Baja Dogs La Paz, Inc. operates an Adoption Support System for those who rescue dogs. We do not have a shelter or refuge so we are unable to take dogs in that people bring to us. We also do not take in dogs that one person rescues and assign them to a rescuer to foster and care for. All of the rescuers that we work with in La Paz (called rescatistas) rescue dogs that they feel they can handle in their own home with their existing dogs. Anyone can be a rescatista – all it takes is a desire to help a stray/abandoned dog and commitment to help it get ready for adoption. Many first timers become recurring rescatistas because of the satisfaction they get from seeing the transformation in a dog they rescued and from being a part of the solution to solve the overpopulation of dogs in La Paz.

If you see a dog you want to help here are some guidelines to follow.

  1. ALWAYS have food, water, and a leash in your car.
  2. Ask people in the neighborhood if the dog has an owner and proceed accordingly.
  3. Take it to a vet right away. Baja Dogs does not have funds to pay for all veterinary costs but we can help with food, vaccines, deworming, and sterilization.
  4. 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 you 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.
  5. 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.

If you want to rescue a dog and foster it and are committed to helping it become adoptable, then the rewards are beyond words as you watch a rescue dog blossom under your loving care and, as a result, be selected for adoption by someone here in La Paz, the US, or Canada. Just visit our Happily Ever After page to see the hundreds of dogs people in the community have helped to rehabilitate. You will not be alone in this endeavor.

Once you have taken the dog in, have it contained and safe, you can submit an intake form to see if we can take the dog into our adoption support system.

The dog must be adoptable. If it is aggressive, feral, or not socialized then it is not a suitable pet and you must work with the dog to overcome these issues before listing it with us. Please refer to Getting your rescue dog adopted for the steps you can take to expedite your rescued dog’s adoption.

If you are committed to rescuing, fostering, and helping get this dog ready for adoption, then we invite you to submit an intake form and one of our volunteers will be in touch with you for an assessment and photos for promoting your dog.

Intake Forms:

Intake Form – English
Formulario de entrada – español