Animal Defense League

Rating: 4.9 stars   58 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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Over many years of living in San Antonio my family has adopted pets from them. I adopted my most recent kitty December 29, 2010. He is a happy, healthy loving little guy. My previous cat had passed away about six months prior to my adoption of Andre in 2010. I was having a hard time thinking about the kitty I had lost during the adoption process for Andre. I felt kind of dumb feeling so sad when I should have been jumping with joy that I was getting a new fur friend to bring home. The lady working with me was so kind & told me that it happens often when people adopt a new pet when they have lost a pet recently. She made me feel "normal" again. I always recommend to anyone who is wanting to adopt to go there. They have a wonderful facility, very nice personnel & the animals are happy & healthy & very well cared for as they wait for the forever home.

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  

We adopted a lab mix in November 2008. Cici has turned out to be the best dog ever! We were so impressed with the compassion and love that the ADL staff/volunteers provided the animals during our two visits. The adoption process was easy and we look forward to going back one day to adopt a cat.

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?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted a precious little dog, Malcolm, in the 1990s who was part of our family for 16 years. I was impressed with ADL's commitment to find homes for dogs and cats, the careful interview process for adoptive "parents" and their strong links in the community with vets and dog training. I know they have strong leadership through their board - it is an organization worthy of support.

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

A lot

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have adopted three dogs from the Animal Defense League. All three dogs have different issues that, if taken to many kill shelters in San Antonio, would have been cited as a cause to put them to sleep. However, the Animal Defense League took these dogs in and treated what issues they could and worked with the issues that could not be treated medically. They gave these dogs a second chance at life and happiness. Now, instead of being homeless dogs, these dogs live at home with me being spoiled and loved on as much as possible. I'm so grateful to the Animal Defense League for saving the lives of these animals so that these dogs could enrich my life.

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

The dogs I have adopted from this shelter have enriched my life so incredibly.

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

I would like them to be more involved in the community so that more people can adopt animals from them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

On my 3rd Dog since 1984 adopted from this organization. They do great work and really care for the animals. Oldest such NO KILL organization in San Antonio. All privately funded so they really are great stewards of their resources as compared with other animal rescue centers. I highly reccommend ADL if you are seeking a new "family" member; dogs or cats!

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

adpotive Pets

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

none

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

How did you find this group?

down the street

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

adoption of pets who really need homes

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

We lost 2 dogs within 8 months, one to kidney disease and the second to 'broken heart syndrome'. We came here to find a new pup because the house was too quiet and we couldn't bear it. We found a puppy here who wouldn't leave us alone, sat in our lap, looking intently to our face. Even when we went into the next-door pen, there was this same little guy who was now barking at us, trying to get his nose through the fence.
So, this little puppy, named John Lennon was going to be our new kid. Luckily, the volunteer who was manning the puppy room came to our rescue....it was so crowded that day, we didn't hear them when they called our name for the interview. This volunteer hiked all the way back to the office, looked around the waiting room, spotted us, and said, "You're here for John Lennon, right?" We were just sitting there, had no idea was was happening. The counselor had called us--we didn't hear, and she told the volunteer to put John Lennon back up for adoption. But that volunteer remembered us, he remember how taken we were with John Lennon and he didn't believe for a second that we had left. He knew how much we had bonded with that awesome puppy. It's now 4 years and 2 months later and I am so appreciative of ADL for taking care of Ned (aka John Lennon) and my deepest thanks to that volunteer who made sure Ned made it home with us.

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

my day to day life. I have an amazing dog that bring my and my family joy every day. Our plans are made around this dog!

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

Maybe more fund raisers... solicit bands/shows for benefits. Outdoor festivals where people can bring their rescue dogs and the shelter dogs are available for walks, bonding, etc.

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

How did you find this group?

My husband grew up in SA, so he knew about it.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I know i can't ever be dog-less

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our cat from ADL and would not even consider getting a pet anywhere else! She was so well-loved and taken care of by the staff and volunteers. Thank you for all that you do to made people's lives better by connecting them with their adopted pets!

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

Pet adoption

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

Make more people aware of it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Animal Defense League is the best place to adopt a dog or a cat, I know this first-hand. Our family adopted a little Terrier-Mix named, "Cricket". Not only did the ADL see to it that life-saving surgeries were done to save her life but they kept her safe and loved until we came to adopt her and give her a permanent home. We love our little dog so much that we tell anyone and everyone that the Animal Defense League is the best place to go. They are located at 11300 Nacogdoches Road and are open to the public 7 days a week. The staff was not only accommodating but tended to our every need and anticipated what we didn't think of ourselves. God Bless the ADL and all it does to help San Antonio and its problems of strays and unwanted animals. They work hard to make sure that each animal is the right "new addition" to each family and go to great lengths to make sure both animal and adopted family is THE BEST! I have not only adopted an animal from the ADL but my money and in-kind donations go there as well. I have seen the "good works" and daily miracles that are performed at the ADL and know that they do all they can to help the animals that find themselves at their door. They are a non-profit and make good use of every dollar donated so that as many animals as possible can benefit from it. IF FOR ANY REASON A PERSON CANNOT ADOPT AN ANIMAL, PLEASE CONSIDER SPONSORING ONE UNTIL IT FINDS ITS PERMANENT HOME. Without help from caring people in our community willing to donate, the ADL would not be able to keep its doors open. Thank you, ADL, WE LOVE ALL THAT YOU DO!

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

I have personally experienced the great results of this organization as we adopted a dog from the ADL,

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

make none!

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

How did you find this group?

I heard about it through my daughter and many friends who have had great experiences with the ADL

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They have encouraged me to take more of a lead/effort to help with the NO-KILL situation in San Antonio and to realize that without donations they would not exist. They help to educate children on how to treat an animal and they help to stop abuse. They also take animals into the lives of the elderly. There is NOTHING that the ADL cannot do and everyday, they are making miracles and saving lives!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

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!!

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

Adoption services

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

Give it more exposure

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