Allie Phillips

Author, attorney, educator and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims


Allie Phillips is an internationally-recognized author, attorney, educator and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims, receiving a Top Defender of Animals award in 2015. She is a legal expert on the linkage between violence to animals and people, therapy animals helping crime victims, sheltering pets of domestic violence, human-animal interactions, and pound seizure (shelter animals used in research). Allie has significant criminal prosecution trial experience as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Michigan, and has trained prosecutors and criminal justice professionals since 1997. She joined the National District Attorneys Association in 2003 where she trained on child abuse issues, including the linkage between violence to animals and children. In 2007, she joined American Humane Association as the Vice President of Public Policy and then Vice President of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives, managing the Washington D.C. office where she was responsible for lobbying and advocacy on child and animal welfare legislation. She developed and managed national initiatives including creating the first written guidelines how housing pets at family violence shelters (Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) ™) and launched Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK)™ Program. In 2011, Ms. Phillips rejoined NDAA to launch and direct the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse to raise awareness of how animal abuse co-occurs with other crimes.

Ms. Phillips privately consults and teaches for organizations including the Institute of Human-Animal Connection at University of Denver and the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, by the Associated Press, and in The Washington Post, USA Today, Denver Post, Cat Fancy Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine (Canada), Colorado Public Radio, Washington Public Radio, and national animal radio talk shows. Allie joined the GNCPTC Speakers Bureau in 2017.