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Defensa Animal De Rincon

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Equestrian, Sports

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 rescue and financial numbers monthly on www.DefensaRincon.org. We communicate daily via email and we use social media to help the animals

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: Puerto Rico Animal Rescue - Unowned Animals - The Street Animals of Puerto Rico

Programs: Hope4Horses, Open Rescue, Equine Education, TNR Cats Trap & Release

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This island has been in so much instability with Maria & continuing aftermath! Many have left this beautiful place. These poor animals are abandoned, neglected & left to fend alone. This group of volunteers work daily to save these lost souls and need $ to feed and care. Who else is gonna help if we don't donate??? Thanks for all your updated posts on FB. Wish I lived there, to help.

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2 Christine Arce S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defensa is a great organization, they help animales all around the island of Puerto Rico. They are very responsive and do a great job with all the stray and horses abused or neglected. I was personally help with this organization with a pregnant hit by a car stray. And thanks to them Hershey had her babies and will be able to walk again and have a 2nd chance at life.

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4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story started about 4 yrs ago. My daughter and I found 5 abandoned puppies under a palm tree while walking to the beach. We took the pups home and contacted Defensa Animal De Rincon. Defensa sent us to the vet right away. The puppies were dehydrated, had worms, and needed iron supplements. We fostered while Defensa used their marketing skills to find homes for them. Every pup had their shots and were neutered thanks to Defensa. They were all adopted...we kept two, Willie and Clyde.

New addition: Max was dropped off at our house next. He is a black and white spaniel mix. Max was starving and came into our yard to find food. I called Defensa for help. They again sent me to the vet. Max received much needed medical care, shots and was neutered right away. We kept Max.

Adding to the pack: Jack, a rottweiler mix came to our home in the middle of the night. He was one of the most emaciated dogs I have ever seen. Every bone in his body was sticking out. I again contacted Defensa Animal De Rincon. Jack received medical care, was neutered and Defensa started marketing Jack for adoption. Jack was an adoption fail. We kept Jack.

One more: Erin a beautiful girl with one blue eye and one brown. Erin was also skin and bone. We again asked for help from Defensa. We kept Erin.

Fast Forward: We moved to a farm and now have more room. Defensa Animal De Rincon rescues neglected and abandoned horses. We were able to adopt Lito, the most wonderful sweet horse who thinks hes a dog.

Cats: Two pregnant street cats were dropped off about a month ago. Our farm now has two Moms and 7 kittens. I will be contacting Defensa soon for more help.

My husband and I are retired and on a fixed income. We could never have afforded to help any of these animals without the financial backing of Defensa. I can not thank them enough for all they do for the animals of Puerto Rico.

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Hector B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They make it easy to foster and move the animals along to their forever homes

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cynthia has been beyond amazing in every aspect possible! Her compassion for the animals and her knowledge is second to none!

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2 Kelly J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Every day I am amazed at the work this group is doing to help these poor innocent animals. This is the only charity I am supported monthly because I know every dollar is used wisely.

2 Lorenza Arizaga D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great Organization that helps all animals especially the neglected horses of Puerto Rico. I love seeing my donations be put to work in a very transparent way so I know it is directly be given to the animals in need. Great job to a hard working team! :)

2 Evelyn A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

We are immensely grateful for DAR (Defensa Animal de Rincon)! This organization has such compassion and dedication in helping the most vulnerable animals on the island.
We recently adopted Princess (now Bella), a foal found severely neglected, just skin and bones and to weak to get up without assistance is now healthy and happily galloping through the pastures. This incredible transformation has been made possible by the endlessly caring and committed team at DAR. Since we were in the states when we adopted Bella, DAR was willing to keep her till we return to the Island in a couple of months. Special thanks to Cynthia, Julie and Julie...Thank you ladies for a great experience and for all you do.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The amount of care this organization brings to injured and neglected pets and horses is worth more than 5 stars!!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

These dedicated folks not only help the many abused and abandoned animals in the area, but they also rally the community to get involved as volunteers, by engaging young children, and creating awareness, empathy etc . We have a bit of land that we can let them use and it’s wonderful to see firsthand the hard work and dedication that goes into the care of the lucky creatures that are being cared by them. Recently , when I rescued a pup myself and asked for their help in finding him a home , I was impressed by all their efforts to help out my little guy. I ended up keeping my rescue but I am forever grateful to Defensa for mobilizing their network to help so many abandoned creatures !!!

2 Lisa Sadie L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They do wonderful work for homeless animals in Puerto Rico.

2 Cesar C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

El perro de mi bisabuelo escap

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

8 adult dogs and 23 (!!!) puppies later in only 3 months, this organization REALLY puts your money to good use to help others.
Being a rescuer here in Puerto Rico, I - along with so many others, do our best to get these stray and abandoned dogs off the street, vetted, fed and socialized until they can find their forever family around the world.
Defensa has been there from the time that all of these babies were loaded into our vehicle, to the time that they found their families. If it wouldn’t have been for their financial support throughout this endeavor, most of these animals would have not been able to survive. There was never a time where Defensa hesitated to help.

I am eternally grateful for all of their support, helping us to make a difference!
If you are an animal lover, and want to make a difference for those that can’t do it by themselves, this is the right place to donate to.
Thousands of horses, dogs and cats and their rescuers will thank you for it!

(And if you want to follow our rescues, you can find us on Facebook at ‘Puerto Rico Puppy Rescue Project’!

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1 Stephanie Sebastian D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued 2 dogs from going to shelters. Nala was healthy but needed more vaccines and needed to be spayed. Matilda was in bad shape. I recently found her abandoned, chained, on concrete. No water. No shelter. I instantly brought her home. I thought she may have a hernia but I am here as a humanitarian aid volunteer and couldn't afford the vet fees. I was referred to Defensa Rincon. They instantly replied to my email and said they would raise any amount of funds needed for emergency surgery for Mattie. And they would help me with vaccines and spayed for both puppies. Within 24 hrs I had funding, a vet appt and today they were vaccinated and spayed. Both are home and resting now. It's all thanks to this organization. If you want to donate to an organization where you know your donation will do great things please visit defensarincon.org/donate . Such an amazing organization! True Angels. Both puppies are healthy and happy and it's all thanks to them.
Rescue. Nurture. Adopt. ♥️

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about Defensa Animal De Rincon about two years ago and asked my friend Sadhu (Govardhan gardens, ....a well established botanical garden in Mayaguez) if he knew they were legitimate and used most of the donations to directly help animals, and he told me that they were ethical. So I have donated money occasionally and am very pleased to help animals on the island of Puerto Rico. In general, there is a lot of neglect of animals in Puerto Rico, along with many street dogs, and Puerto Rico Government actions against animals which can only be described as horrific. Defensa is a worthwhile charity and non profit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you to this fine organization for helping the animals in Puerto Rico. There is a huge need for help with strays, animal neglect and cruelty, veterinary care, and education. Without organizations like Defensa Animal DeRincon, many more animals would be suffering.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Delighted to support a community org that works on the ground in an area of high need for animal welfare

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defensa is doing an amazing job! I\u2019m really not sure how they could improve but what I am sure of is that they do everything in their power to help the animals of Puerto Rico. Big and small. Great job Defensa!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAR is a true grass roots rescue. The love, time & effort they put into any and every animal that needs help is endless. If a pet owner needs financial assistance to properly care for their pet DAR is there for them. Truly proud to be a part of such a selfless organization.

David406

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just a great organization doing amazing work for animals that need the help. We adopted through them two years ago and they made everything easy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After hearing of the dog situation in PR on CNN I contacted Defense. Cynthia was a great help. I couldn't have rescued one without her assistance. I was coming from Canada and really appreciated the help with vet papers and a kennel. I'm hoping to arrange another adoption in the very near future through her. Great organization!

1 Izobel R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since i was a little girl I wanted to help dogs and cats I saw neglected on the streets. My dream has come true because of Defensa Animal, they help me help the most needed and I also get to meet incredible people who want to change the world for better.

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1 Tina G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Defensa Animal De Rincon is an integral part of the community in Rincon, PR. I am happy to donate to them as I know they are on the front lines in Rincon when an animal, whether it be a dog, cat, or horse (any animal for that matter) is in need of immediate attention. They are a committed animal rescue that goes beyond the call of duty. I truly appreciate their tireless efforts and are an inspiration!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted a 4 month old kitten through this group and they were great to work with. The process went smoothly and we are thrilled with this new addition to our family! I would definitely recommend them if anyone is considering adopting a rescue.

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Maureen Denise M.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time winter resident of Rincon, I have had the opportunity to witness the selfless dedication of the people involved in ARF. They tirelessly and selflessly work to rescue and find foster homes, then homes for abandoned and homeless animals. They spend countless hours at the vets, socializing, bathing and loving these helpless animals. Bringing them home with them even when they have no room. They make countless trips to airports, and are often left waiting with dogs for days. I wish I could help more, and am so glad that monetary gifts help. The people of ARF really are angels

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1 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

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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!

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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 :)