Animal Defense League

Rating: 4.86 stars   73 reviews


11300 Nacogdoches Road San Antonio TX 78217 USA


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.


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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

A staff of very dedicated people who love animals and love what they are doing make this shelter one of the best! The cleanliness, all the green spaces for the animals to exercise in, and the love shown by the staff and volunteers make for happy animals who are very appealing to those wanting to adopt.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am adopted my dog from ADL in May 2010. I still can not understand why she was there for 2 years prior to me adopting her. We had been through some trials and tribulations in our first year together, but ADL was there the whole way to help in any way that they could. The staff was super friendly and very helpful in helping me pick out my canine companion. Thanks to ADL for all the work that they do and for taking care of my baby all those years until she made her way into my heart and home.

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being a representative, a client, a volunteer, and a donor

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

There is nothing I would change about the organization itself---but I would like to see more donations come through to help the hundreds and thousands of animals that come through our doors to get the proper care and treatment that they would need

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted my yorkie-poo from the ADL. I was fostering him during his recovery after a major surgery (he was only 2 months old). I thank ADL for rescuing him dispite his condition and even more so, providing him with the necessary medical treatment he desperately needed. Their facility is on 12 acres and accomidates so many wonderful cats and dogs in a comfortable, fun and safe environment. The staff are very knowledgeable of the animals and they do a great job at education people on proper pet care and the importance of vaccines and all general health care.

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Being a representative, an adopter, donor and volunteer.

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

Other than provide them with donations to continue their mission of re-homing thousands of dogs and cats each year, nothing.

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