Animal Defense League

Rating: 4.96 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth

Location: 11300 Nacogdoches Road San Antonio TX 78217 USA

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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am adopted my dog Tito from The Animal Defense League in July 2012. I still can not understand who could have ever made the choice to surrender him in the first place. He is amazing and without ADL I would never found my forever family member. . Thanks to ADL for all the work that they do and for taking care of my little man until he made his way into our heart and home.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The staff works extra hard to make sure all the dogs and cats find their forever homes! I'm so excited to adopt Navy an amazing bulldog that came to ADL with a broken jaw. The staff didn't hesitate to preform emergency surgery on a Saturday night to save this awesome dog's life. Everyone is caring and compassionate and I know that the dogs and cats in the kennels are their main prioriry.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted a dog who had spend a long period of time at the shelter being overlooked. The staff really went out of their way to match our dog with the right home, and of course, he fits in completely after only two months. These people know their dogs, give great advice and are genuinely interested in how he's been coming along. My family is so happy with our newest pet, so I'm giving them a full 5 stars!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Adopting a homeless pet from ADL has been life-changing! The love that a shelter animal gives is so much more than ever expected. Thank you to the ADL and their staff for their mission of saving all of these furry lives!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Animal Defense League of Texas truly makes a difference, every second of every day, by quietly and diligently doing the right thing for the over 330,000 stray animals in San Antonio. They give care for those cats and dogs that no one else will give a chance at life, no matter the monetary cost and give that animal the love, medical care and attention that it needs to be able to be matched with its perfect home. The rescue stories are numerous and happen every day. The "happy tails" abound as families connect with their adopted dog or cat. It's incredible the difference these animals make in their adoptive families lives. It's a truly magical place where miracles occur every day. We are truly blessed to have ADL as such an important part of our community. Thank you for giving a voice to all of those who cannot speak for themselves and advocating for those who have no one.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am honored to be a volunteer at this incredible non-profit organization! They are 100% donation-driven and do a fantastic job of connecting families with their new forever friends!! They also run an incredible hospital that treats animals in crisis and offers low-cost spay/neuter services, heartworm treatments. ADL also goes to local schools to educate kids on the importance of animal care and kindness. ADL makes a huge difference in our community on very limited resources.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In 2010 ADL connected 3,131 cats and dogs with their forever families!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them raise more corporate donations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last Saturday we adopted a cat their at ADL and we can be more happier. He was on special for ten dollars and he was already fixed, microchip, and had all his shots. He was limping when we got him home so we called them and they told us to bring him back to be seen by the vet for not charge. He is the sweetest thing ever, I can't see life without him. I am so blessed to have him. His name was charlie but we changed it to Sheldon (from the Big Bang Theory) . I just hope he does not give us a roommate agreement

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them update pictures of pets on their website.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first dog I got when I was a little girl my family and I got from ADL. Little bugger was 6 months and is still kickin today almost 13 years later. We also got my second dog there a few years later. Then we adopted our second cat from there. I absolutely adore what ADL does for the animals in their care. My husband and I will be adopting OUR first cat from there when we find one we fall in love with there, we're always swinging by there for a quick look!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More space for more animals so they're less apt to turn animals away!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 3 stars  

In 1998 I adopted by two beatiful calico girls from them and thru the years hade make my life rich and beatiful. However in 2000 while at the mall, we foud 5 kittens abandoned in a scorching 95 degress in the boiling sidewalk outside of the Foley's. My husband and 2 other nice souls help to scoop them all (I'm handicap, so I direct only), we quickly drive to the ADL where I was told that they were full and would not take them, they advise us to take them to the pound to be put down. I rebeled to this idea and took them home, we kept 2 (a little tortishell .6 lb and a black boy .9 lb). The next day I called shelters until I found one to take them and I gave them a hefty donation. This left a bitter taste on my mouth of an organization that should help save, no kill critters. They can call themselves no kill, but believe me that other people would have follow their advise and they all would have been kill. So this is a kill organization, believe it. However they do help MUCH more than a pound so help and DONATE.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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Rating: 5 stars  

So glad they were there to give my four-legged baby a temporary home so we could find her! Can't imagine our lives without our sweet little dog!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted "Zoey" from ADL in June 2008. ADL had rescued her from Animal Control Services. She had just been spayed the day before. I had made several trips to the ADL just looking as I wanted a "small" dog. The staff was always very helpful, very friendly and caring. Zoey was VERY skinny when we got her but after some TLC and good food she came around very quickly, and is now abit "overweight" I really admire the fact they rescue from other shelters when possible, this SAVES lots of lives. Zoey has turned out to be the BEST dog Ive ever owned, shes so very loving, needless to say she is like a child to me :-) We soon found out she enjoys "singing" :-) You absolutely cannot go wrong with adoption. Reasonable fees, shots, spay and neuter provided, plus microchip! Two thumbs up for ADL

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My Wife and I had our 2 family dogs (Bizcocho & Bella) stolen from us at gun point in Dec 2010. We came to the Animal Defense League, not to replace the 2 we lost in the robbery, but to fill the void in our hearts from such a tragic loss. The staff were very understanding and assisted us in our time of need. We adopted "Nacho & Lola" (Brother & Sister) in Jan 2011. We were so happy with these two, that we adopted a third pup "Moe"from the Animal Defense League the following July. We will never forget "Bizcocho & Bella" but are happy to have our "trio" in our lives. Many Thanks to the Animal Defense League in San Antonio, Texas!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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