Ledy VanKavage

Senior legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society

Ledy VanKavage​Ledy VanKavage is the senior legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society. In 1985, she organized the Madison County Coalition Against Pound Seizure, successfully stopping the sale of pets for research in her county. She then founded the Madison County Humane Society (now Metro East Humane Society) and was its president for eight years. In 1992, she co-founded the Illinois Federation of Humane Societies and was a co-founder of Operation SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today).

Before coming to Best Friends, Ledy was the senior director of legislation and legal training for the ASPCA. She has spearheaded the passage of more than 30 humane state bills during her lobbying tenure and is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee. The recipient of the ABA’s Excellence in Animal Law Award for 2014, she has been interviewed by MSNBC, NPR, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Ledy and her husband, Cliff Froehlich, have an adopted pit bull terrier, Karma Korn. They also oversee a community cat colony.

Thursday, July 14, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Safer, More Humane Communities Through Fair Laws: How to Advocate for Animals