Together we can change the future
Our programs span three countries and incorporate two languages. Volunteers include our clinical team, the intake team, training, those who help with transportation, food distribution, adoption coordinators, store volunteers, and all of the people who work behind the scenes to keep these programs going.
The dogs available for adoption are fostered in the home of their rescuer (“rescatista” in Spanish). Rescatistas care for these dogs through injuries and illnesses as well as behavior issues that come from being abandoned and living on the street. The amount of work involved in getting a dog from a mangy street dog to one that is a sweet, furry, friendly adoptable pet is enormous. It is emotional and sometimes heartbreaking. Our team spends months and some spend a year or more rehabilitating a rescue dog only to say goodbye when it is adopted. Then they go and rescue another and start all the process all over again.
We support rescatistas with food, veterinary care, finding adopters for their rescued dogs, transportation to the new home, training, and supplies. Rescatistas educate their friends, neighbors and family by setting an example of how to rescue and then properly care for a dog. They preach sterilization (spaying and neutering) to anyone who will listen. Often, they recruit new rescatistas and teach them how to make a difference in the life of an abandoned dog. Anyone can be a rescatista. This is how real change will be made concerning the treatment of animals in La Paz.
Below are our most significant programs designed to support these rescatistas.
Rescatistas (rescuers/fosterers) gather every Wednesday on the Malecon to walk and socialize their dogs. We always need volunteers to help us walk dogs – so if you are visiting La Paz or live here and would like to come out and help, here is the information, including the specific location and times about this weekly event called ‘Walk with us‘.