Director Dennis Tabella with his friend, Fiedler.


To defend the inalienable rights of both companion animals and wildlife through education, legal and legislative activism.

Profile and History

     Defenders of Animals Inc., began a 44-year journey of caring for and defending the rights of animals in April of 1978, and was founded by Dennis Tabella and Patricia A. Tabella.

     Our legislative campaign consisted of intensive lobbying efforts that entailed numerous conferences with selected legislators, presentation of testimony, newspaper ads, mass mailings, media contact and calls/letters from members.

     Follow the links below to read about legislation that has been introduced on behalf of Defenders of Animals, Inc., our achievements on behalf of companion animals and wildlife, "Rainbow Bridge," a comforting memorial to departed companion animals, how you can help, and how you can sign up for our free newsletter.


Dennis Tabella, Patricia A. Tabella, and many volunteers.


  • Spaying: We sponsor several Low-cost spaying/neutering clinics annually.

  • Pet Adoption: Our program is an alternative to local dog pounds and shelters. Defenders works with pet owners that need to find homes for their companion animals.

  • Legal Assistance: Defenders of Animals has assisted individuals with legal research and assistance in obtaining an attorney.

  • Rewards: Defenders has offered rewards up to $2000 for information leading to the apprehension, conviction and sentencing of the person(s) guilty of crimes of cruelty.

  • Advocacy: Defenders of Animals will advocate on behalf of stray, abandoned animals and wildlife and pet owners when it is appropriate.

Contact Information

Defenders of Animals
P.O. Box 8763
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 461-1922

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