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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To provide a safe haven for needy animals, reduce pet overpopulation, and adopt homeless animals to permanent homes.

Results: We have rescued and placed thousands of dogs and cats in their forever homes. Our Spay/Neuter clinics have sterilized over 3000 dogs/cats locally (Rosarito)

Target demographics: Animals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 372 dogs/cats find forever homes. Spay/Neuter 1200+ dogs/cats

Geographic areas served: Rosarito, Tijuana, San Diego

Programs: Operate a shelter in mexico for rescued animals; spay/neuter clinics; adopt dogs/cats to permanent homes in the U.S.A.

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our sweet Jasper, goofy Lucy, and love bug Zippy were all adopted from Baja Animal Sanctuary. We had such a great experience with BAS after our first adoption, I began volunteering at adoption events as I was so inspired by their passion, dedication and endless love for animals. BAS is an amazing organization.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We'd been thinking about adopting for quite a while and finally connected with BAS. Once we did, it happened very quickly! They made the entire process so easy. We felt supported from beginning to "end". During the foster period, we had a wonderful relationship with Anita who supported us and answered all our questions.

Daisy is a lovely animal who enjoys going everywhere with us and knows how to relax after long hikes or days at the beach! She has made herself at home and part of the family.

If we were to do it again, it would definitely be with Baja Animal Sanctuary.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Baja Animal Sanctuary was so easy to work with in adopting my new dog, Mallory!! They made the adoption process very simple. The staff are very pleasant & answered any questions I had promptly. They do such great work in helping pets in need & finding them a forever homes! Hats off to BAS!!!

1 Kate I.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

BAS is a wonderful organization that works tirelessly to rescue, rehab and socialize their cats and dogs to prepare them to be adopted into forever homes. We will always be grateful for our little Rosalie! ❤️

2 Elizabeth P.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two dogs from them. They are so caring for all their animals. We had our Bailey for 14 years and our senior Nubie for a few years. Judy Sobel and Anita are great.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Baja Animal Sanctuary working 24/7 To save dogs and cats , rehabilitate them, provide medical services, spay and neuter for the community and others Not to mention finding the right placement for all animals that go to new homes.. I can’t say enough about this group. They go way beyond the fences and walls of the sanctuary to provide help for all.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

we adopted two dogs from them and they were great through the whole process, a great organization!

2 Carol H.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the last12 years I have adopted 6 dogs from Baja Animal Sanctuary in Mexico. They have and are the BEST DOGS I have ever had and all came in very good health and well behaved. The wonderful work done to promote and place these precious animals is outstanding. Also adopted 4 cats.

1 anniehh

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs from BAS. One dog, Sugar, became my hearing dog out of her natural intelligence and devotion.
My other dog, Billy, is a self-taught emotional support dog. He has been a comfort to 2 people during hospice. And a third person in need of care. They are the best dogs ever and the best sanctuary also.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs from the Baja Animal Sanctuary , Sugar and Billy. They are wonderful dogs who were well taken care of at the sanctuary. The best dogs ever!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic caring group of people always putting the welfare of its animals first.
The dogs are some of the happiest and most social pups anywhere.
The volunteers are very helpful and friendly especially Judith who works tirelessly to find homes for these special babies.
Love this place!

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3

Donor

Rating: 5

This fabulous animal rescue provides the best care and active involvement to find forever homes for animals from the streets of Mexico. They provide spray and neutering clinics at a very low cost. They also Provide medical treatment to sick and injured animals who have no one else. We have adopted from them for years and have been amazing by the wonderful pets and caring volunteers.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been adopting dogs from this group for...20 years? I know my kids only know BAS dogs and I know their ages. They are the most appreciative animals and give you back ten fold. I appreciate the love given to these animals and the effort the staff puts forth in dealing with me and my family on getting each new family member!

1 cherischenck

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently adopted my 4th BAS dog (first one passed away). This is the only organization I will ever use for dog adoptions. The dogs are very well cared for and thoroughly checked out before being considered for adoption. They almost always are well socialized with other dogs (and often cats). The 2 week foster to adopt period is the best; there is always follow up and help with any issues and it is not limited to just the foster period. I feel comfortable in contacting the organization for help anytime and find them to be well informed with good suggestions. They truly care that the perfect home is found for every dog.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 dogs from BAS and have been a volunteer for over a year. This organization only cares that the dog is in the appropriate home and provides that opportunity with the 2 week foster period before the final adoption. The dogs are very well socialized and have had all their vaccinations. The adoption applications are carefully screened and follow ups are done very shortly after the dog is placed. The volunteers are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and deeply care for all of the dogs. I would never adopt from another organization.

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1 tempest333

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sydney was found as a stray in Mexico when he was 4 and went to live at Baja Animal Sanctuary. In 2019 his stellar smile online stole my heart and, at 9 years young, he came and started a new life with myself and his three new canine siblings. It is hard to imagine my life without my studly scruffy senior and I am forever in debt to BAS for bringing him into my life. Every day is a new adventure, and the sky is the limit for this rescue rock star!

1 Susie H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in Rosarito, Baja MX and learned about Baja Animal Sanctuary when a couple of puppies were wandering loose on my street and I wanted to help get them adopted.
BAS came to the rescue and both of the puppies have been placed in good homes.
I've attached 2 photos of one of the pups. One photo from when I found him and another from when he was adopted.
I currently volunteer and find much joy in being able to help.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The missing link to our family was waiting for us at Baja Animal Sanctuary, and thanks to BAS and Judy he is home!!! We worked closely with Judy to adopt our sweet boy, Boris. The program is exceptional; they pay close attention to detail and have fantastic skills in matching animals to their families. We love our pup so much and are so thankful for this wonderful organization!

2 Vinceena I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring, kind, responsive, positive and so very helpful to animals in need.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kind, caring, sanctuary for so many lost or unwanted animals. They care deeply for their, hopefully temporary, resident animals and work tirelessly on a shoestring budget and donations. Thank u Baja Animal Sanctuary!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization. I was blessed with a visit to the sanctuary and was completely impressed. The pups and kitties are so well taken care of and loved. The enclosures are huge. Not one is left alone and they are socialized
I highly recommend Baja Animal Santuary and would use them when it's our time again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about this organization thru a friend. I had the honor of getting a tour and was ������ impressed.
They care for the durables extremely well. And they screen where their forever homes will be. I could be more pleased with them.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my puppy Cassius in 2019. This is a wonderful rescue full of wonderful people. From the application process to the adoption, they help with everything. I would absolutely rescue another animal with them and recommended them to everyone I know.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience adopting my dog from Baja Animal Sanctuary. Caring, genuine people work for this organization and they do amazing things for animals.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

So many amazing animals are safe in homes because of BAS. They’re the best! Our two BAS pups agree :)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Baja Animal Sanctuary does amazing work!! I can’t say enough good about all the volunteers that go way beyond to save animals !

1 Bonnie D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 11 years and have finally adopted one for myself! My beloved pup, Darcy, passed away during Covid and was a one dog family type. I adopted Frankie and she has brought so much joy into my life! BAS does the very best at rescuing, fostering and find forever homes for our precious pups. They always make sure to find the right fit for humans and dogs alike. Thank you BAS!❤️

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with BAS for the last 9 years. Everyone from the folks who bring in rescues to those who place them to those who foster and finally to those who adopt are amazing, generous people who have an additional gene in their makeup. I’m so fortunate to be part of this rescue organization.

1 Gisal M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simply the best! Both of our rescues are from Baja Animal Sanctuary & we couldn't imagine our lives without them. The non-profit really cares about the wellbeing of the animals and make sure they end up in a really good home. I also had the opportunity of visiting the sanctuary in 2020 & 2021, it really is heaven on earth for street dogs & cats. There is no other non-profit in Rosarito doing what BAS is doing.

1 Jaci A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Baja Animal Sanctuary has the BEST dogs and cats. They take time with these precious ones to ensure they will complete any home. I have adopted my sweet kitties from them and was so impressed I wanted to volunteer and have been now for 13 years.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Baja Animal Sanctuary for over 12 years now and I have never been more impressed with their care and compassion for the animals. I couldn't be more proud to be apart of such an amazing organization. We have adopted several kitties from them and all have enriched our lives. This organization is truly one that deserves all the recognition possible.

1 Claudia R.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs from BAS in the last 2 years.
I am so grateful for the work they do in rescuing animals off of the streets in Mexico.

1 ImJudy

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with BAS for 18 years. As Program Director I know how much care goes into the well-being of the animals in our facility. The adoption process is simple but strict. After an application is approved the family meets the dog/cat and is then interviewed by one of our seasoned volunteers. If all goes well, they get to take the dog/cat home. There is a 2 week foster period to assure that the pet is a good match. A home visit is done and if it's a good match the adoption is finalized. If it's not a good match, we take the dog/cat back and the adoption fee is refunded.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a full time cat volunteer with the Baja Animal Sanctuary since June 1999. In those 22 years, we have adopted out over 2000 cats to only the BEST homes. There is no other organization I could work with that does a better job placing these kitties than BAS. We are blessed to have several long-time cat volunteers - one for 21 years and several for almost 20 years. A testament to our unwavering goal of placing these cats in their forever homes.

2 Jamie F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog that I adopted from Baja is about to Turn 14. The process of adopting her all those years was fantastic and the volunteers made it a great experience. Awesome organization still doing great things.

2 Wendy M.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not save enough positive admiring things about this rescue group! Dogs stay for life is not places in a living forever home. No cages but freedom to roam. Spay neuter clinics for all people and the cost is low or covered by donations. Great dogs and people who share the passion of deep love for each animal they come across BAS 4ever. ♥️♥️♥️♥️

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering for about a year with Baja Animal Sanctuary and it’s been a very enjoyable and satisfying experience. Kathleen and the other volunteers really care about all the kitties, and you can tell by how happy and playful all the cats and kittens are. I highly recommend Baja for volunteering and adopting. There is just so much love and care put into caring for these adorable babies ❤️❤️

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our precious dog, Baylee from BAS. They were very thorough in making sure she was going to a good home and that we were a good match for each other once she went home with us. The BAS folks go to great efforts to rescue and find homes for animals. We rescued Baylee, and she brightens our lives every day.

1 Larissa S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my puppy Cody from BAS back in 2014. The staff at BAS was very friendly and let me meet Cody first with my other dog Ace to make sure they got along well. Ace took to Cody right away. BAS staff even visited my apartment to make sure Cody was settling in and well taken care of. Now Cody lives in MA with 1/2 acre to run around on and is very happy. So glad BAS gave Cody the chance to get off of the streets and into a loving home. Thank you!

1 Emi O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for a few weeks in Rosarito last October, 2019. I was so impressed with this wonderful organization and the little amount they have to work miracles with. Animals at their shelter are spade/ neutered, receive all medical attention and trained and loved before they are adopted.
But....its endless...just as they get 20 dogs adopted, someone leaves 15 abandoned puppies and 5 baby kitttens at their doorstep. IT IS CONSTANT.
They even offer to their neighbors, free spaying and neutering to help the local population of neglected and abused dogs and cats.
I cried when I had to leave to go back to California.
PLEASE GIVE TO THIS AMAZING FAMILY OF ANIMAL LOVERS.
They will have a special place in Heaven for these people.
Much Love,
Emily Ortiz

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such an Amazing organization, we adopted our awesome two fur babies from them. I recommend them to all our friends and family. Thank you for all that you do Baja Animal sanctuary!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter adopted her best friend Leroy from Baja Animal Sanctuary..he had many issues, great fear of humans and trust issues..they allowed her extra time..so wise and Leroy is this families spoiled pup..saved from the streets and now living the dream!

1 Florensio Bonillo E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got my dog Cider from them in 2006. Sadly, he passed away in 2017 of old age issues. I volunteered with their adoption events in San Diego. This organization rocks!!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can’t say enough good things about this organization. Well run, great attention to the well being of the animals within their care.
Will adopt again from them when the time is right.
Mike H

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no other place that I would adopt a dog from. Our family has adopted many dogs from BAS. What the staff and volunteers do for the animals of Baja is so incredibly needed and a very thankless job. We appreciate everything that you do!

1 Sarah H.17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have adopted one cat and one dog from BAS. I support this organization wholeheartedly as they face an uphill climb that many rescue organizations do not. They live in an area where they not only rescue neglected, abused, forgotten animals, but they also face a constant struggle of trying to educate a local populace which does not value these animals. I applaud them for the never-ending work they do. They are also very diligent in trying to place the animals in the best home possible, including home visits to the prospective families.

1 Jessica D.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet boy Dexter from BAS! He has by far been the best dog we have ever had and I think BAS for taking great care of him for the time they had him in their care. Adoption fees and reasonable and their vetting process is solid. I will use them again when the time comes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One look at his face says it all—pure love. Baja Animal Sanctuary is by far one of the best shelters I’ve come across. They care and work to ensure dogs and cats find good homes. I know our home is better off for their part in bringing this guy into our lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that has helped save so many lives. They helped me find my best friend! They save dogs from the streets that suffer horrible neglect and abuse and find them loving homes. The world is a better place because of people like this.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two amazing pups from BAS. The work that this group does is so wonderful - they care so much about the animals and do everything they can to ensure that each adoption is the right fit for both the owner and the dog!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my sweet Mocha from Elsa and BAS two years ago!...Such awesome people doing amazing things for all those amazing animals in Mexico!

I can not thank them enough!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two puppies from BAS. These people are so caring and loving with the fur babies. Their priority is the doggies and kitties. I love my babies. They both got a great start at BAS

1 Maggie L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 3 amazing dogs from BAS. All 3 had been taken care of, examined, given vaccines. BAS makes sure you are a fit for the dog and the dog is a fit for you with the 2 week trial. They truly care for the dogs and love to hear from their “alumni”. We highly recommend adopting through BAS.

1 Haley C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has adopted four dogs from Baja Animal Sanctuary! They are wonderful additions to the family. The volunteers are so committed and passionate, and take wonderful care of all the animals that come into the sanctuary.

1 Darlene O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted “Jacob” and had him about 14 years. He was a rescue who had a very hard life but with Sunny caring for him he recovered and eventually crawled deep inside my heart. Who saved who?

1 Jennifer Wernberg Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet Charlie from BAS 4.5 years ago. I can’t imagine our lives without him. We are so thankful that we stumbled upon him that day in the Petco lot and adopted him. Our lives were forever changed for the better.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

12 years ago we began fostering for the Baja Animal Sanctuary. Before fostering, we completed a lengthy application. Volunteers then conducted an interview and checked out our home. Our foster dogs were adopted by amazing families after being thoroughly screened.
When it was time for us to adopt, we drove to BAS to bring home our baby. We were so impressed with their facilities, the caring they showed to all of the dogs. They never give up on any dogs, even those who are not adoptable.
I once rescued a mangy dog off the street. BAS picked him up, spent months treating and caring for him, then found him a forever home.
We regularly refer friends who are looking to adopt, including one just last week. All are thrilled with how BAS found them their perfect match.
I cannot say enough about this caring organization.

1 lovemybabies

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted four cats from BAS. I am very impressed with Kathleen’s dedication to find a good home for the animals in her care. She gave us several good tips on home safety and cat care. Our kitties were in very good health and settled into their new home very nicely.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We’ve adopted 4 cats from BAS over the years. Kathleen came to our house and had a few suggestions on preparing our home for our new babies. She even came over the next day to give 2 of our kitties their last vaccinations. I’ve e seen the volunteers in action and they are very ‘personable’ and give the kitties one in one attention. We are very happy with our new family members.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Layla this Feb and it was such an easy process. I first saw her online and contacted BAS who told me she was already set to meet a family but they would keep me in mind. Luckily for us it wasn’t a right match and Layla’s foster mom contacted me to see if we were still interested. I was, and she was so kind to send more pictures and videos. Knowing how shy Layla was, we met Layla at her foster house. It was love at first sight although since things were contingent on her getting along with my present dog, it was reassuring that BAS has a 2 wk foster period before finalizing adoptions. Now Layla and Chestnut play together all the time and it’s been so helpful for her to learn from him. I have been very impressed with the dedication of BAS Volunteers/fosters to find forever homes for the animals! They truly care to match the right family to the dogs and they even do an extra step of a home visit to make sure everyone is happy.

1 Wendy R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My precious pups were rescued by this wonderful group! I adopted them together and our lives have been blessed by both of them. Thank you BAS for your commitment to these helpless animals.

1 Erin M.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met my heart dog through Baja Animal Sanctuary. We've been together for about a year and a half and she's the best dog ever. Everyone who meets her loves her, can't believe she was a rescue, and tells me they wish they'd adopted her. If I ever get another dog, I'll only adopt from Baja.

The adoption was thorough and fair, putting the dog's best interest first but keeping the process easy and straight forward.

1 Shannon H.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Marcus about 5 years ago and he has become the best friend ever. He is gentle and goofy and loves walks more than anything.. Except maybe food. We had a great experience with the Baja Animal Sanctuary. You can tell how much they care about animals. So happy to have Marcus in our lives.

1 Jessica J.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue was very communicative and wonderful to work with. Each of the volunteers I spoke with has such passion for animals and I was impressed with the efficient system they have to find homes for their animals. Our senior dog Allie (on the right) was cared for by them for a few years before being considered socially ready for adoption. We recently took her to the vet and she got a glowing bill of health— it is apparent that their dogs are very well taken care of. I had spoken with multiple rescues before we adopted our new family member and we really enjoyed the whole experience with Baja Animal Sanctuary.

2 Christina L.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a 4 month old puppy from BAS. I love how they begin with a foster period to ensure a good match, and will actually come out to conduct a site visit before they are officially adopted. He is now going on 2 years old, and is the best dog ever. Thank you BAS for your efforts in rescuing and giving him a better chance at life!

1 Peter G.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from BAS about four months ago and I’m still in awe of how much they truly care for their animals! The adoption process was so easy and they were so friendly! When they came to do the home visit, I knew for sure that I adopted from the right organization. They go above and beyond to make sure there is a good fit and set you up for success with your new fur baby!

1 Karey H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great non-profit saving homeless dogs from Mexico. The adoption process was quick and easy. We live our Rubi.

1 Rachel M.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two dogs with BAS and our experience from beginning to end through the whole process was incredible. The volunteers and staff are friendly, supportive, and truly are passionate about what they do. I could not be happier with our experience and our BAS rescues have brought so much love and light into our lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Kobe in February 2016. The staff is very friendly and professional. We love Baja and we will use them again for our next pet.
Nydia

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome nonprofit. I got my pup from them and donate when I can!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our fur baby Cali, formerly Ashley over a year ago. The representatives from BAS were very kind, informative, helpful and professional. We were impressed with how they came to check our home and make sure it was suitable for our future dog. They followed up with us and made sure Cali was a good fit for our family. If we choose to add another dog to our family, we will surely go to BAS first.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I called them about this poor dog that was obviously lost from her family (a few days after fireworks 4th of July). They came right over, we’re kind n gentle to this shy frightened dog. They took her to Thier sanctuary and looked for her owners, eventually finding her a new home. ❤️

2 Janie Wolicki B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Baja Animal Sanctuary is the best. They truly care about matching animals who need homes to the perfect family. Out Lani was a Baja Dog, and the sanctuary helped complete our family!

1 Dawn Marie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Baja Animal Sanctuary truly stands behind their mission to provide a safe haven for dogs and cats. I’ve been able to experience many of their adoption events firsthand and have visited the sanctuary many times. Every volunteer I’ve worked with has exhibited the utmost professionalism and care for animals. I’m so impressed with the work they do with their regular spay/neuter clinics. I’m so grateful to be part of their volunteer network.