I’m not even sure how I want to start this reasoning other than we see more no-kill shelters for dogs than cats. That being said before I get into what I would do, permit me to provide an incomplete list of animal rescue groups in the Los Cabos area, which will be updated. For more years than I’ve lived here people that live here part-time, full-time, or even as part of their vacation spend part of their time both bringing supplies, donations, and their time. Many even offer the assist in adopting a pet from our region by being the human travel companion for air transport to the United States or Canada; they are here, it is only a little extra time at the airport, and a cat or dog gets a new forever home. NOTE: All pictures of the cats shown below are of my cats both past and present.
The above picture is of Little Bit.
I will update this list below as I get more current information. I am not personally vouching for anyone listed below but someone I know whose life is taking care of cats and dogs started the list and I literally copied/pasted it as I know she would not mind.
If I am missing any shelters, please let me know as I’d like to keep this list as updated as possible. Maybe one day, one or two of the local shelters will want to collaborate for more information on why you all do what you do?
Adopta Los Cabos – This rescue was created in order to help dogs find a good, warm home with responsible people who will receive a lot of love as their reward. https://m.facebook.com/petrescuecsl/?hc_location=ufi
Baja Dogs La Paz, Inc. – Is registered in the US as a 501(c)(3) charity (non-profit) that seeks to address the overpopulation of dogs throughout the city and surrounding areas of La Paz in Baja California Sur, Mexico https://www.facebook.com/BajaDogsLP/
Bark for Baja – Has 2 missions. #1 To organize and perform permanent and aggressive spay/neuter clinics #2 To service & educate the local community https://www.facebook.com/barkforbaja/
Cabo Critters – Is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats in the Cabo San Lucas Area. https://www.facebook.com/Cabocritters/
Cabo Kittens Rescue AC – This is a non-profit association who provides sanctuary, rehabilitation, and adoption for rescued cats and kittens.https://www.facebook.com/cabokittenrescue/
Dog Prana – A project founded in 2011 to help dogs get a second chance in life. We rescue, foster and rehabilitate dogs. We also promote adoptions and sterilizations. https://www.facebook.com/DogPrana/?fref=gc&dti=167860063336601&hc_location=ufi
El Ranchito – Helping dogs that would otherwise be “put down” because of the severity of their condition, without a chance to feel kindness, love, and simple comforts that so few of them have ever experienced. Our goal is to find homes for as many of these dogs as we can! We also offer community outreach and assist with sterilization clinics.https://www.facebook.com/elranchitocabo/?hc_location=ufi
The above picture is of Little Bit’s momma, Sweetness.
The Los Cabos Humane Society – Is dedicated to creating an environment free of homeless dogs and cats through education and spay/neuter programs. https://www.facebook.com/Los-Cabos-Humane-Society-333677670077275/?hc_location=ufi
Pet Patrol Los Cabos – Animal lovers and rescuers! All of our time is volunteer, we are a registered A.C. https://www.facebook.com/PatrullaMascotera/
PET – Responsible pet ownership education program and spay/neuter program. https://www.facebook.com/PETLOSCABOS/?ref=br_rs
Casa Sheila – Casa Sheila Animal Welfare is a non-profit organization focused on the proper care of animals in homes and on the streets of Los Cabos. We are run by a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers. Having been in animal rescue for many years, it became very obvious by the sheer numbers of animals that much more needed to be done than rescue. After closing a shelter, it was determined that concentrating on spay/neuter campaigns was the only solution. Our goal is 1000 animals through a series of 3 to 4 monthly clinics in the same place. It takes a huge effort for every clinic with between 40 and 50 volunteers and a team of vets. https://www.facebook.com/casasheilapaws
The picture above is of Mr. Man.
So for my story, every kitty I’ve ever had my entire life has been a feral that has come to me. It’s almost like I am the feral cat whisperer. I feed a cat one time and the next thing I know they’ve bonded to me for life. Of course, it’s more than a meal. I know, but that doesn’t answer why we’d open a cat sanctuary if we won the lottery. It’s actually quite simple and I can use Julius, our newest family member as an example.
Julius had a family of sorts for about 4 years before his “mom” sold her home in Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas and I was told, made a difficult decision to leave him to his indoor/outdoor lifestyle. I don’t know who she is I just know his backstory. The woman later regretted it and Julius could not be found. 6 (six) years later, we came across a cat that clearly needed medical attention. Our “wonderful” neighbors would walk past Julius daily for their morning beach strolls, shore fishing, or let their dogs run and just walk past Julius … one even laughed when his dogs would chase Julius saying the cat enjoyed it. omg, are you kidding me? Long story short, there was a day someone was coming back to his vehicle with his very handsome german shepherd who went after Julius and missed him by an inch. Julius was traumatized as were we. Heck, I don’t think the dad of the german shepherd recovered (he wasn’t the jerk that thought dogs chasing cats was funny).
So we decided, as a family, as broken as we were after losing Mr. Man to bring Julius home. Julius needed a family. After a vet visit, we learned he was FIV positive and may have a tumor vs one of the worst cases of feline acne ever seen or perhaps a horrific allergic reaction to some toxin he may have been exposed to.
Anyways, this blog post isn’t about Julius but I may tell you his story sometime as well as how we went from a household of healthy cats to no cats to only taking in Julius.
This above picture of Julius was taken before he came to live with us forever.
While the original thought was to provide cats that could not be adopted for whatever reason, a place they could live out their lives which areas set up for FIV+ cats that shouldn’t be mixed in with the general population as one example, another reason recently came to mind.
Not long ago, a wonderful group of friends set out to boost the immune system of a very large colony of cats that had taken over an abandoned building that was soon to begin the process of finishing the hotel. Then they did the best they could with a spray and neuter campaign. There were people that were unhappy that the colony was released back to where they were living, but most do not understand what it takes to move an entire colony of cats! In my opinion, my friends are heroes! This website explains when it may be required https://www.alleycat.org/community-cat-care/relocation-the-last-resort/. It was not an option to do so but their efforts were not totally in vain. I know a few kittens that were able to find new forever homes!
“Move the cats correctly.
Trap the cats and safely transport them immediately, in covered traps, to their new location. Upon arrival, the cats must be confined in order to adjust to their new home and not wander away to try and find their way in pre-installed large cages for six to eight weeks (an example of confinement cages).
Confinement is essential and critical to a successful relocation. Confinement in a large, spacious, enclosure from top to bottom, lets the cats adjust to the environment in safety and accept it as their new home. If cats are set free upon arrival, they will attempt to return to their former home and will likely be lost. The cats may try to find a way out the first day or two, but will settle down once they realize they’re safe.” https://www.alleycat.org/community-cat-care/safe-relocation/
So yes, if I ever won the lottery, I’d find a suitable lot of land for future efforts if needed to assist all of the shelters and volunteers who have spent years trying their best but need more help.
So I know what I would do. What would you do? There are no wrong answers but I’d love to hear yours!
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Julius has taken to being an indoor cat with a family that will love him always