Baja Dogs La Paz, Inc. was formed in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) charity to support a Mexican dog refuge that operated in La Paz by the same name. This Mexican dog refuge was incorporated in Mexico - so the distinguishing characteristic in its name was the "A.C." at the end instead of the "Inc." While both organizations were legally separate entities under completely separate governments, they had the same name to show that they worked together seamlessly for the benefit of U.S. donors as well as the Mexican community. It didn't matter that the public thought of them as one entity because both organizations existed solely for the purpose of rescuing stray/abandoned dogs and rehabilitating them at the La Paz shelter.
The benefit to having a U.S. charity was that donors filing a U.S. return could receive a tax deduction. Several years ago, the Mexican refuge (Baja Dogs La Paz, A.C.) closed its doors. However, the U.S. charity (Baja Dogs La Paz, Inc.) opted to continue operating with the goal of helping address the problem of stray/abandoned dogs in and around the city of La Paz, BCS, Mexico.
It continues to operate today as a funding arm for Mexican charities and projects. So while many people still think of the local La Paz shelter when they hear the name Baja Dogs La Paz, its mission and purpose has grown and expanded well beyond that into an organization that seeks to address the overpopulation of dogs through a more wholistic approach that encompasses education, sterilization, community support programs to prevent abandonment, as well as rescue efforts.
It is run by a U.S. board of directors and a team of volunteers in La Paz as well as select cities in the US and Canada. Meet the team below!
From my first visit of La Paz, I was enchanted by the warm, friendly people and unsurpassed beauty of the Bay of La Paz. But I couldn’t ignore the unbelievable number of street dogs. ➤ Read more
When vacationing in La Paz, I started volunteering at a local dog refuge by walking dogs and doing anything else I could to help out. One thing led to another and I knew I had to do more . . . ➤ Read more
Looking for a second home in the area, my family and I discovered La Paz. I read about a local dog refuge in one of the English language newspapers and started volunteering. ➤ Read more
Adoption Coordinator and Post-Adoption Support for Seattle, WA
Sara lives in Seattle, WA and came on board with Baja Dogs when she adopted a beloved 5 year old Shepherd Mix from us. She works to advertise the dogs, writes the profiles for each dog’s web page, interviews adopters, and performs home checks. ➤ Read more
Cindy and her husband, Bernie, came to La Paz in 2007 from Nanaimo, BC, Canada for a visit and decided to make La Paz their home. True to Cindy's generous nature and organizational skills, she immediately got involved in local charities, including Baja Dogs La Paz. ➤ Read more
Foster Care Coordinator-Vancouver, BC, Canada
Caroline lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada and supports the adoption process by doing telephone interviews and home checks. Having adopted a Baja Dogs rescue herself, she knows exactly what is involved and how to assure the dogs and owners are the right fit for each other. ➤ Read more
Warren and Lori Paulin
Warren and Lori Paulin live in La Paz full time and like all volunteers, they are often involved in rescuing a stay or abandoned dog in need of help. Both help forge new relationships with airlines and transportation organizations. ➤ Read more
Lupita has had more dogs adopted through the Baja Dogs process than any other single rescuer here in La Paz. ➤ Read more
Sandra works in environment and sustainability and on her free time she loves to kitesurf and surf in Baja and above all, working ➤ Read more
Irene and her husband spend winters in beautiful La Paz and are only too willing to get involved in many efforts to make life better ➤ Read more
After 25 years as a serial entrepreneur, Charlene came to La Paz with her husband to retire. Always a dog lover with an I/T background ➤ Read more