The Animal Defense Partnership


Our Work

ADP collaborates with start-up and established animal rights and protection organizations and advocates principally on two fronts:

  • Providing legal and other professional consulting services directly in support of our clients' mission-specific animal protection work; and 
  • Working with our clients to identify and address their internal organizational and operational needs and goals

ADP functions as both outside general counsel and consultant, assisting clients on a range of issues, including non-profit compliance, fiscal sponsorship, litigation avoidance, management, oversight and consulting, fundraising, state registrations, entity organization and structure,  communications, employment best practices and disputes, contract drafting, review and negotiation, human resources, social media, intellectual property protection and rights clearance. 

Our organizational consulting work covers, as examples, board/executives/employee relationships and dynamics, business and strategic long and short-term planning, leadership mentoring, internal and external communications and crisis management.

ADP also identifies and pursues on a selective basis causes and issues in its own name.  As we grow, we anticipate initiating more litigation and related efforts in furtherance of our core philosophy and purpose.

By remaining independent, we are free of constraints that lawyers and professionals who represent or work within a particular group can sometimes face. We are highly discrete, scrupulous about preserving client confidences and avoiding conflicts of interest, and are unconcerned with credit or attribution.

Our Clients


Brighter Green is a public policy action tank that works to raise awareness of and encourage policy action on issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainability.


Compassion in World Farming campaigns peacefully on a global level, to end all cruel factory farming practices. CIWF believes that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused, specialized approach – so it only works on farm animal welfare.


Compassion Over Killing seeks to end animal abuse, focusing on cruelty to animals in agriculture, and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all of us, both human and nonhuman.

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Dharma Voices for Animals is committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when animal suffering is supported by the actions of those in Dharma communities and by the policies of Dharma centers.

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Encompass is aimed at increasing effectiveness in the animal protection movement by fostering greater racial diversity, equity, and inclusion while empowering advocates of color. 

Friends of Chimps is committed to the conservation of chimpanzees in their natural habitat as well as their health and welfare in captivity.   They collaborate with foundations, schools, corporations and other non-profit partners to raise funds, awareness and compassion for the long-term preservation of our closest living relative.

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries seeks to continuously improve the quality of care for animals requiring sanctuary, by accrediting sanctuaries based on worldwide standards of excellence, facilitating operational and financial support, and enhancing effectiveness, recognition, and collaboration among its accredited members.


    In Defense of Animals is dedicated to protecting animal rights, welfare and habitats.


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    Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is an sanctuary dedicated to providing care to farm animals saved from their cruel circumstances. It also offers educational programs geared towards children to teach the importance of providing safe homes for abused farm animals.


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    The North Shore Animal League is a no-kill shelter network for dogs and cats that has, since 1944, saved over a million animals. Their four main goals are to rescue companion animals, nurture those that come into their care, adopt those animals to loving homes, and educate future generations about caring for animals.


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    Paws Crossed is a no-kill rescue. It will only euthanize for terminal illness or irreversible suffering and is committed to saving as many lives as it can, while also providing the best possible environment for the pets in its care. Paws Crossed fulfills its mission through rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, advocacy, collaboration and education.


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    Peace Ridge Sanctuary provides permanent sanctuary to once abused and neglected animals, with a particular focus on farmed animals and animals from high-kill shelters. It also promotes compassionate lifestyle choices through humane education


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    PreetiRang Sanctuary provides a safe, secure and loving home to farmed animals who are in danger of abuse and early death. PreetiRang Sanctuary provides a forever home where they can live in peace and express their natural tendencies.



    Return to Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America’s wild horses through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct connection with the natural world.


    Tigers in America rescues and protects tigers kept in cruel captivity in the United States. Right now there are 7,000 tigers in the United States, more than in the wild in the rest of the world. Tigers in America's mission is to rescue these tigers and put them in sanctuaries where they can live the rest of their lives.


    Woodstock Farm Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits who have been rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment.