In the eyes of a homeless animal, YOU can be a hero!
Defenders of Animal Rights, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating cruelty to all animals. In 1988, our shelter opened in the middle of a 35.8 acre wildlife sanctuary in Northern Baltimore County, where we've been operating since.
We offer a low cost spay and neuter certificate accepted at several veterinary offices.
Recent Newsletter Highlights
This photo shows Patrick after an operation to remove his right eye. It is the opinion of our veterinarians that this little dog suffered from chronic dry eye or glaucoma that was never treated. Tragically, Patrick’s eye ruptured, but we began his rehabilitation as soon as he was brought to us. Now, Patrick is feeling great and is happy and secure in his forever home!
We spare no expense when it comes to providing all the medical treatment that homeless animals desperately need. We were here for Patrick when no one else would help him. Thank you for making our rescue work possible.
It’s difficult to imagine, but the hatred in someone’s heart inflicted despicable cruelty on Polly, an innocent and lovable five-month-old kitten. Polly suffered a cut on her little tummy. She had chemical burns on her feet and her tail. We comforted her—letting her know there are good people in this world who care about what she helplessly endured. We provided all the medical attention Polly needed so she could feel better.
Despite the odds, Polly made a remarkable recovery. We found her a wonderful family. Polly likes to be held and carried around like a baby. It’s no surprise. She missed the niceties of being a kitten when someone abused her and tried to takeher life.
Sadly, Carrie and her seven brothers and sisters were abandoned in a crate outside our facility. They were all alone near a busy road. We can only imagine the fear and confusion they must have felt. It was early morning when we found these helpless animals. We have no idea how longthey were in the dark and exposed to the elements. The crate was extremely heavy. It took all the strength of two people to lift it into our rescue van. We immediately provided everything the puppies needed: veterinary checkups, bloodwork, all their inoculations, plus heartworm and flea and tick preventative medicines. Each puppy was so grateful to be saved, and all of them are in loving homes now.
At it's core, Defenders of Animal Rights is a grassroots organization. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, our programs rely solely on public donations! We do not receive any federal, state, or local aid, and we do not employ any professional fundraiser organization. Your contribution directly funds the rehabilitation and care of every animal that comes through our doors.