Baja 34 Animal Rescue Fund

$73,237 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 1,884 people in 41 months

100% of Donations are going to help these neglected pets. Through our partnership with Baja Dogs La Paz we are saving lives every day! Read below to hear the story of how we came to help these pups.

Even though traumatic cases capture the most attention, food remains our highest expense. For 2017 we project an annual food cost of $48,680.00 (USD) and this allows us to save 160 dogs. You can help us with this by becoming one of our monthly donors. Even a small donation can help. For example:
​      $20 a month feeds a puppy or small dog
      $50 a month feeds a medium to large size dog

If you are interested in adopting, please go to 

If you live in the US or Canada and prefer to mail a check, please make payable to and send to:
Baja Dogs La Paz, 11149 Bootes Street, San Diego, CA 92126
Please note that your donation is for the Baja 34 Pack!

Our Story:

On a vacation trip to La Paz, Mexico, we discovered a large pack of stray dogs and cats living on the beach together. Most of them were very thin and in need of medical attention. We counted 34 puppies, dogs, and cats living together in one big pack. 

The overpopulation of dogs in Mexico is a known problem, with an estimated 10,000 dogs in the state of Baja California Sur alone, but we were awestruck by the number of dogs and cats living in one pack and trying to survive together.

We knew immediately that we needed to help these dogs and cats as best we could. We discovered on our trip there was no way to bring any of them back with us due to regulations and requirements. We provided food and water for them daily, but felt helpless not being able to do more. We researched rescue groups in the area and discovered K9 Rancho Del Perro, a no-kill shelter, was working hard to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome the dogs of La Paz, however, their facility was full.  We also found Baja Dogs La Paz, an organization created out of the US to help the dogs of La Paz with donations and organizing transfer of dogs to the US and Canada for adoption. These organizations have been very helpful and have assisted us in our creation of a project to take care of the Baja 34 Pack!

We are determined to do our part to raise funds to help this pack of stray dogs and cats. This site will generate tax-deductible funds that will go straight to the Baja 34 Rescue Project. Our goal is to help the dogs that are already at the refuge facility so they can be found homes which will open up space for our pack to get help. There are many that need immediate medical care, we need to spay and neuter in a clean and safe environment, and we would love to bring some of these pups home to find their forever families in the the state of Minnesota!

More about the Baja 34 "pack”…
·     We counted 34 in total: 8 puppies about 3-4 weeks old, 5 puppies about 14 weeks old, 14 adult dogs and 7 cats.
·     There is a homeless man sharing his meals with them. His name is Jorge and he is an animal lover and takes care of them as best he can. Unfortunately, since none of the dogs are fixed, things have gotten out of hand. Jorge gets some money helping folks with their fishing boats but he lives there on the beach in his makeshift home. We don’t speak Spanish and he doesn’t speak English, but he knew we were there to help and accepted our water and food (for him and the animals). He showed us the new puppies and I think he hoped we would take some with. Sadly, we couldn’t.
·     Of course they are skinny – some more than others and many need medical help. One appeared to have a broken tail that was infected for example.
·     We couldn’t believe how they all got along! We fed them as one big pack and they just dove for the food and had no food aggression – even with the cats! We had some wet food and could feed them a forkful of food one at a time and they would all sit there and take turns, yes, even with the cats. They were well behaved and very friendly. It took a while for a couple of them to trust us, but in the end they were all happy to eat out of our hands – even the toughest little guy finally came around.
·     Those of you who know us, know our passion for taking care of animals. It wasn't a surprise that as soon as we saw the pack, we didn't even have to say anything, we just pulled over and immediately went up to them to learn more. Was it coincidence that we were there or destiny? We truly believe we were meant to be the people to help rescue these animals. At one point we drove down a side road so we could take a picture of the beach on which these animals were living. It wasn't until reviewing pictures that Jeff noticed the name on the boat in front. Coincidence?

Each and every one of these dogs and cats are well behaved and would make wonderful family pets. We were in awe of their trust in us and we saw hope in their eyes. Although they are starving for food, it was apparent they are also starving for love. Anything you can spare will help us toward our goal of rescuing them. A few dollars here will fill an empty puppy belly, help an animal in pain, or give them another day to survive.  Reaching our funding goal will help the Baja 34 pack and so many more animals in need. Thank you for reading and sharing our story with those who can also help.   
Jeff & Diana Hall

More pics of the Baja 34 below... click Subscribe to Updates & Show More above to see recent updates of these pups finding their forever homes!!

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We need transports for these cuties we’ve nicknamed the “Broken Bucket Pups”! These two babies were dropped off over night at our volunteer vet in a broken bucket. Now named Lala & Paws, this little brother and sister are under our care and getting healthy and stronger every day. We’re now crossing paws that they will find passage to Minnesota to find their forever homes! They are just 6 weeks old so we are looking for anyone who can transport from Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, or possibly Los Angeles in September. Help us bring them here to New Leash Rescue! If you, or anyone you know, is flying north to MN from any of these places any time late August or later, please tag them and see if they can help! We also may need escort from the southern Baja to San Diego or LA. Pass it on! The pups will fit under the seat and there is no additional cost to escort. Please share so we can find them a way! If you can't volunteer, donate! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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YIP, YIP, HOORAY!! PAWSITIVELY PAWESOME NEWS!!! We now have a wonderful rescue in Minnesota that is ready, willing, and able to accept foster pups from the Baja!!! In the past, the rescues we worked with were not all onboard with bringing dogs from out of the country, but now, the Best of the Best rescuers in the area have created New Leash Rescue to truly help all dogs in need!! I’m proud, excited, and humbled to be a part of their Board of Directors and help in any way I can to find more dogs happy, healthy and loving homes!!
Baja Dogs La Paz has been continually hard at work rescuing, fostering and caring for the abandoned and neglected dogs of La Paz and currently has a system in place to bring dogs north – usually to the Pacific North West (Seattle, Vancouver, etc.) With a new, safe, landing spot in Minnesota, we hope to be able to greatly increase the number of pups we can save!
The biggest challenge is always the coordination of transporting a pooch to it’s destination. Here’s how you can help!
1. WE NEED PET ESCORTS FROM CABO SAN LUCAS TO MINNESOTA! Do you fly north from Cabo San Lucas?? If you fly Delta from Cabo to MSP, you can bring a pup on board with you. They’re usually puppies and always small enough to fit under the seat. It’s easy, fun and no cost to you! Please sign up to be an official transport to bring a pup north today:
2. WE NEED PET ESCORTS FROM SAN DIEGO! Do you fly to Minnesota from SD? In the summer months, it is harder to bring dogs from Cabo so we can also work to transport them up through Tijuana to San Diego (or possibly LA). The trick will be escorting them to Tijuana, finding volunteers that can pick a pup at the CBX, foster them overnight, and deliver them to the San Diego airport the next day. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way and volunteers at BDLP in La Paz are ready for the challenge. If you can help with any of these steps, sign up here!
3. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE OUR STORY! The more people we reach, the more volunteers we can find, and the more dogs we can save! If anyone falls in love with a pup waiting for rescue, we can usually find a way to transport directly to the fur-ever home too, whether in Minnesota or elsewhere.
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Work continues to save dogs like Gypsy every day.
We had to share this poem by her new family. What a wonderful tribute!

Ode to Baja Dogs La Paz

We, as humans, can only speculate
About a homeless dog’s daily fate
An intervention before it’s too late
Becomes some person’s worthy mandate.

Little dogs, big dogs, young and old
Scruffy, flea-bitten, mangy, we’re told
All brought into a kind person’s fold
In from the heat, wet, dark and cold.

Some are broken with wounds that don’t heal
They’re constantly looking for a meal
For them, hunger is something so real
Whatever they find, a few morsels, they steal.

Abandoned, unclaimed, wild and free
They roam the streets, rest under a tree
Watching for danger, ready to flee
They are everywhere for all to see.

Until some kind individual reads
The look of despair, of hope, the pleads
For kindness and help with basic needs
And makes a decision and intercedes.

A bath, a warm bed, a healthy meal
Food that they no longer have to steal
Medicine to help their wounds to heal
A kind word, food, shelter, what a deal!

A foster home, temporary care
While they heal and wounds repair
They learn to trust, abandon despair
A family, a home, for this they prepare.

A forever home, a forever family
Loved and cherished is what they should be
They all deserve this, we do agree
The goal: a perfect match, dog and adoptee.

Organizations like Baja Dogs La Paz
A group of volunteers with an admirable cause
For all they do for our friends with paws.
They deserve lots and lots of applause.

Volunteers who reach out and rescue
Dogs who need everything, especially love too
They open their homes and their hearts to pursue
A better future for the dogs with me and you.

So thank you, each and everyone
For your dedication and everything you’ve done
For a special little dog, who’s so much fun
We’ve hit the jackpot, indeed, we’ve won.
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Your donations are used for the full spectrum of rescue including medical care, feeding, training, transport and socialization. Here's a peak at some of the fun part - Puppy Play Dates! Because...who doesn't like to watch puppies play? :-) Thanks to your continued support these pups will be socialized and ready for adoption to their forever homes. We are grateful to continue to be able to help because of you!!
Puppy Play Date
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$73,237 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 1,884 people in 41 months
Created February 18, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Baja Dogs La Paz
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