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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do such good work- Work so hard and connect with so many in the community to find forever homes for so many deserving animals

1 Judy144

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopt, sponsor, and volunteer at ADL. I love the staff and feel like part of the ADL family.

Jana8

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I volunteered here briefly until I found out they are getting funding from Sea World. I don't believe whales, dolphins and seals should be kept in captivity and suffer to make money to help other animals and make money for shareholders. It's cruel and inhumane. If you don't know that, watch Blackfish and The Cove and think about whether you'd like to live in your bathroom.

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ADL1934 06/30/2015

Jana8 - thank you for your passion about all of the living creatures in our world. Please note that the Animal Defense League is not funded by SeaWorld. We would love the opportunity to talk about any of your concerns and regain your participation in saving lives as an active volunteer. Please give us a call or stop by any time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the ADL for five years. I must say that over these years...the wonderful place keeps getting better and better! The commitment to helping our community care for abandoned, lost, discarded, and ill dogs, cats, puppies and kitties is so amazing. This no-kill shelter takes in and cares for those four-legged friends that others have given up on. I've seen some amazing care given to dogs that I didn't think would make it - the staff does whatever it takes to help them heal and find a new forever home. Every employee at the ADL cares about the dogs and cats: those that work in the on-site hospital, the kennel teams, adoption center, the volunteer coordinator, the thrift shop manager. the management team, the fundraising team, the public relations, the finance department, the grounds keepers, maintenance and security . . . . every single one! And, they appreciate the hours of help the volunteers give. While I donate my time...I also donate money because every dollar that I give is wisely spent on the right things that really make a difference. Thank you ADL of Texas!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Animal Defense League as often as I can, as ADL really makes a difference in our community by being one of the only alternatives for neglected, abandoned or injured cats and dogs. The hospital and their staff are amazing and truly show these animals kindness and love, besides all of the necessary medical treatment, shelter and food. ADL has very creative volunteer opportunities so there is always something new and different to do, no matter your age or experience. Their programs are always focused on making things better for the animals, so you always feel that you really made a difference during the time that you volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from ADL as a Christmas present for our daughter. When she got him, she said that it is the best present that she ever received - and he still is! Adopt from the ADL!!

5 Amber62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization saves a lot of animals from "death row" in San Antonio. The staff truly care about the animals' wellbeing and great strides have been made to improve facilities and increase capacity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ADL continues to be a well-run organization that goes over and above the call of duty in their care and compassion for these homeless animals. I am very proud to be a volunteer at the ADL!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the ADL for over 6 months and I have been awed by the care and love these animals are shown by the staff and volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at the Animal Defense League from top to bottom is committed to the same goal: to save and place as many orphaned or abandoned dogs and cats as possible into loving homes. And they are doing it better each year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just returned my 4th litter of Foster kittens to the ADL, ready for adoption. the staff at ADL is so supportive and take care of all the food and expenses. They even had a wonderful woman available to help me when I had questions about the bottle feeding.

Even though it is always a challenge to give them up without keeping at least one kitten, I know that I have helped give those precious little angels a good paw up on their lives. I always look forward to meeting my next litter; and each one takes a little piece of my heart with them when they go off to their Furever Homes. I am so happy that I quit watching kitten cams on the internet and started fostering, and I highly recommend it.