The Georgia Alliance for Companion Animal Protection (GACAP) is a high Impact network of organizations dedicated to improving companion animal welfare through legislative advocacy at the Georgia Capitol. Comprised of 501c3 and 501c4 nonprofit organizations, we believe that working together can bring about positive change for animals more effectively. State legislators have repeatedly emphasized that consensus messaging is one of the most influential means of lobbying for policy change. Simply put, broad coalitions are more likely to win legislative campaigns!
Who Can Participate in the Alliance?
Why Should Your Organization Participate in the Alliance?
The Alliance is not incorporated or registered as a formal organization. The Alliance relies on a coordinated commitment from member organizations to support an annual package of policies for consideration by the Georgia General Assembly and/or Executive Branch. Any organization that supports the Alliance’s legislative goals can be a member. It is understood that not all member organizations share identical ideological interests. However, the purpose of the Alliance is to stand united where our goals align. Membership does not preclude organizations from independently pursuing policies unrelated to the Alliance’s strategic legislative agenda. As a courtesy to the Alliance lobbyists, any member submitting a separate bill to the GA General Assembly should notify the Leadership Lobby Team.
Leadership Lobby Team:
The Leadership Lobby Team includes organizations that work legislatively at the state level. They are responsible for developing the annual and long-range strategic plans, devising consensus messaging and fact sheets for legislators, and planning the Alliance’s annual events. Professional lobbyists are charged with advocating the Alliance’s policy recommendations before the Georgia General Assembly and the Executive Branch. As the only GA-based 501c4 focused on companion animal welfare, the Georgia Pet Coordinator serves as the coordinator for the Alliance and liaison to general members.
GACAP Planning Sessions (August-December) – Leadership Lobby Team and Adjunct Policy Committees
Open House (November) – Potential Member Orgs
GACAP Humane Legislative Summit (December) – All Member Orgs
Co-Host with HSUS-GA and GPC for Animal Rescue Recognition Day/Lobby Day at the GA Capitol (February 2022)