Passionate About Helping Animals? New book Explains How to Get Involved—and Make a Difference

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"Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets" by Allie Phillips now available nationwide.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. announces the release of Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets by Allie Phillips. Defending the Defenseless (ISBN: 978-1-4422-0214-6, 272 pages, $34.95, Hardcover) is now available nationwide.

A comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to join the growing crusade of protecting and advocating for pets, Defending the Defenseless guides readers through the myriad ways they can help companion animals. Written by long time and nationally-recognized animal advocate Allie Phillips, Defending the Defenseless is the definitive guide to becoming an advocate for animals.

Filled with resources, advice, and stories from the author’s personal experiences in her work with protecting animals, Defending the Defenseless shares practical tips on how readers can get involved—from donating, volunteering, opposing animal experimentation, raising children to protect animals, transporting shelter animals, preventing cruelty and neglect, animal emergency preparedness, lobbying for animals, and more.

Resplendent with tips on how to take action—from small steps to launching large-scale advocacy campaigns—Defending the Defenseless is a thoughtful, thought-provoking and extraordinary resource for animal advocacy.

According to Beatrice Friedlander, Animals and Society Institute, “If you are new to animal advocacy, this book is much more than a how-to manual. It provides those yearning to make a difference for animals with both a roadmap and a call to action. It also reminds experienced advocates why they became involved in this gratifying yet emotionally-demanding cause.”

Maya Gupta, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ahimsa House, Inc. added, “Whether your passion is puppy mills, feral cats, legislative change, or shelter reform, Defending the Defenseless will make us all better advocates on behalf of our animal friends. For anyone ready to take the next step to speak up and speak out for animals, your guidebook has arrived.”

Allie Phillips is a former prosecuting attorney who turned her love of animals into a mission to protect them. As the former Vice President of Public Policy and Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives for American Humane Association, Allie has lobbied for better animal protection laws and created national initiatives to help animals, such as the Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) Program. As Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse and Deputy Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse at the National District Attorneys Association, she trains criminal justice professionals about the importance of taking animal cruelty seriously. And at a personal level, she volunteers in shelters and opens her home to care for and re-home homeless cats. A nationally-recognized expert on issues involving animal protection and advocacy, Allie Phillips is also the author of How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure. Allie is dedicated to being a vocal advocate for the protection of animals and empowering others to join the movement. Visit Allie Phillips online at:

Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Defending the Defenseless or an interview with Allie Phillips are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone: (615) 297-9875.


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