Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am interested in adopting an animal from your shelter. How do I do this? What is required?

A: We invite you to come to the Animal Defense League to meet and spend at least 30 minutes with the animal you are considering to see if this is the one who best fits your home, family, and lifestyle. If you are interested in adopting the animal, you will need to complete an adoption application at our adoption center. An adoption counselor will review the application with you to help ensure that the animal you have selected will be a good match. A potential adopter must be at least 18 years of age.

To facilitate the adoption process, please note you will be asked for the following information/items for most adoptions:

  1. Current state or federal photo identification (such as a drivers license or state I.D. card)
  2. If renting, the name and phone number of the apartment complex, owner, or property manager.
  3. If you are under 18 and living at home with a parent or guardian, they must be present for the adoption process.
  4. Veterinary records of any animal owned currently or within the past five years.

Q: Can I take a pet home the same day?

A: In most cases, yes. Once you have completed the adoption interview and have been approved, it will take approximately 35 minutes to complete the adoption paperwork so you can receive your new pet.

Q: Is there anyway to hold the pet for me until I am able to come meet them?

A: All meet and greets are conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. ADL does not place holds on pets and cannot guarantee the pet will still be available at the time of your visit. If the pet you were interested in is pending an adoption after a successful meet and greet, our pet services staff would be happy to introduce to other available pets.

Q: I have a dog at home and am looking for another one. Is there anything special I should do?

A: Yes. We suggest bringing your pet along on a leash (please do not use a retractable/flexi leash) with proof of rabies vaccination so we can arrange for the pets to meet. Like people, not all dogs (yours or ours) like every other dog they meet. Issues can and have occurred when bringing a new dog into a home. Our goal is to spot any problems ahead of time to prevent the heartache of a returned adoption for both you and the animal.

Q: What does it cost to adopt from ADL and what is covered?

A: The adoption fee for our companion animals vary. Please check with the Adoption Center at the time of adoption or when you first arrive at the Animal Defense League Adoption Center.

Please note: If a pet has its Rabies vaccination, most Cities and Counties require a Pet License. If you reside in San Antonio or an unincorporated area of Bexar County, a microchip is required for licensing. There is no fee required but you will need to register the microchip in your name after adopting.  Your adoption counselor can explain the process.  For other cities and surrounding counties, you will need to see your local city/county office for required tags and related fees. Please note that failure to get a pet license can lead to a fine.

Q: What does ADL’s adoption fee include?

A. Each animal ready for adoption from ADL has the following:

  • All have been spayed or neutered.
  • All have had an incoming physical examination: This is a basic entrance exam only; we recommend you have your veterinarian check out any new pet coming into your home.
  • All have had an annual (DHPP or FVRCP) vaccination or an initial booster for puppies and kittens.
  • All have had a rabies vaccination if old enough.
  • Dogs have had a Bordetella vaccination (guards against kennel cough).
  • Dogs have had a Heartworm test (if seven months or older).
  • Dogs are current on Heartworm prevention.
  • Cats have had an FIV test (if six months or older).
  • Cats have had a Feline Leukemia test.

Each pet is also covered by a 30-day Health Insurance policy through 24 Petwatch and has had a Microchip (through 24 PetWatch) implanted.

Q: Do you have other types of animals for adoption?

A: No. The Animal Defense League only has dogs and cats as resident animals.

Q: Can I adopt a pet who has not been spayed or neutered?

A: No. All of ADL’s animals have been spayed or neutered. The majority of pets available for adoption at ADL came here as unwanted or stray animals. It is our mission to stop overpopulation.

Q: We have some questions about the animal; is there someone at ADL who can help answer them?

A: Yes. Our Animal Care Specialists work with these animals every day and will be happy to answer questions. In addition, our Shelter Manager and Certified Dog trainer will be happy to assist. In some cases, it may be required that you talk with our Shelter Manager or Trainer before the adoption to help ease the transition from shelter to home. Please remember, many of these animals come to us from the streets or unwanted homes and may need a little time and tender loving care to adjust to their new family.

Our goal is to help you find your new best friend and life-long family member. Please note that these are general adoption guidelines. Additional information may be requested before the completion of any adoption. The Animal Defense League strives to find the best family and match for each of the pets in our care. With the best interest of our animals in mind, we reserve the right to refuse any adoption.