Community Service Hours

We are a 501c3 and happy to help you fill Community Service Hours

If you are looking for activities to attend check out our Sunday Farmers Market and Saturday Horse Class below. There are also many ways to help us help the animals in need via the Internet these days.  Here are some ideas, but we are open to creativity and self starters!

We are happy to have your help and then sign off on community service hours for local students.

Hold a Fundraiser

You can sell something, throw a party, bake sale, garage sale, online campaign or just ask your friends.

Fundraise Online

From the comfort of your home/computer you can help the street animals of Puerto Rico.  Use our paypal account – but create a unique campaign either via facebook or a professional fundraising website (watch out for hidden fees, we can still do it, just read the fine print so we all know).  We are here to help if you like this idea. Even just $100 can help …. imagine if just 100 people raised $100 from different activities!  It really does make a difference in the life of an animal

Photograph Defensa Adoptable Animals

We know that a good photo can make all the difference in an animal getting adopted.  However, it isn’t as easy as you think to get a quality photo of an animal.   If you are located around Rincon and have an interest in photography this is an excellent opportunity to promote your photography while helping animals.     Defensa is happy to promote your photography and you are welcome to watermark your photos Defensa uses.

Be a “Travel Dog”

If you’d like to make some extra money by helping to “Travel Dogs. These would be Defensa dogs and/or any dogs rescued in Western Puerto Rico. We have a Defensa Travel Agent, Chiqui, to assist you with the knowledge and bookings to make the travel happen – but you would need to do the Vet and Airport parts, physically transporting the dog. The money will be paid by donations made directly to you and specifically for that animals travel. Defensa will not be using general donations to compensate “Travel Dogs”, nor with Defensa be the middle man for exchanging the money. This worked before so we are hopeful it can work again – making more happy endings for the street dogs of Puerto Rico

Donate a nightly or monthly percentage of your Business Sales to Defensa

If you don’t have a Business, maybe you can work with a local Rincon business – or even a business in another part of the World you have connections to, and come up with a fund raising idea.  It really can be as simple as ONE DAY OF SALES go towards Defensa.  And then we can promote it on facebook!  It’s a win win … brings exposure to the business offering the percentage and raises money for street animals in need!

Sponsor A Defensa Adoptable Animal – Remote Fosters/Shelter Liaisons – Find a Shelter in Your Area that will Take Some of our Animals – Requirements/Details

Has to Be No Kill Shelter or Rescue Group

Are located on a pet friendly length flight from BQN United  or SJU American – See our Taking An Animal To The US page for airline contacts.

You Identify what specific health requirements they have for taking our animals & coordinate getting the animal to them – Defensa pays for the flight and minimally the animal will be up-to-date on vaccinations, rabies and spay/neutered

You and They can pick animals they are interested in from our page

Sponsor a Street Animal

Meaning you do not have to take the animal into your home – but you can take the animal to the Vet for Vaccinations and Spay/Neuter (Defensa will pay). You can keep tabs on that animal and possibly get it adopted while it is living on the street. You would do similar things that are on our Foster Page – but the animal does not have to live with you.


If you are in Rincon – Defensa  is looking for a bilingual Volunteer to setup and execute Animal Education Courses for our local youth.

Saturday Free Horse Class

Volunteer to help us at our weekly Saturday Free Horse Class.  Even if you aren’t currently comfortable around horses we can help you learn the skills to help others around our horses.   If you are highly skilled in an area of horse training or care we would love for you to lead a class.   We have a few horses we use in the class but we are also open to those who have horses and would like to use them in a class.

Sunday Farmer’s Market – Bring a Foster

Sometimes our foster families are unable to bring their foster to the Sunday Rincon Farmer’s Market.  If you’d like to help, we would connect you directly with a foster family and together you can coordinate getting the animal to the Plaza from 10am to noon on Sunday.

Be a Home for a Rescued Animal

Send us your email and we will add you to a distribution list we contact when an animal is in need of a home before adopted. Or you may find an animal on our Adopt page and help the current foster by taking over fostering if they would like a break.

Visit our Ways to Support Page

There are applications and products these days to raise money by just doing what you do on a regular basis.  We have some listed on our Support the animals page.

If you can’t adopt, foster … If you can’t foster, donate … If you can’t donate, volunteer … If you can’t volunteer, educate, network and spread the word …. Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life