Animal Activist Helpline


IDA’s Animal Activist Helpline

Welcome to IDA’s Animal Activist Helpline, part of our Sustainable Activism Campaign offering self-care tools and emotional support for animal activists.

Operation Hours

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time (11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

For support from fellow activists, please join our Animal Activist Online Support Group.

Helpline Contacts
Phone: (800) 705-0425

Do you struggle asking for help? Are you discouraged by conflicts among animal activists? Are members of your community overshadowed by dominant personalities? Do you have trouble delegating activist work or balancing activism with your family life?

At IDA, we believe that every single activist is needed to bring about animal liberation. That’s why we’re excited to offer this innovative new service for animal activists, which includes supportive telephone and e-counseling, contacts for local and national activist resources, and referrals for psychotherapists who are sensitive to animal activists’ concerns.

All of our Helpline Counselors have been trained in nonviolent communication and are passionate animal advocates themselves. Even if you only have a few minutes, we can help! Whether you need a momentary pick-me up or someone to listen in-depth. The Helpline is available to activists in the United States and Canada via our toll free number, 1 (800) 705-0425, or by email at

There are lots of reasons to call the Animal Activist Helpline!

Call when you feel…

  • Overwhelmed by never-ending animal rights work
  • Frustrated by others’ responses to your animal concerns
  • Angry because your efforts didn’t create the changes you anticipated
  • Alone in your quest to help animals
  • Upset by a family or work conflict due to your values
  • Discouraged because change is happening too slowly

Call when you seek…

  • Guidance regarding a personal conflict with another activist
  • Strategic activist resources
  • Involvement in the animal rights/vegan community
  • Balance in your life
  • Self-care tools
  • Strategies to help animals
  • Connection with someone who cares

IDA’s Animal Activist Helpline is your “one-stop shop” for all things activist! Our Activist Resource List contains Meetup groups, workshops, webinars, videos, and books on effective activism.

This Helpline is part of our Sustainable Activism Campaign providing emotional and spiritual support for animal activists via workshops, webinars, retreats, and blogs to ensure that activists can continue helping animals for the long haul. To learn more, click here.

Our goal is to help animal activists gain clarity on their missions, work effectively and efficiently, create successful and satisfying careers, balance activism with the rest of their life, and avoid (or heal from) burnout and trauma.

This nationwide service is free, confidential, and available via phone or email. To read our Policy Statement, please click here. To read our Terms & Condition, please click here.

Volunteers Needed
If you are interested in becoming a Helpline Volunteer please click here.