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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Defensa Animal de Rincon is a Puerto Rico based non profit working to increase sterilization rates among cats and dogs on the island while improving all animal lives through educational programs, awareness and offering assistance to animal rescuers.

Results: Hundreds of dogs and cats sterilized and many horses helped. 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: anyone in Puerto Rico rescue/help a dog, cat or horse

Direct beneficiaries per year: helped hundreds of dogs and cats living on the streets, via spay/neuter and adoptions. We helped injured or neglected horses.

Geographic areas served: animal welfare and rescue for un-owned animals of Puerto Rico. Our animals are FREE to GREAT homes. They are vaccinated and sterilized, because money is something we can come up with - great homes is something harder to find!

Programs: Open Rescue, Free Horse Class, Trap & Release

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 David406

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 Zazoo P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hello we had lots of help from Cynthia Calvin. We were moving from arecibo to Rincon and a stray dog had 9 puppies. We were panicking wondering what we could do because we couldn't leave the mother and puppies and our new place in Rincon had a strict policy of no animals. Addie a friend of the rescue accepted the mother and puppies. Unfortunately at the time there was only 8 puppies. This organization has help so many animals with fostering and adoption as well as medical expenses. Puerto Rico is very lucky to have such caring people. They are doing the best they can with the little funding they get from locals, businesses and tourist. They have made an huge impact by educating as well. They deserve lots of funding

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The adorable pup below is just one example of many forever home placements of street animals in Rincon by Defensa Animal De Rincon. "Willy" has found his forever home and I had the pleasure of falling in love with him. But his forever family would not let me take him home with me. That means I'll just have to start fostering animals where I live in the USA.!

While visiting Rincon, it was fun to witness one rescue in action ; an orange kitten named Tranquilo whom I also fell for. But alas, due to the good connections and kind people of Defensa Animal De Rincon, he was spoken for.

The folks of Defensa Animal De Rincon are all volunteers. They do much for animals with very little and every donation helps. The more we give, the more they can save lives, provide essential medical care, and daily food and medicine. Thanks for giving and thank you for all you do for the animals!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These are wonderful people in the trenches, getting their hand dirty to make this world a better place for mistreated animals. You won't find a nonprofit that will worh harder and do more good with your dollars.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Princess was found with her 2 babies in North of PR, I was their foster while DAR paid all vet care the 2 babies found their forever home in Chicago and I am happy to announce I will be Princess' forever mom! Princess likes to sleep in my bed and she is kind of a destroyer but i do love those ears and that wet nose she loves to have attention! Second story Ash (white dog) he was found in Guanica in terrible conditions DAR once again paid vet services and got him in great condition he had severe skin problems he flew 3 weeks ago and he is currently in NY being fostered waiting for his forever home :) Thanks DAR so much without you these 4 happy endings wouldve not been possible!!

1 Adi C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Defense Animal De Rincon! We have a very sweet mama cat that was abandoned at our house and has recently had 5 kittens. Trying to find homes for kittens in Rincon is like selling water by the river but Defense is doing so much to help us get the word out and also to cover the costs of having the mother spayed.

Hopefully she can now have a break in life and not have to keep having babies all the time.

Thank you Defensa Animal De Rincon!

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unbelievable the wonderful experience I had. Saved my sato.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited Rincon, Puerto Rico 3 years ago on vacation, where I met an extremely fearful, skinny, apparently nursing young dog mother. My sister and I tamed and fed her for the week we were there, having several conversations with Cynthia from DAR, who encouraged us to take her with us when we left because that would be the best fate for her. Neither my sister nor I thought this could be possible, so we had to leave her behind. The next day another DAR volunteer found this sweet, scared dog, and was able to get her in the car to take her home and foster her, along with her many other foster dogs.
When I got back home, I sent DAR a bunch of pictures of this doggy so they could put her up for adoption on their website. The next day, I saw her picture up there, and realized I needed to have her with me. So the DAR folks organized everything (these are all volunteers, mind you) from her health certificate to a ride to the airport at midnight for her journey to Boston.
My sweet Pupito (I know it should be Pupita--forget about it!) is living on Cape Cod now, fat and happy, thanks to the infinitely kind and generous folks of DAR.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defensa has been an integral part to assisting me in the foster and ultimate adoption out of 5 different animals. Animals that were doomed for a life on the street. One pair that sticks with me in particular were Rex and Rollo. Both dogs were on the beach, completely emaciated, Rex in particular with oozing wounds and near death. Defensa answered the call and found a way to leverage financial assistance as well as find an organization that was ready to place them both on their adoption list. Both dogs now reside with families in the United States and are healthy and loved. This is a group that always finds ways to say "Yes" instead of no and works to better the lives of many animals here in Puerto Rico

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with DAR for a few years for different regards. There were very professional and extremely helpful in taking care of what often seems like an out-of-control stray dog situation in our area of Puerto Rico.
Recently, I have adopted a great local stray that I have called flash. I need cleaning a photo so you can enjoy him as much as I am, or almost!

Review from Guidestar