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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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!

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am adopted my dog Tito from The Animal Defense League in July 2012. I still can not understand who could have ever made the choice to surrender him in the first place. He is amazing and without ADL I would never found my forever family member. . Thanks to ADL for all the work that they do and for taking care of my little man until he made his way into our heart and home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff works extra hard to make sure all the dogs and cats find their forever homes! I'm so excited to adopt Navy an amazing bulldog that came to ADL with a broken jaw. The staff didn't hesitate to preform emergency surgery on a Saturday night to save this awesome dog's life. Everyone is caring and compassionate and I know that the dogs and cats in the kennels are their main prioriry.

1 Eugenia F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog who had spend a long period of time at the shelter being overlooked. The staff really went out of their way to match our dog with the right home, and of course, he fits in completely after only two months. These people know their dogs, give great advice and are genuinely interested in how he's been coming along. My family is so happy with our newest pet, so I'm giving them a full 5 stars!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting a homeless pet from ADL has been life-changing! The love that a shelter animal gives is so much more than ever expected. Thank you to the ADL and their staff for their mission of saving all of these furry lives!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Animal Defense League of Texas truly makes a difference, every second of every day, by quietly and diligently doing the right thing for the over 330,000 stray animals in San Antonio. They give care for those cats and dogs that no one else will give a chance at life, no matter the monetary cost and give that animal the love, medical care and attention that it needs to be able to be matched with its perfect home. The rescue stories are numerous and happen every day. The "happy tails" abound as families connect with their adopted dog or cat. It's incredible the difference these animals make in their adoptive families lives. It's a truly magical place where miracles occur every day. We are truly blessed to have ADL as such an important part of our community. Thank you for giving a voice to all of those who cannot speak for themselves and advocating for those who have no one.

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Jessica115

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last Saturday we adopted a cat their at ADL and we can be more happier. He was on special for ten dollars and he was already fixed, microchip, and had all his shots. He was limping when we got him home so we called them and they told us to bring him back to be seen by the vet for not charge. He is the sweetest thing ever, I can't see life without him. I am so blessed to have him. His name was charlie but we changed it to Sheldon (from the Big Bang Theory) . I just hope he does not give us a roommate agreement

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first dog I got when I was a little girl my family and I got from ADL. Little bugger was 6 months and is still kickin today almost 13 years later. We also got my second dog there a few years later. Then we adopted our second cat from there. I absolutely adore what ADL does for the animals in their care. My husband and I will be adopting OUR first cat from there when we find one we fall in love with there, we're always swinging by there for a quick look!

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Client Served

Rating: 3

In 1998 I adopted by two beatiful calico girls from them and thru the years hade make my life rich and beatiful. However in 2000 while at the mall, we foud 5 kittens abandoned in a scorching 95 degress in the boiling sidewalk outside of the Foley's. My husband and 2 other nice souls help to scoop them all (I'm handicap, so I direct only), we quickly drive to the ADL where I was told that they were full and would not take them, they advise us to take them to the pound to be put down. I rebeled to this idea and took them home, we kept 2 (a little tortishell .6 lb and a black boy .9 lb). The next day I called shelters until I found one to take them and I gave them a hefty donation. This left a bitter taste on my mouth of an organization that should help save, no kill critters. They can call themselves no kill, but believe me that other people would have follow their advise and they all would have been kill. So this is a kill organization, believe it. However they do help MUCH more than a pound so help and DONATE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So glad they were there to give my four-legged baby a temporary home so we could find her! Can't imagine our lives without our sweet little dog!

Martie C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted "Zoey" from ADL in June 2008. ADL had rescued her from Animal Control Services. She had just been spayed the day before. I had made several trips to the ADL just looking as I wanted a "small" dog. The staff was always very helpful, very friendly and caring. Zoey was VERY skinny when we got her but after some TLC and good food she came around very quickly, and is now abit "overweight" I really admire the fact they rescue from other shelters when possible, this SAVES lots of lives. Zoey has turned out to be the BEST dog Ive ever owned, shes so very loving, needless to say she is like a child to me :-) We soon found out she enjoys "singing" :-) You absolutely cannot go wrong with adoption. Reasonable fees, shots, spay and neuter provided, plus microchip! Two thumbs up for ADL

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Wife and I had our 2 family dogs (Bizcocho & Bella) stolen from us at gun point in Dec 2010. We came to the Animal Defense League, not to replace the 2 we lost in the robbery, but to fill the void in our hearts from such a tragic loss. The staff were very understanding and assisted us in our time of need. We adopted "Nacho & Lola" (Brother & Sister) in Jan 2011. We were so happy with these two, that we adopted a third pup "Moe"from the Animal Defense League the following July. We will never forget "Bizcocho & Bella" but are happy to have our "trio" in our lives. Many Thanks to the Animal Defense League in San Antonio, Texas!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over many years of living in San Antonio my family has adopted pets from them. I adopted my most recent kitty December 29, 2010. He is a happy, healthy loving little guy. My previous cat had passed away about six months prior to my adoption of Andre in 2010. I was having a hard time thinking about the kitty I had lost during the adoption process for Andre. I felt kind of dumb feeling so sad when I should have been jumping with joy that I was getting a new fur friend to bring home. The lady working with me was so kind & told me that it happens often when people adopt a new pet when they have lost a pet recently. She made me feel "normal" again. I always recommend to anyone who is wanting to adopt to go there. They have a wonderful facility, very nice personnel & the animals are happy & healthy & very well cared for as they wait for the forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a lab mix in November 2008. Cici has turned out to be the best dog ever! We were so impressed with the compassion and love that the ADL staff/volunteers provided the animals during our two visits. The adoption process was easy and we look forward to going back one day to adopt a cat.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a precious little dog, Malcolm, in the 1990s who was part of our family for 16 years. I was impressed with ADL's commitment to find homes for dogs and cats, the careful interview process for adoptive "parents" and their strong links in the community with vets and dog training. I know they have strong leadership through their board - it is an organization worthy of support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted three dogs from the Animal Defense League. All three dogs have different issues that, if taken to many kill shelters in San Antonio, would have been cited as a cause to put them to sleep. However, the Animal Defense League took these dogs in and treated what issues they could and worked with the issues that could not be treated medically. They gave these dogs a second chance at life and happiness. Now, instead of being homeless dogs, these dogs live at home with me being spoiled and loved on as much as possible. I'm so grateful to the Animal Defense League for saving the lives of these animals so that these dogs could enrich my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On my 3rd Dog since 1984 adopted from this organization. They do great work and really care for the animals. Oldest such NO KILL organization in San Antonio. All privately funded so they really are great stewards of their resources as compared with other animal rescue centers. I highly reccommend ADL if you are seeking a new "family" member; dogs or cats!

Michele23

Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost 2 dogs within 8 months, one to kidney disease and the second to 'broken heart syndrome'. We came here to find a new pup because the house was too quiet and we couldn't bear it. We found a puppy here who wouldn't leave us alone, sat in our lap, looking intently to our face. Even when we went into the next-door pen, there was this same little guy who was now barking at us, trying to get his nose through the fence.
So, this little puppy, named John Lennon was going to be our new kid. Luckily, the volunteer who was manning the puppy room came to our rescue....it was so crowded that day, we didn't hear them when they called our name for the interview. This volunteer hiked all the way back to the office, looked around the waiting room, spotted us, and said, "You're here for John Lennon, right?" We were just sitting there, had no idea was was happening. The counselor had called us--we didn't hear, and she told the volunteer to put John Lennon back up for adoption. But that volunteer remembered us, he remember how taken we were with John Lennon and he didn't believe for a second that we had left. He knew how much we had bonded with that awesome puppy. It's now 4 years and 2 months later and I am so appreciative of ADL for taking care of Ned (aka John Lennon) and my deepest thanks to that volunteer who made sure Ned made it home with us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our cat from ADL and would not even consider getting a pet anywhere else! She was so well-loved and taken care of by the staff and volunteers. Thank you for all that you do to made people's lives better by connecting them with their adopted pets!