The Animal Defenders Office (ADO) is a national non-profit community legal centre that specialises in animal law.
The ADO was incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory in late 2013. In 2017 we were formally recognised and accredited by the Australian National Association of Community Legal Centres as part of the National Accreditation Scheme ("NAS") Phase 2. On 11 May 2022 we were formally accredited by CLCs Australia Inc under NAS Phase 3.
As a community legal centre that focuses on helping animals and animal advocates, the ADO:
Offers free advice and representation for individuals and groups that want to take action for animals; and
Produces information to raise community awareness about animal protection; and
Works to advance animal interests through law reform.
We are a national community legal centre in that we aim to assist individuals and groups from around Australia with matters affecting animals and their (human) defenders.
We are run by volunteers and receive no ongoing government funding.