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Animal Defense League

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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Anna-Laura Howell Block

Board Member

Rating: 5

AFL is the greatest animal shelter in San Antonio! They work so hard to rescue animals, give them medical care and find their forever home. The campus is always friendly and clean. They never euthanize to make room for an animal and ha e staff with the highest integrity!

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Rating: 5

The Animal Defense League is the greatest no-kill shelter on the planet! Not only have I adopted dogs and cats, I have also fostered kittens. ADL champions the animals that needs forever homes. Many of the animals have been abandoned or abused. Not only can you visit the ADL for your next best friend but you can also access their website at adltexas.org Everyday ADL performs miracles by taking in animals from the community and from ACS. Each animal is give. A wellness exam and medical treatment for any problems.

Please visit the ADL for your next dog or cat.

Anna-Laura Block

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having served as a volunteer first, I was able to see first-hand the hard-working and dedicated staff that care for the abandoned dogs and cats that come to the shelter. With such an endless stream of homeless pets coming in the door every day, it is a testament to their compassion and care that they show the same high level of devotion to them all.

More recently, as a Board Member, it gives me great satisfaction to help support the mission of these fine folks and continue to be of service. As the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in the area, Animal Defense League continues to set the bar higher to do more, save more and unite more abandoned dogs and cats with loving families and into their forever homes. There is no stronger advocate for these whose voices may not otherwise be heard.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization! The only thing better than being involved with the ADL is knowing that it finds good homes for so many homeless dogs and cats. The staff works very hard to make sure the pets are in good health and to match adoptive parents with the right pet. The care that these pets receive while waiting for foster parents is second to none.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I just adopted my second dog from ADL. What a great experience that was. It's always a pleasure to work with knowledgeable and passionate employees. The ADL staff holds each of the pet resident’s welfare in their hearts. It's not just a job to them - it's their mission in life. They always go the extra mile to love and train the animals to boost their confidence and, consequently, their chance for a successful adoption. When my dogs and I are out, invariably folks comment about their good manners. I never miss the chance to say they’re rescues from ADL!