Usual Phone hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am – 5 pm PT (12 pm – 8 pm ET). We have extended hours on Wednesdays, when we are open until 8 pm PT (11 pm ET).
Please leave a voice message if you call the Support Line during closed hours or when a counselor doesn't answer during open hours. We are closed on major holidays. We will return your call as soon as possible. Online chat times vary. Please send us a message if we are offline. We will respond when we return. We want to hear from you!
Why Animal Activist Support?
At In Defense of Animals, we believe that every single activist is needed to bring about animal liberation. That’s why we’re excited to offer the Animal Activist Support Line, an 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 Support Line counselors have been trained in nonviolent communication and are passionate animal advocates themselves. Even if you only have a few minutes, we can help! The Support Line is available to all animal advocates via our toll-free number, 1 (800) 705-0425, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Line calls last from 10 to 30 minutes. We provide free counseling, rather than therapy. Our counselors can refer you to our list of vegan therapists for ongoing therapy. We may advise repeat callers to contact a therapist.
There are lots of reasons to call the Animal Activist Support Line.
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
Strategies to help animals
Connection with someone who cares
The Support Line is your “one-stop shop” for all things activist! Counselors provide resources from our Activist Resource List, which contains Meetup groups, workshops, webinars, videos, vegan therapist referrals, and books on effective activism.
The Support Line 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.
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.
Contact us if you are interested in becoming a Support Line counselor.
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