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USING THE LAW TO PROTECT ANIMALS

19/11/2021

A great result today in one of the ADO's dog impoundment cases. ADO lawyers secured the release of the dog at the centre of the protracted legal battle, after the dog had been locked up for over 1½ years in the local government pound.

2/11/2021

The ADO advocates for the protection of brumbies in its response to the NSW government's survey on the Draft Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Heritage Management Plan.

21/10/2021

The ADO teams up with Animal Liberation ACT to fundraise for the animals of A Poultry Place. Over $10,000 raised in 48 hours. Donate:

https://gofund.me/ca3a58fa

18/10/2021

Animal advocates around Australia are devastated by the news that Bede Carmody, founder of A Poultry Place Sanctuary near Canberra, has died aged 53. More...

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The ACT is under COVID-19 restrictions and the ADO office is open to the public by appointment only. We have a skeleton roster of volunteers able to respond to inquiries.

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: