Contact us: 

Tel: 0428 416 857




Or use the online contact form on this page.


We are usually available online between 11am-5pm Mon-Friday; and  6pm-10pm, Tues-Friday.

​Find us: 


The Griffin Centre

20 Genge Street

Civic ACT 2601  


Mon-Thurs 11am-5pm;

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm;

other times by appointment. All times are subject to change so check beforehand.

GPO Box 2259

Canberra ACT 2601

Getting in contact

If you need information about how the law affects animals or those wishing to protect animals, or you want to get in contact with us for any other reason, send us an email using the online form below.


Or you can call us on the listed phone number.


Or you can visit us in our Office in Canberra's CBD Mon-Thurs between 11am-5pm and on Wednesdays between 6.30pm-8.30pm, or at other times by appointment. It's wise to give us a call before you come, to make sure we're in the office.

Please include your first and last names in the form below. Please also include
your phone number so that we can contact you if necessary.

Please note that we are a small, unfunded, 100% volunteer-based organisation. We have one full-time volunteer solicitor, and rely on part-time assistance from other volunteer lawyers and interns on a pro-bono (ie free) basis. However, despite our very limited human and financial resources, we do our best to assist people who need legal help to protect animals.


To determine whether your issue is something that our non-profit community legal centre can help you with, we have developed guidelines for our Advice Service.


See our Advice Guidelines here.

Please note that we are unable to assist animal breeders or people with veterinary malpractice claims unless they fall within our Advice Guidelines.

All our legal advice and case management activities are subject to strict standards of confidentiality. See our Privacy Policy here.



The Animal Defenders Office provides free legal advice and services to people who wish to protect animals. The Animal Defenders Office is run entirely by volunteers who donate their spare time to helping people and animals. We don’t receive government funding.

At the Animal Defenders Office we aim to provide a high-quality customer service despite the constraints on our centre. To help us to do this we appreciate your feedback.

You can use our online contact form:

  • If you would like to make a suggestion for service improvement;

  • If you would like to make a compliment because you have received a great service from the ADO; or

  • If you would like to make a formal complaint. In this case, please read the information provided below.



We welcome complaints because it helps us identify areas requiring improvement in our free service to you and other clients or people we deal with.

You can make a complaint verbally or in writing (to or via our online form). Your complaint will be investigated and responded to within 28 days.

Please refer to our Complaints Policy for more information about how to make a complaint. The policy is available here.

We value your feedback on how we have handled complaints and communicated the outcomes to you.

You can also contact the ACT Law Society if you feel an ADO legal officer has engaged in:

  • professional misconduct, or

  • unsatisfactory professional conduct.


Details about making a complaint to the ACT Law Society are found on their website:

Find us

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.

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