Friends of the Guardian Campaign
Famous Animal Guardians
Pictured below are celebrities who have spoken out with the voice of compassion on behalf of animals. In a world filled with apathy and indifference, they are to be commended for their stance as true guardians of our animal friends.
"Changing the language changes our thought process, which consequentially changes our actions. This subtle choice recognizes the truth that animals are not our property. I enthusiastically support and applaud IDA's efforts with the Guardian Campaign."
Mary Tyler Moore
"I like [the] term guardian as opposed to master or owner. It is an honor that is bestowed on some of us and we need to treat it that way"
--from The Pet Press, Sept-Oct. 2002
Vice President, The Humane Society of the United States, Hollywood Office
"It is truly time for all of society to see animals as more than mere commodities or property to be bought or sold, exploited or killed at an 'owner's' whim. I am proud to be the guardian of my animal companions."
The Jane Goodall Institute
"In the legal sense, animals are regarded as 'things,' mere objects that can be bought, sold, discarded, or destroyed at an owner's whim."
"The way I see it, much like the idea that the world is flat, the idea that animals are "property" is outdated and just plain wrong. My furry companions are living, breathing beings capable of thoughts and feelings.
However, left to their own devices they would not survive long in this modern world. So, I am their Guardian. And while under my care, I "guard" them with great joy, compassion, and humility. It's incredible. Their responses well prove that guarding for love is far better than guarding against hate any day."
Author, The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey into the Feline Heart, When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals and Dogs Never Lie About Love
"In Defense of Animals is truly achieving something remarkable. For the first time in history, people are being made aware of the fact that animals can no longer be considered a 'thing,' a 'commodity,' or an 'object."
Actress & Singer
"With love from me, "Biggest," and "Lovey." I am their guardian, and they are my angels!"
"There are many things I love that I "own", but my dogs are not one of those things. Anything that cuddles up to you when you sleep, that kisses you when you are sad, that plays with you when you are happy, that protects you when you are scared is not something you are an "owner" of. It is someONE. And you can never "own" someone. You can not "own" something that loves you back. That is why guardian is a much more appropriate term, and the truth is we are a team. My dogs and I love each other and are guardians for each other. If you think you can say that you "own" someone you love, I own them as much as they own me."
Grant Aleksander, Actor
"I own a house and a car. These are things I own. My companion animals are part of my family. They give me unconditional love and I give them room and board. I do not believe anyone can own a living thing. That is why I consider myself the guardian of my animal companions, never as their owner."
Jim Mason, author, An Unnatural Order
and co-author with Peter Singer, Animal Factories
"Animals have been regarded as property for way too long. It's high time we took on a more loving and responsible relationship with our kindred beings in the web of life on this beautiful planet. I always think and act as a guardian towards my kindred beings, never as their owner".
"I never think of Earl as a dog I own. He's just Earl, a smart, happy, kind, extremely good natured soul with whom I share my life."
"For Better Or Worse" Cartoonist
"Animals deserve all the love and care we can give them."
Kyler England, singer/songwriter
"Growing up in the country in North Carolina I had a huge family which included 5 humans and an assortment of animal friends including horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and the occasional chicken or guinea pig. I always thought of our pets as part of the family, never as possesions so using the word "guardian" in place of "owner" is intuitive for me. IDA is doing important work to change the way people think about their animal friends."
"My dog and two cats are such a vital part of my life. To say that I am their owner doesn't reflect at all the profound bond and responsibility that I have towards them. Therefore, I thoroughly support In Defense of Animals' initiative to utilize 'guardian' instead of owner."
Tippi Hedren, Actress
President, The Roar Foundation
Director, The Shambala Preserve
“For over thirty years, we, at the Shambala Preserve, and The Roar Foundation have thought of the big cats who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected, as thinking…feeling..beings. We have always thought of ourselves as guardians of these magnificent beings, who have all been born in captivity to be sold as “pets”, which they are not. One of our goals has been to educate the public to treat all animals as part of life on our planet."
"Sometimes I'm not sure which of us is the caregiver. The animals in our lives give us love, comfort and joy so extravagantly"
Natasha Allas, Former Miss USA World
Guardian is an important word, for all beings, animal and human.”
Ed Begley, Jr.
"I support your efforts [to promote guardianship]."
"It seems to me a guardian is required to do everything an owner is, but on a higher level, with actual consideration for the health and well being of the living creature. If the term "owner" promoted better care than "guardian" then we'd all own children, wouldn't we?"
"To the well-being of animals everywhere."
"Dr. Katz - So great to work with you on behalf of the animals. God Bless You."
Carole C. Wilbourn
The Cat Therapist
"How can we possibly "own" a cat or other animal, whose exquisite range of emotions easily surpasses our own. I am forever learning new and creative ways to approach life from my cat. I feel privileged to be her guardian and strive to do best I can do to respect and nurture her life."
Swiss Figure Skating Champion
"I am Tiffany's best friend and after I see the humanly deeds, the humanly expression, the honesty, dignity, sensitivity, and truth, the respect and love she has for me I can do no less than treat her as my equal. How wonderful to be a guardian of such a spirit."
Six-time Canadian Ladies Champion and Olympic Team Member
"My dogs Harley and Maxx are more than pets to me, they are a part of my life. To mistreat them is the same as mistreating a family member. Their love for me is unconditional as is my love for them."
International Smooth Jazz Saxophonist
"When I had my first pet, I was just a young boy with Asthma.....so I had a very hard time being around my pet without being put in the hospital. As I got older, my Asthma subsided due to learning and playing the saxophone....so much so to the point to where I could finally have a pet. I noticed that after having my "pet" for so many years, that the term "pet" just didn't fit. My dog, to me, was more like a part of my family......he was part of my family! So, I changed the way I viewed him....and the way I viewed myself. Therefore, I challenge anyone and everyone to adopt and become a "guardian" to an animal. The rewards will be immediately noticeable on both sides!"
Tim Hockley – Publisher &
Dana Cox – Editor in Chief
(seen with Sabrina, rescued over 13 years ago, she remains lthe healthiest 15 year old Siberian Husky on the planet.)
“Animal Wellness Magazine has instituted a “Guardian” only policy and encourages all writers, advertisers and contributors to do the same. Awareness leads to education, education empowers individuals to take action and action ultimately leads to improving the lives of animals. Elliot, we applaud all that you and the IDA team do.”
“Please never talk in terms of ownership when it comes to any of our fellow creatures because we are all living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings. Guardian is the perfect word to use when it comes to the relationship between people and the other animals who share this one world, and IDA is doing brilliant work reminding us of this fact.”
“Rosario” on Will & Grace
“We have always referred to our animals, all rescued, as our Fur Kids. They, in their infinite wisdom, have taught us the most important sense – Common Sense.”
Ed Boks, General Manager
Los Angeles Animal Services
“Everything we do to enhance the human/animal bond minimizes the likelihood of an animal being relinquished. I support ‘guardian’ language as a powerful shift in the way we speak and think about the companion animals who share our lives. By truly understanding what it means to be a guardian, more animals will be adopted and rescued. The guardian initiative is leading to a better quality of life for animals as individuals, not as property.”
Carl Friedman, Director
San Francisco Department of Animal Care & Control
"It is my sincere belief that the result of increased numbers of people thinking and acting as 'guardians' of their animal companions will lead to fewer cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment, and to fewer animals being killed in our nation's shelters."
author Lauren's Story: An American dog in Paris
When we begin to speak of animals as intelligent, sentient and sensitive beings, we also begin to see and respect them as such, not mere commodities or property subject to abuse. I have never felt I "owned" the animals with whom Iíve lived, but rather that I cared for them, protected them, and learned from them. I love the term "guardian."