Welcome to ADOWWelcome to Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)

We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.


We are a very active group of dedicated grassroots volunteers who do letter-writing campaigns, demonstrations and informational tabling in Westchester County and surrounding areas, for the purpose of educating and raising public awareness to the suffering of animals; and the benefits of a vegetarian diet for health and for the environment. We also do a lot of media contact and outreach.

The Problems We Face

Wishful Thinking Reality
Linus calf roping
dogs dog fur
chimps monkey abuse

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.   Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."   ~Margaret Meade

Some of Our Accomplishments

  • We were the first in New York State to get an ordinance against traveling exotic animal acts in the Town of Greenburgh;

  • We were successful in getting the South Bronx to drop the Bronx International Championship Rodeo, which was sponsored by the US Tennis Association;

  • We persuaded Van Cordtlandt Manor to drop its elephant and camel rides, which they had featured for ten years;

  • Our intervention helped Mt. Vernon and North Salem make the decision to stop featuring rodeos;

  • Our efforts, which were covered by all major TV stations, helped raise to felony level the arrests of three men accused of running a “training camp” for pitbull fights who had only been charged with misdemeanors;

  • Our letters on various animal protection topics regularly appear in major newspapers;

  • Our outreach persuaded the Trader Joe's food market chain to stop selling foie gras.