Intake Procedure

The Animal Defense League is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization. Our shelter service is limited access, meaning we accept animals if we have space, and by appointment only. If you need to make an appointment, send a request by email with photos and a description of the pet (age, sex, weight, breed) to or call 210-655-1481, ext. 115 and leave a message.

Please note that your email or phone message does not guarantee an appointment or that we will take the pet in question. ADL staff will contact you with an appointment date and time. Intake decisions are based on the number and size of open kennels and cages, and not on a first-come, first-served basis.

All animals must be friendly, adoptable, and pass health and behavioral assessments to be considered for intake. We are not able to accept aggressive or feral dogs and cats, and can only take in a limited number of injured or sick animals. We do not do any intakes on Sundays.

Surrender fees:

K9 Surrender Fee’s:
0-25 lbs = $30
26-50 lbs = $50
51-100 lbs = $75
100+ lbs = $100
HW (+) = $100 additional
Medical/Other = $50 additional

Feline Surrender Fee’s:
Kitten = $30
Adult Cat = $20
Medical/Other = $50 additional

Please print and complete a Pet Profile and bring it with you to your appointment. To view our complete Intake Policy, as well as a list of other resources for placing pets, click here: ADL Intake Policy

Para ver nuestra polica de recibimineto de perros y gatos en Español; incluyendo otros lugares que aceptan animales y mas recursos de ayuda, siga Recibimineto de Animales (forma pdf).