Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Animal Defense League

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth

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.

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Kennel staff is knowlegable, but overly possessive, felt judged the entire time. Couldn't find anyone to answer questions about volunteering .... on a Saturday in the summer!!! Adoption center is small and smells like cat ... probably because of the one that lives there (can't adopt it). Most buildings were full of dogs you couldn't see, others seemed empty.

1 Jesse17

Client Served

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Animal Defense League has always provided first class service at the best price possible. Thanks to all the employees for a job well done.

Review from Guidestar

Anna-Laura Howell Block

Board Member

Rating: 5

AFL is the greatest animal shelter in San Antonio! They work so hard to rescue animals, give them medical care and find their forever home. The campus is always friendly and clean. They never euthanize to make room for an animal and ha e staff with the highest integrity!

Previous Stories
3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Read more

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If I could give the Animal Defense League 6 stars, I would. What an amazing organization that does so much good! If you've ever visited this facility, you'll notice the amazing staff that is eager to assist. Plus, you'll also notice no God-awful smells. I love the Animal Defense League.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So many great things to say about ADL

the folks that work and volunteer there are smart, compassionate people. The facilities are wonderful. It's evident they care about the environment that the homeless animals live there. All I can say is 'WOW' about their new state of the art facilities.

I live out of town and support this great organization with periodic monetary donations and with items that I bring for their resale fundraising shop.

The fact that they have been a steady fixture in San Antonio for so many years and are truly a NO KILL shelter is testament that they have made good decisions over the years. They have a positive steadfast reputation.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having served as a volunteer first, I was able to see first-hand the hard-working and dedicated staff that care for the abandoned dogs and cats that come to the shelter. With such an endless stream of homeless pets coming in the door every day, it is a testament to their compassion and care that they show the same high level of devotion to them all.

More recently, as a Board Member, it gives me great satisfaction to help support the mission of these fine folks and continue to be of service. As the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in the area, Animal Defense League continues to set the bar higher to do more, save more and unite more abandoned dogs and cats with loving families and into their forever homes. There is no stronger advocate for these whose voices may not otherwise be heard.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My father picked up two stray dogs from the neighborhood that needed forever homes. ADL set up a take-in inte view, provided fabulous website photos and personal descriptions for them, and found the perfect homes for their individual personalities. They are the most exceptional and caring adoption group for cats and dogs in the Texas area. Lucky to have them helping our community.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

ADL of San Antonio is the greatest! I Love to support them. They make all of their animals special on their website - even the ones that might be a little harder to place. The facility is always renovating and improving the spaces for the dogs and cats. They are very involved with the community in ways that help place their animals in successful forever homes.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience started with my awesome Zelda...adopted thru the Animal Defense League. I found her difficult to control at first, but with training thru their Puppy Obedience Classes, she is now very now manageable. I love this place, their work and I have sponsored five additional pups through ADL that have successfully been adopted. Another adoption from ADL is in our near future.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The animal defense league has helped me save 2 dogs in the past year, and without their help I don't know what I would have done. The first was a very skinny chihuahua that had been abandoned, and even though they didn't have room for him right away they guaranteed him a spot as soon as space was available. The second was a 50 lb mix that I had found on the side of the road with a broken hip, and they took her in and got her the medical care she needed. Both dogs are now in loving homes thanks to the animal defense league.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsor ten four legged little guys at a time, And donate extra money. I've walked around & asked questions, they do everything for the animals to get them adopted into wonderful, forever homes. I vote nine stars.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Animal Defense League is a model for how to not only save animals, but to help them grow and thrive in a loving environment. Their success rate with adoptions is outstanding. I'd urge anyone interested in how to positively tackle the abandoned animal issue to visit ADL. Their campus is spacious and I'm especially pleased with the setup for cats; the kitties have air conditioned space with toys, food/water, and litter boxes, but also have access to a covered and screened outdoor space so they can get fresh air and enjoy the outside world. The staff at ADL genuinely care about the animals they house.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love ADL so much. I have adopted several pets since 1993, the last being a little Chihuahua mix who is just the sweetest little thing. I also am a sponsor. One of my sponsor dogs was recently adopted but have one left. I believe whole heartedly in this organization and everything they do to help these homeless and some times
abused animals

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my wonderful Bulldog mix (Rubble) from them nearly a year ago and he has been the best dog ever! Staff and volunteers are completely dedicated to finding the perfect forever home for every animal that comes through the doors. Very professional, caring and compassionate!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do such good work- Work so hard and connect with so many in the community to find forever homes for so many deserving animals

1 Judy144

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopt, sponsor, and volunteer at ADL. I love the staff and feel like part of the ADL family.

1 Sarah250

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ADL is such an amazing place! The staff are so caring and committed to helping pets find a good forever home which is a good fit for both the pet and owner. Just an inspiring place to adopt from.

1 Jana8

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I volunteered here briefly until I found out they are getting funding from Sea World. I don't believe whales, dolphins and seals should be kept in captivity and suffer to make money to help other animals and make money for shareholders. It's cruel and inhumane. If you don't know that, watch Blackfish and The Cove and think about whether you'd like to live in your bathroom.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

ADL1934 06/30/2015

Jana8 - thank you for your passion about all of the living creatures in our world. Please note that the Animal Defense League is not funded by SeaWorld. We would love the opportunity to talk about any of your concerns and regain your participation in saving lives as an active volunteer. Please give us a call or stop by any time.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the ADL for five years. I must say that over these years...the wonderful place keeps getting better and better! The commitment to helping our community care for abandoned, lost, discarded, and ill dogs, cats, puppies and kitties is so amazing. This no-kill shelter takes in and cares for those four-legged friends that others have given up on. I've seen some amazing care given to dogs that I didn't think would make it - the staff does whatever it takes to help them heal and find a new forever home. Every employee at the ADL cares about the dogs and cats: those that work in the on-site hospital, the kennel teams, adoption center, the volunteer coordinator, the thrift shop manager. the management team, the fundraising team, the public relations, the finance department, the grounds keepers, maintenance and security . . . . every single one! And, they appreciate the hours of help the volunteers give. While I donate my time...I also donate money because every dollar that I give is wisely spent on the right things that really make a difference. Thank you ADL of Texas!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!