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 ADL...in 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.
I have adopted both a dog and a cat from this shelter. I have also volunteered and donated food, money and supplies for the last two years. Cheryl is an angel to these animals. She works very hard to supply the very best for these animals which is extremely hard in these times when both donations and supplies are hard to come by. This shelter is also a sanctuary for some of the animals that will never find a forever home due to behavior, health or emotional problems. For them this shelter is their forever home. The employees, volunteers and supporters of this shelter know the truth about the care and love that these animals get. Cheryl knows each and every animal very well and is very careful about wanting to place them with the right family so that they will not be returned to the shelter and she has been critized alot about this. All responsible shelters should monitor who adopts their animals so that the best possible outcome is established. Not all are good fits, but there are many wonderful dogs and cats at this shelter that would make wonderful additions to someone's family. Please consider Animal Friends when looking for a new pet for your family.
After reading several negative reviews, I feel I must comment. I have been to ADL facility twice, spoken to them on the phone a few times, and seen them at fundraiser/community awareness events. My friend adopted 2 cats from them recently w/o problems. Positive sides are that the adoption fees are the lowest around, it is a no-kill shelter, it is a non profit organization and it is run largely by volunteers who are trying to help the animals. Also they can assist with low cost spay/neuter, treatment of heartworms etc. Only negative side I can see is that the facility itself seems old and dirty with no great place to meet an individual animal outside its crate or run, unless the weather is good enough to be outdoors. We are lucky to have them. If you'd rather see a clean air conditioned facility try San Antonio Animal Care Services where, sadly, too many homeless animals come every day for them not practise euthanansia.