We don’t routinely fly dogs to the USA due to high transport costs and challenging airline policies.
If you have a friend or family member returning to the USA from Mazatlan and you would like them to transport a dog for you, please check with the airline for their pet transport policy and fees. If you are able to book a dog on the flight, we can arrange an adoption for you.
Our volunteers interact with and observe the dogs on a daily basis. We see them interact with other dogs, with people and on walks. We will share everything we know about a dog’s temperament.
We do not routinely cat test dogs, however we can do so on request.
Unless a dog was born at the sanctuary or has been in a foster home, we have no way of knowing if the dog is house trained. The majority of our rescued dogs were once family pets. Many of them are house trained, but we cannot guarantee this.
Dogs that are not well socialized are not placed for adoption. Instead our volunteers work with them or, when possible, they spend time in a foster home. Some dogs blossom and become adoptable quickly. Some dogs take longer. A few may become long-term sanctuary residents.
We are a rescue organization and the majority of our animals were abandoned and have spent time living on the street. Sometimes we find animals (especially litters of puppies and kittens) abandoned at the sanctuary gate.
We focus on rescuing abandoned dogs that are sick and injured. We have an on-site vet clinic and the resources to return them to good health.
Some of our dogs spend weeks or months in rehabilitation. Most make a remarkable recovery. Our vet decides when they are healthy and clears them for adoption. If an animal has long-term health issues, we will advise you during the selection process.
Cats generally come to us as kittens and, with a few exceptions, generally arrive in good health.
We can hold an animal for international adoption if a flight opportunity is likely to come available soon. We will ask you to pay a deposit.
We do not hold dogs in the summer for transport in the winter. If you would like to adopt a dog early in our transport season (Nov 1 - May 15), please contact us in October and we can start the adoption process.
We pride ourselves on making good matches and have had very few “returns” from hundreds of international adoptions.
We encourage adopters to give dogs several weeks to relax and learn the routines of your family. The transition can be very stressful and may affect behaviour. We are available to provide advice and support.
If you decide you cannot keep the dog, we will take responsibility and find foster care in Canada. DO NOT rehome the animal yourself.