Helping a dog here in La Paz means getting personally involved because there is no “animal control” number to call and dropping a dog off at a shelter is not a likely option as most are full and, if they have waiting lists, these are quite long.
To support the rescue efforts of these dogs, Baja Dogs La Paz offers support and help so members of the community have the tools and resources they need to help the dogs in their area. If you have rescued a dog, our goal is to help you find a permanent home for that dog as quickly as possible. You can complete our intake form and we will help you get the dog adopted as quickly as possible – an average time is 30-60 days depending on how proactive you can be to help us.
If the dog is not yet ready to be adopted but needs care and support, please indicate that on the intake form where asked “problems or fears the dogs has including any medical conditions that need to be addressed before adoption:”.
If you are thinking of rescuing but have not yet done so, please consider these things:
- ALWAYS have food, water, and a leash in your car;
- Ask people in the neighborhood if the dog has an owner and proceed accordingly;
- Take it to a vet right away. Baja Dogs can help with Parvo, Distemper, and other tests. Contact us at email@example.com;
- If you can’t take the dog into your home, go to his/her place every day to feed him and give him water until someone can take him/her in – remember that removing a dog from an environment that s/he knows well without a solution, can actually be worse in the long run;
- IN ANY CASE DO NOT RESCUE THE DOG IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO TAKE IT AFTERWARDS. Dogs learn food sources, where shelter is, etc. Until you have a complete solution for the dog, leave it alone and help it along in the environment it knows unless you can take it in and care for it.
Once you have taken the dog in, have it contained and safe, we at Baja Dogs can help you. We can list the dog on our website and reach out to our followers to help get the dog into a permanent home. Due to the volume of requests for help we receive, we need you to do these three things:
- The dog must be contained and safe. We cannot list a dog for adoption that is roaming the streets freely.
- The dog must be sterilized (spayed or neutered) – unless it is under 3 months of age.
- The dog must have a rabies vaccine administered unless under 3 months of age.
Sterilization and rabies vaccines are free at Centro de Salud and low-cost at most vets in town. You can also check Sociedad Humanitaria de La Paz for one of their monthly free sterilization clinics. If you need assistance getting the dog sterilized or vaccinated, please include that request on your intake form.
Once the dog is contained, you can fill out an intake form and we will make arrangements to see the dog and help you with next steps to get it adopted.
Need help with a dog you rescued? Complete the following intake form for assistance: