Best Of 2017

Our Pick: Animal Defense League of Texas, 11300 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 655-1481,

Adopting a pet of any kind can be both a scary and hard decision, but lucky for us, there’s the Animal Defense League. The knowledgeable staff and group of volunteers at the ADL make bringing a furry pal into the family easy, leaving you with the the equipment, resources and confidence you need to take home your new four-legged friend. The ADL also offers dog training services and programs like Seniors for Seniors — a program that matches senior animals with senior citizens — low cost vaccinations and plenty of wellness advice. The defense league also hosts several monthly events, making it easy to bring people and adoptable pets together.