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Bunny’s Second Chance

Categories: Second Chances Campaign

From Fracture to Forever: Bunny, the Brave Terrier Mix, Triumphs Over Pain with Surgery and Love, Awaits Adoption at the Animal Defense League of Texas   As the year draws to a close, I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude for your continued support of our beloved pets at the Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL). This year, despite numerous challenges, we have persevered to ensure the welfare of these voiceless creatures who depend on us. With your unwavering support,…

KENS5 Forgotten Friend | May

Categories: Featured StoryPet Spotlight

"May might bark in her kennel, but once she gets to know you she's a sweetheart who loves to just take naps next to her person," said Jamie Gibson, Director of Lifesaving Initiatives at ADL. "She's very well-mannered inside but also enjoys outside time, especially if she gets to hang out and sunbathe." The KENS5 "Forgotten Friends" series showcases a dog or cat each week that has spent a lengthy time at an area shelter, just waiting for someone to…

8th Annual Pawderosa Thanksgiving Feast

Categories: Featured Story

For the 8th consecutive year, we are thrilled to share the heartwarming initiative by our wonderful friends at Pawderosa Ranch. In the spirit of the holidays, they have dedicated their time and effort to prepare and serve hundreds of delicious home-cooked meals to our furry friends who are still on the journey to finding their forever homes. In this special video, witness the joy and gratitude radiating from our pets as they indulge in these scrumptious treats. Pawderosa Ranch's commitment…

Papita’s Second Chance

Categories: Second Chances Campaign

  Rescued from Feline Blues: Papita, the 19-pound sweetheart, triumphs over depression, Calicivirus, and hunger strikes to find her purr-fect forever home   While most of us “cat people” know that when we are feeling down, stressed, or anxious, a kitty can be your purr-fect companion; but, not all of us are aware that cats can suffer from depression and sadness too. Changes in routine or environment, the loss of a loved one, illness, or injury can lead to stress…

Conroe’s Second Chance

Categories: Second Chances Campaign

From a shy Distemper survivor to a toothless-smiled social butterfly, Conroe's journey at Animal Defense League is a testament to resilience and the transformative power of love.   I am incredibly proud to be a part of a team that exemplifies compassion, patience, adaptability, and trust by working hard every day to ensure lives are saved. I am also particularly grateful for generous supporters like YOU, without whom we could not have saved the lives of nearly 5,000 dogs, cats,…

ADL Announces Transformational Executive Appointments

The Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL) announces two “Top Dogs” to lead organizational change in support the league's vision for the future, according to Alan Hepp, ADL chairman of the board. ADL is pleased to announce the appointment of both a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a new Chief Development Officer (CDO) who will lead operational performance management and resource development strategies as we move into our 90th year of service. MEET THE NEW LEADERS OF THE PACK…

ADL Happy Tails – Dave

Categories: Featured StoryHappy TailsNews ReleasePet Spotlight

The Happy Tail we've all been waiting for! After 5 years of patience, Dave has been adopted! In July 2018, Dave arrived at the Animal Defense League from the city shelter, his eyes full of hope despite his uncertain past. But life had other plans for him; in December that same year, he had his first seizure at ADL and was diagnosed with epilepsy. Dave's resilience shone through as he embraced daily medication and continued to win the hearts of…

Kens 5 Forgotten Friend | Paulie the Warrior

Categories: Featured StoryHappy TailsNews Release

"Our "Forgotten Friends" series showcases a dog or cat each week that has spent a lengthy time at an area shelter, just waiting for someone to notice them and bring them home to love." - Kens5  - Read more to find Paulie the Warriors update! 

Goettl and ADL Partnering for Pets!

Categories: Community EventsFeatured StoryNews Release

Our teams joined Mike Osterhage at SA Live to share the new initiative with the help of Chowder, an adoptable dog at the ADL Nacogdoches Campus.   Beginning April 11, 2023, Goettl will donate one can of wet dog food to the ADL for every new Sadie Club Member in San Antonio! The Sadie Club offers preventative HVAC and plumbing maintenance to its members along with discounts and other benefits starting at just $14.95/ month.   The company aligns with…

Kens5 Forgotten Friend | Joe

Categories: Featured StoryPet Spotlight

"Who doesn’t love a good cup of Joe? I'm a calm guy who enjoys lots of relaxation. I may take a bit to warm up to you, but once I do, I'm a big goof-ball! I love belly rubs, playing tag and keep away, and lots of toys. Sunbathing outside is one of my favorite activities and I love going for walks too!" The KENS5 "Forgotten Friends" series showcases a dog or cat each week that has spent a lengthy…

Top Three Adoptions to Remember from 2022

Categories: Featured StoryHappy Tails

The Animal Defense League Top 3 Adoptions to Remember from 2022 2022 brought us many pets in crisis and in need of our help! For most of the year, we've been at FULL capacity! With the public's support and continuous efforts to save lives, we rescued 6,677 pets! It wasn't easy, but we have selected our Top Three Favorite Happy Tails from 2022. They have happy endings, and they highlight some of the lifesaving work that goes on behind the…

ADL Happy Tails – Zuri

Categories: Happy Tails

All we wish for our pets was for them to spend the holidays and beyond with their new families and ADL Alumni, Stella, got just that! Zuri, now Stella, was a shy girl who was found roaming the streets of San Antonio and required some time to warm up to new people in the shelter setting. However, once she did, she was very sweet and loving! What her adopters loved the most about her was, even though she was very…

7th Annual Pawderosa Ranch Thanksgiving Visit

Categories: Featured Story

Pawderosa Ranch Doggie Play and Stay feeds a Thanksgiving feast to nearly 300 shelter dogs at Animal Defense League! "We love giving back during the holidays by feeding every shelter dog (and cat) a Thanksgiving feast that includes: roast turkey breast, apple cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes, green bean “peanutine”, [and] pumpkin pie with whipped cream" Hannah Nino, Relationship Manager at the Ranch. The Animal Defense League is truly honored for the continuous support that Pawderosa provides for us and our…

Pet Heat Tips with San Antonio Zoo and Councilman Manny Pelaez

Categories: Featured StoryNews ReleasePet Tips

Learn with Councilman Manny Pelaez about how the San Antonio Zoo keeps their pets and visitors cool from Tim Morrow, San Antonio Zoo President & CEO, and get some great pet heat tips from the Animal Defense League of Texas Hospital Director, Stephanie Arevalo! View our full Pet Heat Tips guide to ensure your pets stay cool and safe in the warmer months.

Join the Continued Fight Against Heartworms

Categories: Featured StoryInformativeWays to help ADL

According to the American Heartworm Society, "More than a million pets in the United States have heartworms." In 2021, ADL treated 205 dogs that were suffering from Heartworm disease, and continue to see dogs come into our care that require treatment this year. Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. These worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito. Chavo is a 3-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. He was found roaming in San Antonio and…

Pets on the News – Bebop and Rocksteady

Categories: Featured StoryNews ReleasePet Spotlight

Two is better than one...especially when it's two lovable dogs! Meet brothers, Bebop and Rocksteady! These two were found in a Walmart parking lot by a good Samaritan traveling through San Antonio. It was cold, raining and they were huddled together, shivering and hungry. The nice person drove over to them and they went right up to her. With her own dogs inside her car, she got out a blanket and huddled with the boys in the parking lot, all…

Special ADL Announcement!

Categories: InformativeNews Release

We are thrilled to announce that ADL and PetSmart Charities have partnered to increase life-saving efforts here in San Antonio by launching a 7 day a week adoption service at the Everyday Adoption Center located in the PetSmart at 8520 Fourwinds Dr, Windcrest, TX 78239! We invite you to come meet our adoption-ready dogs, puppies, cat and kitties during our grand opening on April 1, 2022! The center will showcase a diverse resident population of adoption ready, lovable pets in…

Pets on the News – Mr. Floppy

Categories: Featured StoryNews ReleasePet Spotlight

Meet Mr. Floppy, a 6 month old Shepherd mix looking for a home. Mr. Floppy still has that young pup energy, so he would be a great running dog, hiking partner, or adventure buddy! He is looking for some one to help him grow into a well-mannered dog with training. He is eager to learn and very treat motivated! Learn more about Mr. Floppy here.

Help Gwen

Categories: Featured StoryPet SpotlightWays to help ADL

Gwen came in as a stray with her mother and siblings on September 15, 2021. Gwen was the smallest of the litter, and appeared healthy on intake. It was noted that Gwen had a grade 6/6 heart murmur under sedation. A heart murmur on a pet this young usually indicates a genetic defect. Upon her echocardiogram exam with Sonovet, she was diagnosed with Patent Ductus Arteriosus also known as PDA. If not corrected, Gwen is at risk of developing progressive…

Helen’s Second Chance

Categories: Ways to help ADL

Seven year old Dachshund/Terrier mix, Helen, arrived at ADL on May 26, 2021 through transport from Animal Care Services, depressed and shy but very friendly. After arrival she was noted to have diarrhea, so staff immediately tested for Canine Parvovirus since ADL had no prior medical history. She tested negative and was started on our standard protocol of medications to help her get back on track. On June 10th, she was noted to have blood present in her urine, though…

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