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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth

Mission: Chartered in 1934, the Animal Defense League is a "no-kill," nonprofit organization dedicated to enhyancing the quality of life for agbandoned and abused dogs and cats by providing shelter, medical care, food and safety.  While maintaining a healthy and loving facility, the League consistently works to find the best possible home for each resident animal. Support by voluntary contributions and directed by a volunteer board, the League provides programs and services which strengthen the bond between animals and people.  Through grassroots advocacy, education, legal intervention and rescue, the organization is the leading voice for dogs and cats.

Programs: Through this program, ADL is able to bring in ill or injured animals and treat them medically and/or surgically.  At another area shelter, these animals would no doubt be euthanized but have another chance at life through this program. In 2009, ADL was able to treat nearly 2,000 animals ... animals who would otherwise be in pain or crippled and surely would die and horrible death on the streets or in abusive homes.  Because of the espertise of our veterinarian, many of these animals can have orthopedic surgery, which allows them to have a healthy and active life. This is an ongoing program made possible through the generosity of donors and foundations.  Started in 2005, the Animals in Crisis Program has helped thousands of animals in our community.

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Kennel staff is knowlegable, but overly possessive, felt judged the entire time. Couldn't find anyone to answer questions about volunteering .... on a Saturday in the summer!!! Adoption center is small and smells like cat ... probably because of the one that lives there (can't adopt it). Most buildings were full of dogs you couldn't see, others seemed empty.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Animal Defense League has always provided first class service at the best price possible. Thanks to all the employees for a job well done.

Review from Guidestar

Anna-Laura Howell Block

Board Member

Rating: 5

AFL is the greatest animal shelter in San Antonio! They work so hard to rescue animals, give them medical care and find their forever home. The campus is always friendly and clean. They never euthanize to make room for an animal and ha e staff with the highest integrity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal Defense League is the greatest no-kill shelter on the planet! Not only have I adopted dogs and cats, I have also fostered kittens. ADL champions the animals that needs forever homes. Many of the animals have been abandoned or abused. Not only can you visit the ADL for your next best friend but you can also access their website at adltexas.org Everyday ADL performs miracles by taking in animals from the community and from ACS. Each animal is give. A wellness exam and medical treatment for any problems.

Please visit the ADL for your next dog or cat.

Anna-Laura Block

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If I could give the Animal Defense League 6 stars, I would. What an amazing organization that does so much good! If you've ever visited this facility, you'll notice the amazing staff that is eager to assist. Plus, you'll also notice no God-awful smells. I love the Animal Defense League.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So many great things to say about ADL

the folks that work and volunteer there are smart, compassionate people. The facilities are wonderful. It's evident they care about the environment that the homeless animals live there. All I can say is 'WOW' about their new state of the art facilities.

I live out of town and support this great organization with periodic monetary donations and with items that I bring for their resale fundraising shop.

The fact that they have been a steady fixture in San Antonio for so many years and are truly a NO KILL shelter is testament that they have made good decisions over the years. They have a positive steadfast reputation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having served as a volunteer first, I was able to see first-hand the hard-working and dedicated staff that care for the abandoned dogs and cats that come to the shelter. With such an endless stream of homeless pets coming in the door every day, it is a testament to their compassion and care that they show the same high level of devotion to them all.

More recently, as a Board Member, it gives me great satisfaction to help support the mission of these fine folks and continue to be of service. As the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in the area, Animal Defense League continues to set the bar higher to do more, save more and unite more abandoned dogs and cats with loving families and into their forever homes. There is no stronger advocate for these whose voices may not otherwise be heard.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My father picked up two stray dogs from the neighborhood that needed forever homes. ADL set up a take-in inte view, provided fabulous website photos and personal descriptions for them, and found the perfect homes for their individual personalities. They are the most exceptional and caring adoption group for cats and dogs in the Texas area. Lucky to have them helping our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ADL of San Antonio is the greatest! I Love to support them. They make all of their animals special on their website - even the ones that might be a little harder to place. The facility is always renovating and improving the spaces for the dogs and cats. They are very involved with the community in ways that help place their animals in successful forever homes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My experience started with my awesome Zelda...adopted thru the Animal Defense League. I found her difficult to control at first, but with training thru their Puppy Obedience Classes, she is now very now manageable. I love this place, their work and I have sponsored five additional pups through ADL that have successfully been adopted. Another adoption from ADL is in our near future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The animal defense league has helped me save 2 dogs in the past year, and without their help I don't know what I would have done. The first was a very skinny chihuahua that had been abandoned, and even though they didn't have room for him right away they guaranteed him a spot as soon as space was available. The second was a 50 lb mix that I had found on the side of the road with a broken hip, and they took her in and got her the medical care she needed. Both dogs are now in loving homes thanks to the animal defense league.