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Our Featured San Antonio, TX Partner:

Animal Defense League of Texas

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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The Animal Defense League is the largest true 'no-kill' non-profit animal shelter in the Southwest operating in San Antonio, Texas. For over 80 years of continuous operation, thousands of dogs and cats have been taken in by the ADL each year, given needed medical services, then provided food, shelter, and compassion while we search for permanent and loving homes for all of them.

About Our Shelter:

The Animal Defense League was established in 1934 by a group of individuals, “for the prevention of cruelty to animals; to promote kind and humane treatment of animals; and to aid and assist the enforcement of laws enacted for the prevention of animal cruelty.”

ADL began with just a few makeshift chicken-wire cages in response to a need to shelter stray and injured dogs and cats in the San Antonio area. Along with providing basic shelter and care, emphasis has always been placed on adopting animals to homes where they will receive loving care and attention for the rest of their lives.

In 1961, ADL moved to its present location in the easily accessible northeast part of San Antonio. Its campus encompasses more than 12 acres and includes a two-acre pet park. On the property is an Adoption Center with a small retail store, and a separate 5,000 square-foot Clinic which houses our veterinary hospital that provides onsite spay/neuter surgery, surgery for injured and ill animals, and ongoing medical care for all ADL resident animals.

In 2004, a new kennel was built to house dogs. In 2007, two kennels built in 1963 were razed to open space for more play areas. The next area of focus will be updating the cattery.

Come Meet our Pets:

Please use our website at to learn about the wonderful dogs and cats who might be the perfect pet companions you’ve been looking for. Visit all of our adorable ADL residents online in our Pet Personals section, then come out to visit them at our at 12-plus acre campus in near-northeast San Antonio, Texas.

Our Adoption Process:

All of the companion animals adopted from ADL are spayed/neutered, current on their vaccinations and microchipped (for identification, if lost). Dogs are also current on heartworm medication.

Puppies under 4 months of age may be adopted for a fee of $150.

Dogs 4 months of age or older may be adopted for a fee of $60.

Kittens under 4 months of age may be adopted for a fee of $70.

Cats 4 months of age or older may be adopted for a fee of $35.

Pet insurance for one month is provided by ADL through a third party free of charge.

Sign in at our Adoption Office.

Visit our kennels and cattery to meet our animals.

Find the animal that you might feel is the right match for you. An Animal Care Specialist will assist you with getting the animal out of the kennel. You should plan at least 20 minutes with the dog you are interested in.

If you already have a dog, you must bring her on a leash with you to see how she gets along with your potential new family member. We have found it to be far less stressful for animals to meet on neutral territory. For safety reasons, please ensure that your dog is wearing her current rabies tag.

Ask the Animal Care Specialist for a holding slip. Take the holding slip to the Adoption Center. Complete an application. Speak one-on-one with an ADL Adoption Counselor. Complete the paperwork.

Take your new family member home!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.