Learn about some of the programs
funded by your donations.
Our volunteer team spans three countries and incorporates two languages. Volunteers include our clinical team, the intake team, training, those who help with transportation, food distribution, adoption coordinators, store volunteers, and all of the people who work behind the scenes to keep these programs going.
The dogs available for adoption are fostered in the home of their rescuer (“rescatista” in Spanish). Rescatistas care for these dogs through injuries and illnesses as well as behavior issues that come from being abandoned and living on the street. The amount of work involved in getting a dog from a mangy street dog to one that is a sweet, furry, friendly adoptable pet is enormous. It is emotional and sometimes heartbreaking. Our team spends months and some spend a year or more rehabilitating a rescue dog only to say goodbye when it is adopted. Then they go and rescue another and start all the process all over again.
This is how Baja Dogs works. We support rescatistas with food, veterinary care, adoption support, transportation to the new home, training, and supplies. Rescatistas educate their friends, neighbors and family by setting an example of how to rescue and then properly care for a dog. They preach sterilization (spaying and neutering) to anyone who will listen. Often, they recruit new rescatistas and teach them how to make a difference in the life of an abandoned dog. Anyone can be a rescatista. This is how real change will be made concerning the treatment of animals in La Paz.
Below are our most significant programs designed to support these rescatistas.
Our food program feeds an average of 50 dogs a month as part of the Adoption Support System. This is one of our most important programs and the commitment of the volunteers who tend to this is critical to the success of the overall Adoption Support System. Dog Food is our single biggest expense and quality dog food is vital to successfully rehabilitate these dogs from a life where little or no decent food was consumed. With quality dog food, we can catch developmental problems in puppies caused by malnutrition before it is too late. To all who help us keep this program going – you are saving many lives – thank you!!!
Our wellness clinic provides basic preventive medical care to dogs that are being fostered by our rescatistas. Wellness care includes regular health checkups, vaccinations, preventive care and more. This program is vital to the success of our adoptions and ensures that our dogs are in the best possible health before they are adopted. When a dog is adopted, it receives a health certificate with its current vaccination record and is microchipped before being sent to its forever home.
With the help of Salty Paws of La Paz, our rescatistas gather every Saturday at the beach to work on socializing and training their foster dogs. In this class, dogs learn to walk on a leash without pulling and to relax next to each other without becoming distracted. If you have a dog in the Baja Dogs Adoption Program, you are welcome to join every Saturday at 9:00 am at the beach in front of the La Posada Hotel. If you are visiting La Paz and would like to meet some of the rescatistas and their dogs or help out please feel free to join us! If you decide to join – feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will look for you.