Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International


Posted: 24 July 2017. Updated: 4 August 2018

Recent Events

ADI Garden Party, Los Angeles, July 22, 2018

ADI’s summer Garden Party on Sunday, July 22 was a huge success, with guests enjoying delicious vegan wines and food in good company. For the second year running, the event was hosted by ADI supporters Lo Sprague and Gwynne Guibord in their beautiful Hancock Park garden. ADI founders Jan and Tim updated guests on Operation Liberty in Guatemala and the building of a new ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa, and bidding on a unique auction featuring one of ADI’s famous green watering cans – ‘enjoyed’ by Kimba, one of five ex-circus rescued by ADI in Guatemala - fetched a whopping $5,000!

Gift bags included items by the following generous donors, including:

Aromatherapy Associates
Award-winning bath, body and home care featuring high-quality essential oils.

Cleansing juices, smoothies and food, with locations in Century City, Brentwood, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.

Blacklight Coffee Merchants
Small batch roasted artisan coffee and cacao.

High-performance, cruelty-free, vegan nail polish; free of 10+ toxins, including toluene, formaldehyde and camphor.

Premium, natural nut butters and nut butter cups—peanut, almond, cashew and hazelnut.

Paul Mitchell MarulaOil
Luxury shampoos, conditioners and treatments—incorporating marula oil—from the well-known haircare brand.

Past Events

ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom rescue in Peru to feature in an episode of Dodo Heroes screening on Animal Planet on June 30th - and again on July 14 (in the US at noon EST/PST).


Previously unseen footage takes you to the heart of the biggest circus rescue ever undertaken. Follow the joyous and uplifting story of spider monkey Pepe, rescued, reunited with his own kind and taken home to the forest. Plus, the parallel story of lioness Kiara rescued and reunited with her cubs after the family was torn apart by the circus and the family’s journey home to Africa.

Each screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with ADI founders Jan and Tim who will be bringing updates and showing pictures from the latest ADI mission rescuing circus animals in Guatemala.

June 22: London, UK – Karamel Get details & tickets here
June 27: Durham, NC: Full Frame Theater Get details & tickets here
June 28: New York City: The Producers Club Get details & tickets here
June 30: Los Angeles: 5757 Wilshire Boulevard Get details & tickets here
July 8: Sedona, AZ: Mary D. Fisher Theatre Get details & tickets here

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Stop Circus Suffering

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No Fun for Elephants

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Lion Ark

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Faith Leaders Join ADI to Call for Animal Protection at The Guibord Center

Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips attended The Guibord Center 2018 Annual Dinner at St John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles April 26th, along with ADI’s US team and actress Jorja Fox.

A new short film, ANIMA - Animals, Faith & Compassion, premiered at the event. This 12-minute documentary, made specifically for ADI’s campaigns to end violence against animals, challenges distortions of religions that have been used to justify and normalize the treatment of animals as objects for humans’ use. The night’s three-hour program included meditations, blessings and a vegan meal provided by Citrus Valley Health Partners. ADI founders Tim and Jan were presented with the new film after it was blessed by Apache Leader and Guibord Center Advisor Sam Bearpaw. The new film to engage the millions of people who follow the 12 faiths represented in the film - including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Indigenous peoples, Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Baha’i, Brahma Kumaris, Vedanta, and Zoroastrian - was the brainchild of ADI supporters Dr Lo Sprague and the Rev. Gwynne Guibord. It was shot and directed by Jennifer Jessum on location in Los Angeles. At the end of the evening, long time animal right campaigner Patty Shenker summed up by saying: “I never thought I’d see leaders of the different religions come together to speak out for animals! It was amazing, inspiring and very needed!”

ADI is grateful to The Guibord Center for making the film, which is a part of The Guibord Center’s Animals and Compassion Initiative. Learn more at

April 15-30, 2018: Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Cookies, and brownies, and cakes, oh my!
Thank you to everyone who sold yummy vegan baked goods to raise much-needed funds for ADI during the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale! Although the official Bake Sale is over, we welcome contributions throughout the year, whether you enjoy baking or just want to give!

Check out the other ways you can help raise funds here

March 18, 2018: The Los Angeles Marathon

A huge well done and thank you to Anthony Valentino, Kimberly Gasperino and Rowena Balwit, who ran the LA half marathon for TeamADI! Congratulations and thanks too to Trevor Rowell who completed the full marathon in an amazing 4:05. Fantastic job Team ADI!!
email or call us today at 323-935-2234 to join Team ADI!

October 26: Drag Queen Bingo Night Fundraiser

Multi-award-winning TV and movie legend Ed Asner joined the ADI team for rollicking good time raising funds for ADI’s work to save and protect animals with a lively drag queen bingo night, with a Halloween theme, in West Hollywood. Our rescues, the animals in our care, investigations, educational outreach, and campaigns to secure permanent protection for animals all need financial support, but fundraising doesn’t have to be a drag(!), it really can be fun and help spread the word! WANT TO HOST AN EVENT IN YOUR TOWN? Bingo nights, open mic nights, bowling for charity, screen our movie Lion Ark (in a cinema or at home), parties, or a bake sale are all great ways to get your friends together and help animals. Get in touch with the ADI team to see how together we can put the FUN in FUNdraising and help save more animals! Email
SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who donated prizes and auction items for this week’s bingo fundraiser: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, Starbucks, The Magic Castle, celebrity manicurist Jess Alexander-Snyder, and Lexie Boezeman Cataldo of InJoy Photography. Other lucky winners went home with merchandise exclusive to ADI and not available anywhere else – unless you shop our online store!

October 14th: Race For The Rescues, Los Angeles

ADI formed a fundraising fitness team & participated in the Race for the Rescues Saturday, October 14th to raise money for ADI’s important work.
To join Team ADI email our Team Captain at

October 7th: Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

ADI talks & Lion Ark screening at ‘This Is Our World’, London.

ADI joined ‘This is our world’ at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, spoke about our campaigns and rescue work and screened our award-winning film Lion Ark, all set against a unique collection of life-size wildlife paintings.

‘This is our world’ is a charity event raising awareness about wildlife, conservation and climate change. Organised by Artworld Conservation in partnership with Born Free Foundation and International Fund for Animal Welfare, the charity event sets to inspire, educate and inform about the natural world.
Find out more here.

World Lion Day

Volunteers host an ADI table on World Lion Day, including outreach leaflets to educate people about animals in entertainment and merchandise for sale to raise funds for ADI.

Find out how you can help Fundraise for ADI

An Evening Honoring Animals

A big thank you to all who came out on July 23 for An Evening Honoring Animals. In particular, ADI thanks Dr. Lo Sprague & Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord for not only hosting our event in their beautiful home, but underwriting the cost of the event so that last night was a true fundraising success. Thanks to their generosity, and to the generosity of supporters at the event including Sylvia Lin & Eric Lee, Ady Gil, Patty Shenker and Doug Stoll, and Jan McGill we are on our way to our goal in support of the Jose & Liso Anti-Poaching Fund. It was a truly special evening in our hosts’ lovely, leafy garden. Guests enjoyed assorted vegan wines sponsored by Frey Vineyards Organic Wine and craft brews by Lagunitas Brewing Company while relaxing on lounge seating donated by Overstock .com

Event highlights included an update on ADI’s ongoing anti-poaching initiatives by Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips and inspiring remarks by special guest, Moby, captured on video by Lisa Karlan of JaneUnchained .com. At the event, Rev. Dr. Guibord also shared an exciting announcement about an upcoming initiative to create a PSA featuring diverse religious leaders’ calling for compassion for animals that will be produced through the partnership of ADI and The Guibord Center, an interfaith organization.

At the end of the night, guests went home with a bag full of goodies including chocolate peanut butter cups by Justin’s, Lush Cosmetics bath bombs, and a set of Pulse wireless headphones by Rowkin. Thank you again for joining us, and for your support. Together we are making the world a better place for animals.


Would like to organize a special event to help ADI? Please get in touch

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