Baja 34 Animal Rescue Fund
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 http://bajadogslapaz.org/adoption-process/
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!
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
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The Baja 34 Rescue Project was created to help the initial 34 animals that were starving and in need of immediate medical attention. Since we vowed to help them, we’ve met so many wonderful people and groups and are amazed at the amazing things that have happened.
We partnered with Baja Dogs La Paz (BDLP) early on because we needed to find a team to translate US dollars to pesos in order to get the pack the help they needed. We didn’t realize at the time that this was a wonderful thing! BDLP, inc. is a non-profit group dedicated to addressing the overpopulation of dogs in and around the city of La Paz, BCS, Mexico.
The path has not always been easy and is sometimes downright heartbreaking. The worst of the worst has happened a few times when we sadly realized a person or group of people were not really in it for the right reasons. It is beyond our understanding that people can put greed in front of suffering. The best we can do is fully support our partners that we KNOW are doing the right things in the right way, and also provide any support and testimony to the authorities that, paws crossed, will make sure those folks get what they deserve.
As frustrated and angry as these discoveries made us, we became all the more determined to be a part of the right solution. We are incredibly thankful to BDLP and all the volunteers and rescatistas (rescuers) that do the right thing every day. They work hard to find fosters, coordinate adoptions (a BIG job when most rescues find homes in the US or Canada), distribute food and medical supplies, and much, much more.
We are humbled, proud, thankful, and hopeful for all that has happened and continues to happen for the neglected and abandoned animals in the area. So many good things are happening! And, while we are not the only source of support for all the great things that BLDP is doing, we make a difference to their efforts every single day.
Together with your generous support, we have been able to raise over $71,000 through our Baja 34 Project to support the continued efforts. Here are just a few details that show what has been accomplished in the last 3 years:
• The Baja 34 Project alone resulted in the rescue of 74 dogs and 24 cats
• BDLP and their volunteers have rescued, rehabilitated and adopted out over 380 dogs
• 10,000+ pounds of dog food and medical support has been distributed to dogs in need
• The rescatistas network has grown to be able to foster more than 60 dogs at a time
• BDLP has expanded to offering support and grants to qualified organizations and individuals to make an even greater impact
We are also inspired to report that the rescue community is beginning to see a shift in the culture which leads us closer to the goal of ending suffering of animals and the beginning of a new way of living. It is a long road but we are further down the path than we ever dreamed and are excited for the future!
We are truly grateful for all the support we have received and the difference that has been made. We want to thank the wonderful organization of Baja Dogs La Paz for their foresight and determination to make a difference. Thank you to volunteer veterinarians, who without their professional assistance, many rescues could not happen. Thank you to the giving travelers who assist with transporting pups to their new families. And, special thanks all the rescatistas and local volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure animals are treated with love and care and find their forever homes.
Our sincerest and deepest thanks go to our financial supporters. We continue to be humbled by those who can spare $5, $10, $20 or more towards our goals. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. Without your donations, we cannot continue to make a difference. You are the fuel to our vehicle for change.
Please share our story so we can continue to support everyone in their amazing efforts. We are looking forward to see what 2018 brings and will continue to keep you posted on the great things happening in La Paz.
Jeff & Diana