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. Both organizations worked closely together rescuing stray/abandoned dogs and rehabilitating them at the La Paz shelter.

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.) continues operating with the goal of helping address the problem of stray/abandoned dogs in and around the city of La Paz, BCS, Mexico.

Our mission and purpose has grown and expanded into an organization that seeks to address the overpopulation of dogs through a holistic approach that encompasses education, sterilization, community support programs.

We are run by a U.S. board of directors and a team of volunteers that operate on the ground in La Paz, as well as in select cities in the US and Canada. Meet the team below!

The Board

Michelle Gaylord


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

    Michele Miller


    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

      Michelle McCormick


      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

        The Volunteers

        Sara Manetti

        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

          Rebecca MacDonald

          Fosterer, Transport and Web Support

          Jim and Rebecca moved to La Paz from the Bay Area, CA in 2016 with their own two rescued dogs. On their first day in La Paz, a young Baja pup showed up on their doorstep, and soon became part of their family. Another soon followed ➤ Read more

            Caroline Hyatt

            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

              Linda DiMeglio


              Linda processes all dogs at intake including their initial photographs and temperament assessment. This includes friendliness with kids, cats, strangers, and other dogs. ➤ Read more

                Lisa Wilson

                Communications & Tech Support

                Lisa answers the Inquiries that come in from people asking questions about one (or more) of our dogs. She also assists in keeping our database of dogs current. ➤ Read more

                  Irene Phillips

                  Public Relations

                  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

                    Charlene Angelo


                    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