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1 Laura290

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The hard work by Adri and those volunteers who help this organization is AMAZING! The dedication and love for all animals should not go unnoticed. The passion for these animals and to literally turn your own personal home into an animal rescue takes everything one has to its limits. I personally have one of Adri's rescues and have fostered numerous dogs from her facility. I'd like to give her much more than five stars. Anyone that can help and support this organization please do....I encourage everyone to give whatever they can spare to allow Adri to continue to save soooo many animals.

3 Susan454

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with the president and founder of this organization for many years. Adri Galler has paved the way for many non profit animal rescue groups in Puerto Rico. She runs her own shelter, moving thousands of animals off the streets of Puerto Rico onto the US mainland, depending solely on donations from private citizens. She has algo organized many spay and neuter events in poor neighborhoods and began bringing an Animal Control Officer and Cruelty Investigator program to Puerto Rico several years ago. Thanks to her efforts, there are now almost 300 ACO/CI's on the island working hand in hand with police officers to deal with the problem of animal cruelty and abandonment cases on the island. She's one of the pioneers in Puerto Rico and I urge you to support her continuing efforts to put an end to this problem on the island.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amigos de los Animales in Puerto Rico is such a great organization, I don't know where to start writing this review. The problem of stray dogs on the island is shocking and saddening. Amigos de los Animales (ADLA) is swimming upstream with new and sad cases every day, but they do everything they can to help every single dog. Even though sometimes it looks like there is no hope, ADLA will make sure that doggy survives or at least has known love in its life! I cannot imagine how it must be to take care of all those dogs day in, day out 24/7, so I can only say that I have a lot of respect for every single part of the team.



1

Donor

Rating: 5

I know the great need that unwanted animals have in Puerto Rico, and because of the incredibly large number of homeless animals on the streets, they have literally become "invisible", because they are everywhere and you're expected to see them. Everyday. More than one. It only becomes a "problem" when they're on your way. Then they're a nuisance.
That's when animal sanctuaries such as "Amigos De Los Animales" get involved and try to rescue as many as they possibly can. The work is hard, never ending, resource exhausting, and incredibly demanding, but most of all, as they themselves would tell you, exceedingly rewarding. They deserve our help.

3 Lisa538

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amigos de los Animales is a wonderful organization run by one of the most compassionate and dedicated women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have visited and volunteered with Amigos & Adri several times and highly recommended learning more about and donating to this organization. Every dollar donated truly goes right to the animals and the cause.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that saved my dog, Bella, from Dead Dog Beach. I'll attach a photo of the book I've written about her rescue and her work as a certified therapy dog. Bella was saved from this dangerous and terrible place, fostered by a local woman, then sent to the shelter in Puerto Rico and flown to Newark, NJ to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. My husband and I adopted Bella at about four months old. Without Amigos de los Animales Bella wouldn't have made it. I can't recommend this group strongly enough and they really need your support. Check out Bell's website: www.joyunleashed.org.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Every year we visit my husband's family in PR and every year we return to Boston wanting to bring a sato home. Last year, I found Amigos de los Animales while searching how to adopt a sato. I immediately fell in love with a picture of an adoptable dog, Alysha, who looked like a corgi mixed with a fox. I called Adri and spoke w/ her at length about our family (twin girls, 2 cats, an old Jack Russell terrier) and how she thought Alysha would do. Adri assured me that Alysha was "good w/ kids, good w/ other dogs, and not sure about cats, but will probably be fine because she'll want to please you. She loves to go on car rides and would make a good agility dog because she loves to jump" I'll never forget picking Alysha up at the airport w/ my daughters. Adri was honest and so dedicated. Alysha is the perfect fit for our family! Satos make great pets and Amigos de los Animales is a great organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is INCREDIBLE. My husband found it when we were on a cruise which had departed from San Juan. We fell in love with a stray dog in the mountains and decided that if we could find him again, we would do anything in our power to take him home. When my husband called the number for Amigos de los Animales (which he found through searching the web), we immediately connected with Adri -- and history was made! She helped us find "Coqui," got him the proper vet treatment, and shipped him back to NY for us once he was strong enough to fly. He is my soul-mate pup and a VIP family member. A year later Adri sent us "Dimas," Coqui's brother-from-another-mother (haha) -- who immediately connected with my infant daughter (and they've been inseparable ever since). Adri is so deeply committed to the dogs (and to the people!) that she rescues - and it was amazing how she came to know us and know Coqui enough to pick out the perfect new addition to the family. I have known her now for many years and am inspired by the love and devotion she feels for the animals and the many sacrifices she has made to keep the nonprofit running. Please support this great organization. You can see from the photo how much joy these pups have brought to our lives, all thanks to Amigos for rescuing them.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met anyone that cares so much about every single dog like Adri! ADLA is an amazing organization and everyone at Amigos de Los Animales puts their heart and soul into the rescue work.
My family adopted a Puerto Rican Sato, and we couldn't be any happier!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Amigos de los Animales is a true grass roots non-profit! Adri, the founder, truly cares for and goes above and beyond for the abandoned animals in Puerto Rico. She runs her shelter from her own house-taking care of, feeding, bathing, vaccinating--and most important sterilizing all the animals she rescues. Due to the poor economic situation of the island, I really admire Adri's commitment, spark and drive to continue on and look to and work for a brighter future for the animals! Donations go 100% towards the care and rehabilitation of the animals.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amigos is a grassroots, totally hands-on rescue that is literally on the front lines every day in Puerto Rico helping the endless tide of abused and abandoned animals there. I have worked with them personally and know that every dollar donated goes directly to the care of these animals in need. Funds are always low because of the huge vet bills incurred from treating and sterilizing the animals and there are simply not enough homes for them but founder Adri continues to devote her life to caring for the dozens of animals that are housed in her home turned shelter.

3 Jennifer531

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do not have enough wonderful things to say about Amigos De Los Animales (ADLA)! ADLA provides a very difficult service to the island of Puerto Rico due to the horrific problem of animal over population and general lack of education on animal care and welfare. ADLA does their best to take in dogs off the street that are abused, neglected, and often very ill. They get the animals vet care, socialize them, and then help find new homes in the US main land when possible. They are also very active on the island in neuter/ spay programs and education.

They are a hard working and dedicated group that have a very difficult mission. Puerto Rico has been in an economic recession for over a decade now and with more troubled economic times in the foreseeable future, many people are moving to the US mainland. With the large numbers of people leaving, ADLA are seeing an even bigger influx of abandoned animals on the street. The dog overpopulation crisis in PR has always been a problem, but in light of the local economic crisis, it has become increasingly difficult for local animal organizations to find funding and assistance.

In spite of the economic hardships, and the shelters bursting at the seams with dogs, these amazing heroes keep at it every day for the sake of the animals. They are selfless, hardworking people who live everyday with a passion for the animals, and who stand up for what is right. They do not let discouraging situations keep them from tending to the animals that rely on them.

This is a top notch organization worthy of praise and admiration.

4 Juan M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly blessed to have been touched by the work of Adri and her husband and the miracles that they do on a daily basis at Amigos. I came to learn about Amigos over a year ago from my son, who chose to volunteer there on weekends for his school. Then, last month, I witnessed a horrible accident where a beautiful yellow labrador-mix ran out into traffic and was hit by a Mack truck. I was able to rescue the dog and take him to a local vet, who was able to treat him for his injuries. I decided to adopt this beautiful dog, but I don't live on the island and had nowhere to leave him until he was well enough to fly. Thanks to Amigos, they offered to keep him safe and even took him to follow-up doctors visits related to complications from the accident. For Adri, it was just one more rescue out of the hundreds of lives that she has saved. Please support the work of Amigos. They offer a special place where so many helpless animals have found shelter, food and love. Now all they need are families to adopt them.

3 Michelle354

Donor

Rating: 5

These are truly loving and dedicated people who help neglected and abused animals on a real grassroots level. The entire organization is volunteer, so your entire contribution goes straight through to help the animals -- for food, medical attention and their general well-being . Adri Galler has made her family home a refuge for these animals and makes sure that they are rehabilitated and that they find their forever homes. Please support their wonderful work!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

This is truly an amazing organization which is presently run by just one individual, Adri Galler Lastra. She gives tirelessly to so many abandoned and mistreated animals and has opened her own home to shelter these poor creatures. Amigos also offers school children (and their families) with the opportunity for community service hours which many schools now require (thankfully). The children and adults that come to volunteer at Amigos are changed forever by the experience. Well done Amigos!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and colaborating with the president of Amigos de los Animales (ADLA) since 2009 and have been amazed by how much the organization has grown and developed. The shelter rehabilitates and homes over 100 dogs each year and finds loving homes for them in Puerto Rico and the U.S. They also work with local vets to neuter and vaccinate as many dogs as possible to help solve the overpopulation problem at its root cause. I created the current ADLA logo on the t-shirts and assisted the organization in its sale and distribution of the shirts, marketing campaign, video creation and social media presence. I have raised over $800 through fundraisers at the University of Richmond where I have spread awareness of the organization to Alpha Phi Omega, a volunteer fraternity of over 100 members who plans to support ADLA in the future. I do all of this as a volunteer because of the love I have for their mission and the visible work that they do. My family has now adopted 3 adorable dogs from this shelter and plans to continue this relationship in the future. Due to the devastating economic situation in Puerto Rico, families have been abandoning their animals in larger numbers and dogs who are already homeless are not being taken in. ADLA needs all the help they can get right now so if you are looking for a loving companion or can make any donation amount, please help this wonderful non-profit.