive changes that they had made- such as mountain lion policies.

But there are a few bright spots. One is the black-footed ferret reintroduction program that is featured on the front page of today's Arizona Republic in a wonderful story by Brandon Loomis

ADLA takes issue with one comment in the story.  Loomis calls prairie dogs, the animals on which ferrets depend for food, destructive. We disagree. The five species of prairie dogs that live in North America- including two that are native to Arizona- are keystone species.  Their presence is critical for many other species to survive amd thrive in the ecosystems in which they all live.

Ironically, even some at AZ Game & Fish disagree with Loomis conclusion.  Another of its bright spots is the reintroduction of black tailed prairie dogs in southeastern Arizona.  That species was once completely extirpated from our state, but Game & Fish reintroduced them a few years ago.  ADLA hopes that project is Loomis next story!

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Update: Wildlife Services Agent Indicted by Grand Jury

Submitted by Anonymous on 04/05/2013 - 12:00am

Wildlife Services employee Russell Files has been indicted by a grand jury for felony animal cruelty 

In December 2012, Phoenix-based Wildlife Services employee Russell Files Russell Filestrapped his neighbor’s 2-year-old dog Zoey in his unfenced front yard. Police found Zoey covered in blood with her legs entangled in the trap, which had been set near a decomposing animal skull.  Read more

Click here to read the entire police report (warning: graphic images)  

Please thank the Maricopa Attorney’s Office for charging Russell Files with felony animal cruelty.  You can send a message here.

Wildlife Services is a taxpayer-funded government agency that kills millions of animals each year, including non-target animals and family pets. Read the in-depth investigation into the agency by Tom Knudson of the Sacramento Bee here.

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Let's Hear it for First Time Trappers!

Submitted by Stephanie Nicho... on 03/25/2013 - 3:38pm

The Spay Neuter Hotline's Sunday TNR clinic was amazing once again.  87 cats were brought to the clinic. So many people pitch in to get the cats there, it's hard to single out one group.  However, I was struck by the wonderful first time trappers. Four first time trappers brought 19 cats- including a mother and son, husband and wife, strong solo trapper and neighbors.  By the way the neighbors topped the success rate with nine cats.  Thanks to all!


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Save the Date: Cat TNR 101 on March 23

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/14/2013 - 11:11am

Too Many Cats? We Can Fix That!

To learn more about trap neuter return and how to get started, please join us at this event on March 23!

Click here for more information




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Spay Neuter Hotline Urges People to Fix Cats Now!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 01/28/2013 - 10:51am

Every spring thousands of homeless kittens come into animal shelters in Maricopa County. Most do not get out alive. Before temperatures rise and cats go into heat, the Spay Neuter Hotline is asking people to stop procrastinating, and get companion cats fixed, and also take advantage of ADLA's Trap Neuter Return program to sterilize stray and free-roaming cats in Valley neighborhoods. Few cats are in heat in January, but the number begins to increase in February. By May shelters are inundated with kittens.

We can beat kitten season if everyone in the community pitches in by sterilizing cats in their neighborhood.  Whether people love cats or hate them, Trap Neuter Return (TNR) is the best way to reduce the number of cats. Read more

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ADLA Calls for Investigation of USDA Agent for Felony Animal Cruelty

Submitted by Anonymous on 01/18/2013 - 5:08pm

The Animal Defense League of Arizona has asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for an investigation of its Phoenix employee Russell Files, who has been accused of animal cruelty. Files is an agent of Wildlife Services, a program of the USDA.

On January 8, 2013, Russell Files was booked into a Maricopa County jail in Phoenix on one count of felony animal cruelty. According to news reports his arrest followed an extensive investigation dating back to December 18, 2012, when El Mirage police found his neighbor’s 2-year-old Australian cattle dog named Zoey, covered in blood with her left front and back feet entangled in a leg-hold trap on his property.  Read more 




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Welcome to the Spay Neuter Clinic- Cactus

Submitted by Stephanie Nicho... on 01/10/2013 - 6:38pm

The Spay Neuter Hotline is happy to welcome its newest clinic providing surgeries for Trap Neuter Return through the Spay Neuter Hotline. Dr. Lisa Levin and her staff at the clinic started in December, even making slots available on New Year's Eve.  To schedule an appointment at any particpating clinic call 602 265-7729 or email

The clinic is located in one of the zip codes in which the Hotline is currently offering free surgeries for free roaming cats- 85029.  Free surgeries are also available in 85015, 85017, 85019, 85020, 85021, 85051, 85301 and 85302.


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Bill Gates TV Show Highlights ADLA's TNR Program

Submitted by Karen Michael on 11/09/2012 - 9:39am

ADLA President Stephanie Nichols-Young discusses ADLA's Trap Neuter Return Program on Bill Gates TV show:


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Elayne Boosler Offers Tickets for Upcoming Show!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 11/02/2012 - 9:55am


Click here for details!

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