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Griffin Centre, Genge St, Civic ACT

GPO Box 2259, Canberra ACT 2601

We live and work on stolen land and acknowledge its Traditional Owners. We pay respect to Elders, past, present and emerging, and recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded.

Animal law night for Law Week 2019

12 May 2019

The ADO will host an evening of animal law as part of Law Week 2019 at the ACT Law Society at 6pm on Thursday 16 May 2019. Seminar on animals and legal personhood, vegan canapés and wine, and CPD points all in one evening - register now :)

Animal welfare - where do the political parties stand?

1 May 2019

We've looked at the policies of the major political parties on two key animal welfare issues - live export and the creation of a national animal welfare body. See how the policies stack up and consider how you can vote to better protect animals...

Team ADO at Running Festival

13 April 2018

Way to go, Team ADO! Our 5km and 10km teams triumphed at the Australian Running Festival, on a beautiful fresh sunny morning in the Nation’s capital. In a team ranging from 15 to 77 years, everyone crossed the finishing line, and new PBs were set!

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Animal Defenders Office

The Animal Defenders Office (ADO) is a non-profit community legal centre specialising in animal law and animal protection matters.  The ADO is inspired by the Environmental Defenders Offices, which have been around for decades protecting the environment.  Now there's an office dedicated entirely to protecting animals and animal defenders.   The ADO provides free advice on how the law affects animals and animal advocates,  and how it can be used to protect them.  We also take an active role in law reform and policy formulation regarding animals, and provide information materials designed both to increase awareness of animal protection issues and to empower the community to engage in public decision-making affecting animals.

The ADO’s mission is to use the law to protect the interests of animals and to enable compassionate choices for humans.

We are a non-profit community legal centre that depends entirely on volunteers and members, so if you'd like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you.

The ADO is entirely volunteer-based,​ receives no government support, and relies completely on donations from the public to keep our work going.

ADO Fundraising Wine

Like to help out the ADO by purchasing some enchanting Australian wine? The ADO is supported by Goodwill Wine, a fantastic social enterprise in Victoria that sources the best boutique wines from around Australia while donating to charities with every bottle. The ADO wines are not ‘fined’ with any animal or fish products (ie they are vegan). We will receive a minimum of 50% of the profits resulting from your purchase - cheers to that! Get yours today here: