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Tips on Adopting a Homeless Pet from Mexico

Tips on Adopting a Homeless Pet from Mexico

Brown dog on the floor of an animal shelter

Animal lovers who have traveled to Mexico (and other places in Central America and the Caribbean) on vacation have noticed the many homeless dogs and cats living on the streets of cities and towns of all sizes.

If you’ve ever thought about how you can rescue one (or more) of these stray animals and bring them home to the U.S., you’re not alone. Many Americans choose to adopt homeless pets from countries like Mexico. 
How do potential adopters learn about available pets and figure out how to bring them to the U.S.?  Here are some facts and resources to help you get started.

Five street cats on a road

According to the Humane Society International, the costs of transporting an animal across international borders can range from $150 to $2,000, depending on the circumstances. They recommend that potential adopters check their country’s rules and regulations about bringing animals home.

There are important considerations such as getting rescue dogs or cats vaccinated and providing proof of vaccination (especially for rabies), as well as quarantine issues to consider. For the U.S., the website of the CDC has lots of great information.

A stray dog lying on a road

If bringing a street dog or cat home from your next vacation sounds a little too spur of the moment for you, there are many organizations that facilitate the adoption of homeless Mexican animals into the U.S.

Here are just a few to check out if you’re considering adoption:

A portrait of a stray cat with its eyes closed, sitting on the road

Animal Rescuers Without Borders (A.R.W.O.B.):

This organization operates out of San Diego, California and works primarily with stray dogs and cats from Baja, Mexico.  They make frequent trips there and conduct organized rescue missions to bring adoptable dogs and cats to the U.S.

A brown dog from Mexico lying on soil

Barb’s Dog Rescue:

Operating out of Arizona and Mexico, this organization focuses on rescuing dogs from the streets of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, not far from the Arizona border, and finding them new forever homes with U.S. adopters.

A picture of a dog on a pavement with houses in the background

Dog Rescue Without Borders:

The mission of Dog Rescue Without Borders is to save street dogs and dogs from high-kill shelters in the Tijuana, Mexico area and find them permanent, loving homes in both Mexico and the United States.  They work out of San Diego, California, just across the border from Tijuana.
A street cat sitting on the sidewalk

Rocky Point Animal Adoption Center:

Homeless dogs and cats from the Puerto Peñasco area of Mexico are rescued by the RPAAC and brought to their sanctuary in Mexico, where they live while waiting for adoption.  They also have an adoption center in the Phoenix, Arizona area that has many puppies available for adoption.

A brown stray dog on a black plank in the city

Compassion Without Borders:

CWOB, out of Santa Rosa, California, rescues dogs from Mexico and also from California’s Central Valley.  Not only do they rescue Mexican dogs and bring them back to California, they also provide much-needed spay/neuter, veterinary care, and even humane euthanasia services to dogs remaining in Mexico.

Adopting pet from shelters is one of the best things we could do as animal lovers, check out 10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Shelter Pet here. After all, the best breeds are the ones in need.

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Arlene Swennen - November 14, 2022

I am looking at adopting a dog from Sula society a rescue out of Puerto Vallarta. I am wondering if this rescue is reputable and is safe to send money in advance?

Lakeisha Hollmon - May 26, 2022

I would love to adopt a small dog from mexicp

Theresa - September 22, 2021

Pups without Borders rescues, treats, spays and fosters strays, particularly puppies and mothers. They work with veterinary and rescue partners in Tijuana and elsewhere. They are based in Van Nuys in LA County but foster throughout Southern California. They are compassionate and pleasant to adopt from. They also need fosters. Foster to adopt is an excellent way to gage how well you fit with a dog.

Barb Johnstojn - August 8, 2020

I would like to adopt a smaller dog up to25 lbs. must like another smallish dog and an old cat, fenced yard, 15acre park next door, lots of tender care and loving. I own my home, I have been married 38 years, I am retired 4 years, my dog is from Mexico, reference Carleigh Smart, Diane Fowler, darleen wood, sharron McKenna, more available, I can go to Vancouver to pick up. Please consider me. My phone #is 250 549 1379 Vernon, British columbia

Jan Adamiak - November 22, 2017

How Can I bring a stray dog home from Mexico City to New York City?

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