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Defensa Animal De Rincon

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Founded in 2013, Defensa is a Federal and Puerto Rico Accredited Non Profit Animal Rescue Organization. Our EIN is 660811657. We communicate daily via DefensaRincon@gmail.com – we do not have a shelter or take in animals except for horses. We help people to rescue street animals in Puerto Rico via our Open Rescue Program. Along with Rincon's Pintos R Us Trail Rides, Defensa runs Hope4Horses, A program for rescuing, rehabilitating, funding and placing in forever Sanctuary homes more horses in need in Puerto Rico.

Results: Hundreds of homeless animals are helped yearly by Defensa. We share our exact numbers at the beginning of each month. On our blog DefensaRincon.org/OurNumbers and on our Facebook/DefensaRincon page

Target demographics: Rescue and Help unowned animals in Puerto Rico - Dogs, Cats & Horses mostly but we have helped cows and pigs too. If someone can use our programs we will not turn away an animal in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of homeless and sick or neglected animals in Puerto Rico

Geographic areas served: Animal Rescue - Unowned Animals - The Street Animals of Puerto Rico

Programs: Hope4Horses, Open Rescue, Free Horse Class, TNR Cats Trap & Release

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Claudia Patino T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for what you guys have done to save these beautiful animals. The first time my son visited Rincon He was 3 years old and the only reason he wanted to come back there because he was in love with Pappi. He visited Pappi every year and fed him. Pappi always was a good horse

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

A fantastic nonprofit which really make a difference to the people and animals of Puerto Rico. A marvellous group to which to donate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Defensa Animal De Rincon is a great rescue organization! They act first to remove the animal from harm's way, then ask for donations to help that particular animal. When I make a donation, I feel confident that the money is going to an animal of my choosing. I will continue to donate to Defensa Animal De Rincon whenever possible!

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Donor

Rating: 5

About a year ago I learned of the desperate plight of many domestic animals in Puerto Rico. By doing more research, I learned of Defensa de Rincon and their impact on assisting forgotten needy animals. I recall it was one of a few recommended charitable organizations of this kind on PR. I have since become a monthly supporter and seen more and more of the help they bring to animals. Regular reports and updates on various animals that especially need support are communicated, which I appreciate. I will continue to support this good organization and encourage other to do so too.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Reading about this wonderful organization, I decided to support them. Yes, there are other places, even in the US, where animals need help, but it is a crisis situation in Puerto Rico and time for help there is now!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Defensa Animal De Rincon stayed on the ground after the Hurricane of 2017 and kept trying to save as many animals as possible. When others were trying to get off the island to safety, they stayed behind and worked through the most difficult conditions. Their dedication and resourcefulness deserve the highest recommendation I can give. Imagine what they'll be able to do once they have better conditions and more stable funding!!

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Donor

Rating: 3

I have been vacationing in Rincon for the past 20 years and am familiar with most, if not all, of the local businesses and charities. The people who run and operate Defensa are the among the finest human beings on earth. They care tirelessly and endlessly to help all animals in need and truly are about those they help. They deserve much more than just our thanks so anything you can give to help I know would be truly appreciated.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was very touched by the humane loving spirit of this rescue. Taking in some of the most servere cases of neglected, abused animals. God BLESS them ALL for their HUMANITY.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The beauty about rescuing is not thinking and just saving. Defensa makes the process simple, email story, post on their FB page and let's roll together and save this life, market gor donations and move towards finding a forever family. Repeat, perfect and repeat again. Thank you ladies for a great experience and helping me with my latest rescue - Sophia. She's safe now and going to be one stellar big girl with tons of love and light to shine.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We moved to Puerto Rico in October of 2016. We were shocked and horrified by the amount of unwanted dogs on the streets here. What was worse was these heartless people throw them out when they are puppies and not weined from their mommas yet. We rescued two sets of sisters who were in this situation. The first set were only 2 months when abandoned and second set were only 6 weeks old. With DefensaRicon's help we have taken 4 doggies off the street and given them forever homes. The wonderful work that this organization does for dogs, cats and horses on this island is commendable. These people really care. They don't just throw some food out for a stray they throw out a life line to these defenseless animals. They will even fly these animals to the states if that's were the forever home happens to be. Thank you for being such a wonderful organization that goes the extra mile and does it with heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a local business here in Rincon, we could not be happier supporting DAR (Defensa Animal de Rincon) as a sustaining contributor. Living in the community, we see the results first hand. Compassion and efficiency..... great combination!!!
John and Kathy at Rincon Ride

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1 Sarah368

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Calle! (Now Chico) We found him while on vacation in PR a few months back. Five minutes into meeting him on the street we couldn't leave without him. We were pretty clueless on how to bring him home until we found Defensa, with their help and some leg work we were able to fly him back to Boston with us! Our friends Taylor and John took him in and he's now neutered and working on his manors while continuing to be a big energetic love bug! Here's a few pictures of his new life here in Boston :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defensa Animal de Rincon deserves high praise! While I have have never met the organizers in person, working with them remotely has shown to be a fulfilling experience. The passion they have for their mission is proven in their day to day actions. They continually look for ways to improve upon their already successful rescue and rehabilitation of the most vulnerable animals. I look forward to continuing doing my part with such innovative and compassionate people!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group who always goes above and beyond, jumping to action when they hear of any animal in distress

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering animals through Defensa Animal de Rincon for almost three years now and they have always been easy to work with. They put the animal's needs first in every case and always approve payment for my foster's treatment, no matter how costly the treatment or how sick the animal (and there have been some amazing recoveries!). Every month, they release their financial statement online for the public to review and they are ethical and transparent in every way. The best part is that all of their funds go directly to the animals so there is no wasting money on overhead that could be going toward a needy animal.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

About a year ago I was traveling in Puerto Rico and found a stray dog hiding under a trash can. I fell in love with him and wanted to help him, especially after learning about the terrible situation for dogs in PR. I wanted to bring him back to New York with me to find him a home but was finding it impossible to manage this. I reached out to Defensa and they helped me greatly with organizing his trip, getting him safely from the vet to the airport, everything. I could not have done this rescue without them. They do great work and deserve much more help!

The dog (Oscar) was adopted by my aunt and uncle and they are absolutely in love with him. You can see in the pics his transformation, which was all possible with help from defensa!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered a dog that had a broken leg for months. He was very skinny and had bruses all over his body. A friend brought him from the metropolitan area to the west. From the very beginning Defensa Animal Rincón supported his rescue and fostering in one of the best veterinarian clinics in Mayagüez. After sending him to New York Bully Crew they covered all of Papi's needs and health issues including his leg amputation. The people of Defensa Animal Rincón are very involved in the rescues and healing of abandoned and mistreated animals all over the Island. This was my first experience as a foster home and it was a great experience thanks to Defensa Animal Rincón. Now I bring fostering to many dogs and cats and receive all the help that Defensa Animal Rincón gives to rescuers, fosters homes and the animal themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defensa is more than a non profit. They bring community members from all walks of life to support their purpose: helping distressed animals get the help they need

They are very good stewards of the funds they raise

2 Elsie T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

All I have to said about Defensa Animal de Rincon is Thank You with your assistance we saved so many lives. You never refused to offer me help for my rescues. You work with the communities in Puerto Rico saving animals lives. God Bless

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have asked Defensa to cover the vet expenses of various dogs that were rescued and were severely abused, malnourished, with severe skin problems and with all kinds of serious health issues. Defensa has always paid the vet costs in those cases. This organization is very committed to the cats, dogs and horses not only in the Rincon area but provides help to animals all around the island. These are the pictures of some of the animals that I requested help from Defensa and they have covered their expenses. Two of them have been adopted, one flew to New York and is in a foster home and the other one still needs to get treatment for the heartworm in Puerto Rico but has already been accepted in a shelter in New York and will be flying there when the vet gives the clearance. These stories have happy endings thanks to the support provided by Defensa. Nerylú Figueroa

2 Keishla G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued Luna from the school where I work. Somebody had thrown her away in a small box next to our school's garbage bin. Then I saw she had a small tumor and wasn't sure what to do. I contacted someone I knew had rescued several dogs and she told me about Defensa. They have helped with all of the veterinarian costs for Luna's healthcare. She has several health conditions at the same time (vaginal tumor, hookworms, heart worms, anemia, and a skin condition) and they have been extremely helpful. Luna has had 3 weeks of antibiotics and had to take 3 other medicines to help her get stronger to get a biopsy done on the vaginal tumor. After finally getting her hemoglobin to normal, the vet did the biopsy and determined that the best option would a type of chemotherapy to treat it. Luna still has a long recovery process ahead of her, but Defensa will be here to help every step of the way. We have been blessed by such an amazing nonprofit. I tell everyone I know how wonderful they have been to us!