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One common question we get is how we bring dogs across the border and if we they are quarantined for any period of time. Below is an overview of the medical process for our rescue dogs.
CWOB has been rescuing dogs from Mexico since 2001. Our Executive Director is a veterinarian in the U.S., and several veterinarians are on our Board of Directors. We have veterinary staff on both sides of the border that implement stringent quarantine and medical protocols to ensure the health of the animals we transport.
All dogs that are rescued form Mexico undergo:
•Voluntary , minimum 60 day quarantine, usually at least three months, in foster home
• Full vaccinations
• Full deworming and external parasite control
• Spay/Neuter
• Treatment for any illness present at the time of rescue or during the foster period
• Physical examination by a veterinarian at the time of rescue, routinely during foster {at least once monthly}, and before the time of transport
CWOB rescues dogs from Mexico, provides all their medical care, the voluntary quarantine and transport for those dogs. Most often, we transport those dogs to our rescue partners who then place them directly themselves.
The adoption of these dogs through our partners is subject to the normal adoption screening processes of each agency. If you have seen a particular dog you are interested in or are interested in a particular rescue group that has recently come up, you can contact us to see which shelters and rescue agencies are placing the dogs by emailing to
The best way to rescue a dog you have found in Mexico is for you to rescue him or her yourself. The requirements are as follows:
•Veterinary examination and vaccination
•Rabies vaccine 30 days prior to travel
What that usually means is bringing the dog to a vet for exam, treatment, and vaccination and then boarding the dog somewhere locally for 30 days and returning for the dog on an airline that allows for dog travel.
Alternatives would include driving with the dog, but do require the Rabies vaccine being given 30 days prior to travel, as well.
Compassion Without Borders does not have a network outside of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora to rescue dogs off the streets.
Folks can also google search local animal rescue groups near where they found the dogs, but those folks are generally overwhelmed already.
CWOB only offers once monthly wellness clinics in Sonoma County. We do not have a veterinary hospital that provides care other than this. We cannot help with sick or injured animals in need of surgical assistance or dentals. We are not aware of anyone else in Sonoma County that does offer these services, however folks can go to to apply for an emergency credit card that would help with veterinary services.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us in Mexico. Currently, the only volunteer opportunities we have available are for at our spay/neuter clinic in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. The clinic is open Monday-Friday, 8-5. Volunteer opportunities depend on the level of experience of each applicant but generally volunteers help in the recovery area after animals are spayed and neutered. It is best if volunteers have some previous veterinary experience and speak basic Spanish.
Volunteers are required to provide their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.