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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Defensa Animal de Rincon is a Puerto Rico based non profit working to increase sterilization rates among cats and dogs on the island while improving all animal lives through educational programs, awareness and offering assistance to animal rescuers.

Results: Hundreds of dogs and cats sterilized and many horses helped. We share our exact numbers at the beginning of each month. On our blog DefensaRincon.org/OurNumbers and on our Facebook/DefensaRincon page

Target demographics: anyone in Puerto Rico rescue/help a dog, cat or horse

Direct beneficiaries per year: helped hundreds of dogs and cats living on the streets, via spay/neuter and adoptions. We helped injured or neglected horses.

Geographic areas served: animal welfare and rescue for un-owned animals of Puerto Rico. Our animals are FREE to GREAT homes. They are vaccinated and sterilized, because money is something we can come up with - great homes is something harder to find!

Programs: Open Rescue, Free Horse Class, Trap & Release

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These are wonderful people in the trenches, getting their hand dirty to make this world a better place for mistreated animals. You won't find a nonprofit that will worh harder and do more good with your dollars.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Princess was found with her 2 babies in North of PR, I was their foster while DAR paid all vet care the 2 babies found their forever home in Chicago and I am happy to announce I will be Princess' forever mom! Princess likes to sleep in my bed and she is kind of a destroyer but i do love those ears and that wet nose she loves to have attention! Second story Ash (white dog) he was found in Guanica in terrible conditions DAR once again paid vet services and got him in great condition he had severe skin problems he flew 3 weeks ago and he is currently in NY being fostered waiting for his forever home :) Thanks DAR so much without you these 4 happy endings wouldve not been possible!!

Adi C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Defense Animal De Rincon! We have a very sweet mama cat that was abandoned at our house and has recently had 5 kittens. Trying to find homes for kittens in Rincon is like selling water by the river but Defense is doing so much to help us get the word out and also to cover the costs of having the mother spayed.

Hopefully she can now have a break in life and not have to keep having babies all the time.

Thank you Defensa Animal De Rincon!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Unbelievable the wonderful experience I had. Saved my sato.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited Rincon, Puerto Rico 3 years ago on vacation, where I met an extremely fearful, skinny, apparently nursing young dog mother. My sister and I tamed and fed her for the week we were there, having several conversations with Cynthia from DAR, who encouraged us to take her with us when we left because that would be the best fate for her. Neither my sister nor I thought this could be possible, so we had to leave her behind. The next day another DAR volunteer found this sweet, scared dog, and was able to get her in the car to take her home and foster her, along with her many other foster dogs.
When I got back home, I sent DAR a bunch of pictures of this doggy so they could put her up for adoption on their website. The next day, I saw her picture up there, and realized I needed to have her with me. So the DAR folks organized everything (these are all volunteers, mind you) from her health certificate to a ride to the airport at midnight for her journey to Boston.
My sweet Pupito (I know it should be Pupita--forget about it!) is living on Cape Cod now, fat and happy, thanks to the infinitely kind and generous folks of DAR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defensa has been an integral part to assisting me in the foster and ultimate adoption out of 5 different animals. Animals that were doomed for a life on the street. One pair that sticks with me in particular were Rex and Rollo. Both dogs were on the beach, completely emaciated, Rex in particular with oozing wounds and near death. Defensa answered the call and found a way to leverage financial assistance as well as find an organization that was ready to place them both on their adoption list. Both dogs now reside with families in the United States and are healthy and loved. This is a group that always finds ways to say "Yes" instead of no and works to better the lives of many animals here in Puerto Rico

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with DAR for a few years for different regards. There were very professional and extremely helpful in taking care of what often seems like an out-of-control stray dog situation in our area of Puerto Rico.
Recently, I have adopted a great local stray that I have called flash. I need cleaning a photo so you can enjoy him as much as I am, or almost!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to everybody at DAR for providing amazing support and desperately needed medical services, care, food and shelter for all the beautiful animals in and around Rincon - and Puerto Rico. My wife's family is from Anasco and we go to Puerto Rico many times a year and to see the difference that DAR is making for the animals is absolutely heartwarming. Thank you thank you thank you for making such a difference in the world

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Mitchell B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people dedicated to helping the homeless animals here. Thank you for what you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working on a volunteer basis with Defensa Animal de Rincon (DAR) for a number of years now. CC, the VEEP for DAR, this wonderful animal rescue group, is really great to work with. She and her organization are very committed to the rescue, fostering, and placement of countless numbers of animals into forever homes. This commitment is for dogs, and cats, and horses. CC and DAR have started a group in our town for horses, in which she and others work with local youth, giving group lessons and tutorials on how horses need to be treated and handled. There are so many animals that have been placed into great forever homes through DAR, after having been abandoned and/or abused--it is a great pleasure to be associated with this important organization in our community.

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