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Defensa Animal De Rincon

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Nonprofit Overview

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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Unbelievable the wonderful experience I had. Saved my sato.

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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.

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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

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to everybody at DAR for providing amazing support and desperately needed medical services, care, food and shelter for all the beautiful animals in and around Rincon - and Puerto Rico. My wife's family is from Anasco and we go to Puerto Rico many times a year and to see the difference that DAR is making for the animals is absolutely heartwarming. Thank you thank you thank you for making such a difference in the world

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1 Mitchell B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people dedicated to helping the homeless animals here. Thank you for what you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working on a volunteer basis with Defensa Animal de Rincon (DAR) for a number of years now. CC, the VEEP for DAR, this wonderful animal rescue group, is really great to work with. She and her organization are very committed to the rescue, fostering, and placement of countless numbers of animals into forever homes. This commitment is for dogs, and cats, and horses. CC and DAR have started a group in our town for horses, in which she and others work with local youth, giving group lessons and tutorials on how horses need to be treated and handled. There are so many animals that have been placed into great forever homes through DAR, after having been abandoned and/or abused--it is a great pleasure to be associated with this important organization in our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I seen how they take care and help around a Puerto Rico plague with stray. Here in Rincon the stray problem has been reduce greatly to their efforts. Thanks so much defensa keep the good work

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Tim_81

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defensa Animal De Rincon came to the rescue.... I moved to Puerto Rico to start a new chapter in my life. I took in 3 kittens and named them Meowlyn Monroe, Miss McGillikitty, and Gata Gabor. During an emergency, Defensa Animal De Rincon came to the rescue and assisted in finding a home and when the three female kitties were ready to go to that new home, there was no guarantee that they wouldn't have a whole bunch more kitties by getting pregnant. There was no way I could afford to have them fixed. Defensa Animal De Rincon provided the services and saved a WHOLE BUNCH of trouble. BUT, THE MOST COMFORTING part of Defensa Animal De Rincon is that there is sure and obvious accountability. There are simple, but required, forms to complete. I believe, after having to ask Defensa Animal De Rincon for help, when I never imagined needing it, that this is a nonprofit that really uses the donations wisely. I got to go visit Meowlyn Monroe, Miss McGillikitty, and Gata Gabor in the new home they have, all together. It was amazing and made me cry. Much better than any other alternate path. Thanks Defensa Animal De Rincon

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1 Maria151

Client Served

Rating: 5

HELPED US GET THE KITTEN, WE FOUND/ FOSTERED, TO BE ADOPTED. GAVE US STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO POST INFO,MADE AN ADOPTION PAGE FOR OUR RESCUED KITTY AND HELPED US GET A VOUCHER FOR NEUTERING. WE TNR IN NY. NOW WE DID ONE IN PR!! VERY HAPPY

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defensa Animal de Rincon is a stellar organization that has helped me personally rescue many stray injured and sick animals. They are honest forthright and caring.
I have been fortunate to work with them for the last two years and have made a vow to rescue as many more as I possibly can because I know Defensa has my back!
They are one of the best I have known and I'm originally from Los Angeles came to PR after 5 years in New York. This is a first class non profit. I will never be able to praise them enough.

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1 Lisette F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly amazed at the amount of work all of these amazing people do!! And not just for dogs or cats...
Add in some horses...or basically anything that does it should have 4 legs!! My family was lucky enough to share in an adoption with DAR and their involvement, caring, and ease is enough to make ones heart smile!!
Thanks DAR!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defensa Rincon has made so many wonderful possibilities for us! We were fresh on the island when we heard of free horse classes, such a blessing. We instantly fell in love with the rescue horses used in the class and were so grateful as horse lessons were just not in the budget. As a lesson of stewardship we volunteered to tend to two new rescue horses in December who were in terrible shape. The mare had never been handled and was untouchable, both came with severe rain rot, hoofs in terrible health and they were emaciated. Over the next few weeks of nursing them back to health a bond was formed. We were able to begin fostering our special friends and gained a love for them that is so wonderful. They are now up to weight, growing manes, hoofs looking good after lots of time, love and work plus a few other appreciated volunteer hands. They have taught us so much about perseverance and breaking barriers. It is so rewarding to be able to see a transformation so incredible. We are blessed to be able to adopt Pancho and Lefty and will be moving them to our own home very soon. Thanks to the gracious efforts of Defensa for the opportunities and services provided. Rescue an animal, its good for the soul :)

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2 Alan D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization doing amazing work for dogs. Highly recommend your support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cynthia is one of the most dedicated people I have met. She truly wants to help EVERY animal that needs it, and works hard to do just that. Cynthia and DAR find temporary shelter, permanent homes, food, even flights from Puerto Rico to a pet's new owner on the mainland. On top of that, she holds a complementary horse class on the weekend to help children and adults learn to recognize, care for and even adopt abandoned horses in the area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This group works hard to care for animals of Rincon and beyond.

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2 Berkley K.

Former staff

Rating: 5

First off, Cynthia is the most amazing person I've met in Puerto Rico. She has a huge heart for animals and for children that can't afford experiences one should. She makes it possible to rescue lives and help kids in the process. The organization DAR has done amazing things in not just Rincon, but all over the island! So glad I get to be apart of it all. (: