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Baja Animal Sanctuary

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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

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 John R K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The organization is top notch. They helped me adopt a 5 Month old Labrador mix. She’s been a great addition to the family.

1 Jacklyn L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been loosely involved with several rescues and closely involved with Baja Animal Sanctuary. My commitment to BAS over the other rescues is due to the ethical and professional way they operate. They truly focus on the welfare of their animals before, ,during and after the adoption process. I have seen them go out of their way and what is required of a rescue to help the family and their adopted dog.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first dog from Baja Animal Sanctuary 6 months ago, she brings so much joy and love into our lives. Baja is a great organization that provides care, shelters, socialization, spay and neuter, vaccinations, and services for sick and injured animals. We had a terrific experience adopting through the sanctuary and working with their volunteers to find the best dog for us. Would highly recommend.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about BAS when my sister adopted her pooch from them 8 years ago. She had such a great experience that I decided to adopt from them as well. They were very helpful and supportive during the adoption process, answering my many questions. I like that they do a two-week foster period to make sure it's a good fit for the pup and you. I've recently started volunteering with BAS at their dog adoption events; it's so much fun to meet the pups and see how happy people are to take them home. BAS does such great work in Baja rescuing dogs and cats, including providing free spay and neuter clinics. I can't say enough good things about them!

2 Catherine Cooke D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were grieving the loss of one of our two dogs and our remaining dog was really sad and listless. We searched around and happily found BAS and their many adorable pups which we could see and read about online. We love the way they educate, and emphasize the responsibility, and commitment to the nurture of animals—- our pets are family members, not just cute commodities. The adoption process is easy and is followed up by a home visit to insure good matches of families and pets. We went to meet the pup we had preselected online and ended up with two!!!❤️❤️Another dog had been passed over twice but we knew she was meant for us. She is so smart and wonderful! She lives up to her name “ Whoa Nellie “.
Our 2 BAS dogs are now 3 years old, well trained, very healthy, and are devoted to us, each other and to our original “ alpha” female,
Willow. The BAS pups are well socialized from birth.
Do not hesitate to support this committed group that does so much good for all of us in managing the population of tragically abandoned and abused animals, preventing spread of disease and unwanted litters, and especially uniting families with beloved pets.
We can’t thank you enough!
Cate and Mike

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Rosie front Baja Animal Sanctuary and it was such a pleasant experience. They care so much about every animal and put so much love into everything they do. Highly recommend them to anyone looking to adopt!

1 Jessica D.5

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 Allison F C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my dogs I have adopted from BAS within the last 2.5 yrs. All of the volunteers/directors are truly dedicated to helping animals in need and finding them their forever homes. Before adopting my first dog I spoke with several other rescues who didn’t have half of the compassion BAS does for both the animals and families they pair them with. They are helpful, organized, personable, and possess every quality you would want to see in a non profit rescue.

2

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

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just adopted my 3rd dog from BAS. This is the only rescue organization from which I would adopt. My first dog was adopted 14 years ago but died in 2018. He was a smart funny guy with a terrier personality. We were devastated so I started volunteering for BAS, thus the 2 new dogs. It is such a positive experience and the dogs are healthy and well socialized. The volunteers are so helpful and knowledgeable; the most important thing is they truly care that the dog is placed in the appropriate home. The foster/adopt is such a great way to get to know the dog and make sure it’s the right fit for everyone. My Maxwell came from a hoarding situation so he has taken a lot of patience to allow him to work through his fears but I see so much improvement from 6 months ago. Our newest member (Willow) is a beautiful perfect larger dog who is friendly and well socialized. BAS provides support and help for as long as you need it, even after the final adoption. I highly recommend this organization for the kind and knowledgeable volunteers and for their devotion to helping dogs.

3 Anita B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i adopted my first BAS dog in 2008. I had recently lost one of my dogs and his brother, Buster, was very lonely. Although the dog I had applied for was already spoken for, after describing my situation I was given a recommendation for an available dog. I took Buster to meet her and it was love at first site! Her name was Nadia, which I changed to Molly. She was extremely timid but instantly bonded with Buster and quickly came out of her shell. She's honestly the sweetest, affectionate dog I've ever had. Shortly before I was time to say goodbye to Buster I went back to BAS to find a companion for Molly, knowing she would have a difficult time with his loss. Her name was Anita!!! So of course i renamed her to Bella. She was and is still a timid girl but when she warms up to you she'll be your best friend. And finally 2 years ago I adopted my 3rd BAS dog. Bertha, now named Daisy, was a senior who instantly stole my heart. She's quiet, so well behaved despite what was probably an sad and rough life prior to being rescued, and incredibly loving and affectionate.

Shortly after adopting my 2nd dog I began volunteering because I truly appreciate the work BAS does and the effort that's made to find the right home for their animals - not just putting any dog in any home. Over the last several years I've been volunteering more, helping with adoptions and following up with adopters. It's some of the most rewarding work I've ever done. And while I've always been an animal advocate the experience has helped me see the hard, tireless work from the rescuers perspective.

1 Jackie B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from here almost 8 years ago and we just love her. We were very happy with the adoption process. I really love how BAS has you technically “foster” the dog for the first two weeks. I think that’s a great way to make sure the dog has found the right forever home. I think BAS does great work for the homeless dogs in Baja!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

There was this poor homeless dog and I called Baja Animal Sanctuary. They came right over, coaxed the dog into Thier car and took her to thier facility. They vaccinated her, bathed her, fed her and took her across border to US and found her a new forever home. They are wonderful loving people!!

1 Bonnie D.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 Neva Ayn M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our dogs all had their start at Baja Sanctuary. Their first priority is matching dogs to the right owner- Judy is a Saint!

Karen E.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The animals here who so often comefrim terrible situations om the street, and with Sunny and amazing team, they are cared for, healed and loved. A true sanctuary. A wonderful place to find a furever friend.

1 Lisl B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've been talking about adopting a rescue for a few years but wanted to wait until our children were older. This summer we decided it was time. I found Baja online and started looking at their available dogs. One particular puppy caught my eye. I filled out the adoption application and was approved. We went to pick him up the very next day! We called him Harley and he's such a sweetheart! I knew exactly what to do in case he got sick during the 2 week foster period and a volunteer called me a couple times during those 2 weeks to see how Harley was doing. It's been two months and we are so happy with Harley! He brings light to our world and our children love spending time with him. He's truly a part of our family!! I love the work Baja does. They are amazing!

1

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted Max in 2009 and Cookie in 2013 from BAS. I had a great experience both times. Max was a very shy dog that took a bit to get adjusted but once he did, he became the best dog ever. Cookie fit right in immediately. They both get along great with my other two dogs and cat. The adoption process was easy with both being fixed and having all shots. It is great the first 2 weeks are a foster period to make sure everything is working before becoming official. I love these pups more than anything and thank BAS for giving them a chance to live a happy and healthy life. Now I volunteer with BAS at their adoption events and many of my friends have also adopted and had great experiences.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a 8 year old Wheaten Terrier/Baja Blend from Baja Animal Sanctuary. She had been living on the streets for years. A BAS volunteer recused her and she was given wonderful care at the sanctuary. Undoubtedly, she was a puppy machine while living rough and was spayed immediately, given all her vaccines and is living a wonderful life because of her care.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I adopted a German Shepard puppy from Baja Animal Sanctuary. After searching for 2 months for just the right puppy for a play mate for my 2 yr old Rottie. After bring the puppy home on Sat. I gave her a drink of water and took her out to the back yard so she could go poddy. As soon as I had put her down she went pee the let loose with the runniest smelliest poop I had ever seen. Now I knew I was getting her so I had already made a vet appointment with my vet For Monday morning. For a puppy check. She had diarrhea Sat and Sunday. After letting my vet know where she came from and the Oder of the diarrhea. My vet needed a sample and feared Giardia. I took the puppy home and by 2pm had the sample for my vet. The results were back by morning at the vet. In the mean time late Monday night my 2 yr old Rottie starting having the same smelly diarrhea. He was very healthy. Up to date on all his shot. All his yearly examams. No problems with him. By morning when the vet called to tell me it was Giardia. Both dogs were fully infected. It's now Tuesday morning. So I am back at the vet with both dogs. Getting educated by my vet about picking up the running diarrhea right away. And wiping there butts and paws. I wore rubber gloves. I washed there bowls there toys in bleach. Thursday night I start getting pain in my adamond like I was passing a kiddey stone. That is what I thought it was having gone threw that 2 yrs prior. Low and behold I also had Giardia. Of course I am keeping the puppy. The dogs stools r not completely hard but r harder. I am in $700.00 in vet bills and I am still not done there they both have to go back in a week for more test. And $300.00 for my medical. Plus the $200.00 I spent to purchase the puppy. My vet said they knew this puppy was sick and had diarrhea. Sure they do wonderful things by taking in strays. But to be that desparet to pass off sick dogs to people. Is unexcusable.

Review from Guidestar