Allie Phillips

Allie-Phillips-250pxAllie Phillips is the director and founder of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse at the National District Attorneys Association. She is a nationally-recognized author and attorney who advocates for ending pound seizure (shelter animals used in research) and the use of gas chambers to kill animals in shelters. Allie is also the founder of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T), a global initiative assisting family violence shelters that welcome companion animals, and the co-creator of Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) program.

She began her career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Michigan in 1995. Since 1997, she has been training prosecutors and criminal justice professionals in handling cases with vulnerable victims, especially animals. Previously, she served as vice president of the Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives for the American Humane Association, where she managed the Washington D.C. office and was responsible for the legislative agenda on child and animal welfare.

Allie volunteers her time with organizations including the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Assault, the Association of Professional Humane Educators, Michiganders for Shelter Pets (as co-founder), and Denver Pet Partners. In addition, she is a council member of the Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section, a board member for the National Coalition on Violence against Animals, and an advisor for the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse.

She has published two books: Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets (2011) and How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure (2010). Her work has been featured on The Today Show, by the Associated Press, and in The Washington Post, USA Today, Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio, Washington Public Radio, and dozens of national animal radio talk shows. Learn more about her work at

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