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By: Kathy W.
Animal Defense League of Texas
My ex-husband and I adopted a dog there and received excellent service and a family member that we loved and cared for (my ex has the dog now). My son and I recently obtained another dog from there. The staff there were really listening to our needs and considering the dogs' personalities. We found a very good fit (and considering the requirements of our apartment complex as well as my son's personality and mine was quite a feat). The only suggestion I would make to the ADL is that they list the phone number for the vet clinic and hours on the website.
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By: Rebecca G.
Animal Defense League of Texas
I will NEVER get another pet from here. Said that my kitten had been tested for several things and it came back negative. They either did not test or did not read it right as he died a couple of months later. I called and told them about it the response i received was your kidding. No i was not I am just heartbroken and very mad and upset. I am just glad I dont have children at home that got attached to him also
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By: Chrisprattismineforever K.
Animal Defense League of Texas
this is Oliver we got him At Animal Defense League You might remember him you name him Trevor we got him in 2006 and he looks great we love him to death he is 8 years old now and he is my favorite i spoil him everyday and love him with all my heart i have room for him in my heart and will always will and he means everything to me hes my everything
By: Drew A.
From Ruffs To Riches
Great place. Loved how much they had for different animals. Friendly staff. Definitely going back.
By: Danielle W.
Man & Beast Inc
They never answer the phone or return calls!
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By: jeniyahoo.jackson
Animal Shelter Assistance Program
I Have 2 problems: My next door neighbor has a big dog that she never takes on a walk or gives the dog exercise. All it does is barks all night starting about 5 untill 8pm. the dog is not meant to be locked up on her back porch day n and day out. I"m not sure ho to call, to come get the animal. PLEASE HELP. IT'S NOT THE DOGS FAULT I blame the owner. 2nd problem Is my mother Will you please put her out of her missery Please reply at
By: lawgirl19
Animal Defense League of Texas
It is sad for me to see all the poor reviews of ADL. Of course, people are much more likely to write a review when they are mad, and unfortunately the hundreds & hundreds of stories of great experiences at ADL go unheard.I have been a volunteer at ADL since earlier this year and I go for 2-3 hours a week. I have been involved with many different shelters & rescues throughout the years, and ADL is one of the best I've seen. The staff & volunteers there care so much about the animals...this is one of the reasons why they don't adopt their dogs & cats out to just anyone. Many people think it would be better to have a dog in ANY home, as opposed to a shelter, but this really isn't the best thing for the dog. If it means the dog has to stay in the shelter for a few more weeks to get them into the best situation FOR LIFE...that's the more responsible thing to do. I also do fostering through ACS & SAPA and I see so many "adopters" bringing their dogs back after just a few days for a variety of reasons. Being a little more stringent on who animals get adopted out to helps avoid this problem, and avoid confusion for the animal as well. ADL cares about dogs/cats going to the best possible home for them.Additionally, I have NEVER seen excessive feces, dirt, etc. in the kennels at fact, it's rare to see any at all. From what I've witnessed on a weekly basis, everything is clean, organized & well-run. The dogs have indoor & outdoor areas in their kennels, they have a HUGE walking park where volunteers & staff take the dogs for walks, and many large outdoor areas/kennels where the dogs can get social time, take a dip in the pool, chase a ball or roll in the grass. Volunteer trainers come in to work with the dogs on commands, walking on a leash, etc. ADL puts a lot of time & care into the animals there. Regardless of the other reviews posted here, when you adopt a dog from ADL, you can be sure that you are getting a healthy, socialized, loved & well taken care of animal. I would (and HAVE) reccommend ADL to anyone looking for a new pet to bring into their family.
By: 4txtafs
Animal Defense League of Texas
We came into adopt a dog on Saturday. They said they would hold her until 4:30 that day. When we came back they let someone else adopt her. We spoke to the "manager" which was also the person that "helped" us w/the adoption & she was not compassionate, stated a fake "sorry" to our children & was unprofessional & uncaring. Our children have collected newspaper, food, litter & other items for donation for ADL & after this experience will no longer make donations to this organization of any kind! And we would recommend that those looking to adopt look elsewhere!
Tips & Advices
Most city and county shelters offer affordable spay/neuter services. SPCA and Humane Society shelters also are known for their low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Shelters typically offer spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping and some essential medical treatment (deworming, mange treatment) to animals being adopted from the shelter. For other veterinary services, you will need to find a vet.
No-kill and low-kill shelters will state it in their online profile and other official materials. They will usually explain what their process/policy is for looking after the animals in their care. These are also known as “limited admission” shelters because they are usually at full capacity most or all of the time. Also, they often work with rescue organizations or county Animal Services authorities to accommodate animals living in inhumane conditions, abandoned or injured animals.
Anyone can bring a lost animal to a county or municipal shelter. However, private shelters affiliated with rescues often will not accept animals, whether lost or surrendered by owners. Shelters with low-kill policies often have a limited admission capability.
Adopting an adult dog from a county or city shelter usually costs $75-$100. Young adult purebreds and puppies often have a higher adoption fee.  The fee to adopt a cat is usually about $50– sometimes with discounts if one new owner adopts two cats. The adoption fee usually covers the cost of spay/neuter surgery and essential vaccinations.

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