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The Animal Legal Defense Fund provides these resources to help you learn how animal protection laws function within the legal system.

Animals and the Law

The field of animal law is complex. Use these articles as a guide to understand the fundamentals.

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What You Can Do

Do you need help with a specific legal situation involving an animal? Our guides below are provided with that end in mind.

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Other Resources


Animal Law Academy

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Academy provides articles, educational webinars, and CLEs covering both substantive and practical topics in animal law written and presented by experts in the field. These are a convenient way to learn more about the rapidly developing field of animal law while staying up-to-date on the latest news.

Nuisance Issues and Some Steps Toward Resolving Conflicts

It’s the second time this week that you’ve received a call from your neighbor, complaining that your dog’s barking is driving her crazy. This time she’s threatening to call the police or animal. control.

What To Do If a Companion Animal You Purchased Became Sick or Died Soon Afterwards

This tragic story is all too common: Someone purchases a puppy from a breeder or pet store, only to discover their new furry family member is very sick, oftentimes fatally.

What To Do When Your Companion Animal Has Been Injured or Killed

This page will present answers to some common questions about filing a lawsuit if your companion animal has been injured or killed. This is not a substitute for an attorney.

What To Do When You Find Animals in Substandard Conditions at a Pet Store

You've stopped into the local pet store on your way home from work to pick up food for your cat. Your kids begged to visit a store that advertises puppies for sale, until you relented.
The PETS Act, when companion animals are affected by natural disasters

Legal FAQ’s for Search and Rescue Volunteers

Volunteer attorneys from across the U.S. have donated their time to, as quickly as possible, research and write the legal memoranda that support the shorter answers provided here.
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How to handle landlord/tenant disputes over companion animals

There's a catastrophic shortage of affordable, pet-friendly housing in the United States. This makes it punishingly hard for families with companion animals to find a rental.

Including Animals in Your Will

Companion animals add so much to our lives and give us joy, unconditional love and loyalty. Yet people routinely fail to provide for their animals in their wills.

Ways to Give

Since 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been the leader in the fight to win animals the legal protection they so desperately need—and deserve. Your generous support is vital to our continued success.