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  

3 people found this review helpful

Great organization! The only thing better than being involved with the ADL is knowing that it finds good homes for so many homeless dogs and cats. The staff works very hard to make sure the pets are in good health and to match adoptive parents with the right pet. The care that these pets receive while waiting for foster parents is second to none.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

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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3 people found this review helpful

The Animal Defense League of San Antonio is the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in our city. It is the premier haven for the abandoned, abused, neglected and forgotten dogs and cats in our community. The Staff and Volunteers of ADL are dedicated to finding each resident its forever home, all the while taking care of its medical needs. The Staff and Volunteers serve as the voice for these animals that have no one and are completely dependent on the care given them at the Animals Defense League. The ADL works through grass-roots advocacy, education, legal intervention and rescue. The people at ADL enhance the quality of life for each resident until its adoptive home is found. I have never seen more compassion and effort given on a daily basis than I do at this shelter. Their willingness to help animals in need and animals in crisis is outstanding and should be applauded. They are making history as they are the leading advocates for dogs and cats in San Antonio. I encourage everyone to not only come and view the campus and all its residents but to donate to this worthwhile organization that champions such a great cause in our city.

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

I would not make any changes to this organization as it upholds the highest of ethics and it the forerunner in their category of helping animals. Animal Defense League serves as the role model for all others.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

The Animal Defense League (ADL) is the oldest NO-KILL shelter in San Antonio. Our tag line speaks volumes, "WE TAKE THEM IN. YOU TAKE THEM HOME." We strive to give all our animals the best opportunities to find their "forever home" thanks to our PHENOMENAL STAFF. We take in many animals that would be euthanized due to either a money issue or lack of a veterinarian being able to perform such high-end services. At ADL our mission is to serve as the "leading voice for dogs and cats in need." ONLY if a dog or cat is beyond medical treatment and is suffering, is euthanasia considered, otherwise, our animals are here for adoption or may live out their lives with us. I cannot say enough great things about the ADL and know first-hand as our dog, "Cricket" was adopted from there. Our animals are treated with the utmost care and our staff is unparalleled. We set record numbers everyday for the amount of animals we spay/neuter and we strive each day to help San Antonio reach its NO-KILL goal. We are a 501C3 and receive no government funding. ADL IS THE BEST SHELTER ON THE PLANET TO FIND YOUR NEXT BEST FRIEND. Please see our facility, first-hand, and know what I have said is true. Come visit us at 11300 Nacogdoches. Anna-Laura Howell Block

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

I have served in the capacity as President and I have adopted a dog from ADL. I know, first-hand, how great this shelter is. The amazing efforts put forth by everyone associated with ADL is UNPARALLELED! I am so proud of the work ADL does for the unwanted, abused or neglected animals of San Antonio and surrounding areas. WE ARE NUMBER 1.

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

Make it bigger so that more animals could be rescued.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Adoption of my dog, "Cricket" and read about it constantly in the paper and view it on TV.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Taking in more animals and finding them forever homes so that our community can reach, "NO KILL" status.

What is its top priority in the long run?

NO-KIIl in San Antonio

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just adopted my second dog from ADL. What a great experience that was. It's always a pleasure to work with knowledgeable and passionate employees. The ADL staff holds each of the pet resident’s welfare in their hearts. It's not just a job to them - it's their mission in life. They always go the extra mile to love and train the animals to boost their confidence and, consequently, their chance for a successful adoption. When my dogs and I are out, invariably folks comment about their good manners. I never miss the chance to say they’re rescues from ADL!

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

My two rescues from ADL have changed my life for the better. They both know they were given a second chance and are grateful friends.

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

I would love to ADL grow and expand to save more homeless and abused animals.

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