At AvenueDogs.com our goal is to provide pet parents with helpful advice that will keep their pups happy and healthy. While we are globally inclusive, we’re currently featuring a number of dog rescues and organizations in Mexico to give them some much-needed exposure. We’re highlighting organizations that are doing some pretty impressive things in their communities. Let’s check it out!

Today we’re going to feature a rescue that is doing some great things in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico – Compassion Copper Canyon LLC:

When you donate to a foster or rescue in Mexico, your dollar goes further. If you’d like to volunteer or donate to Compassion Copper Canyon LLC, you can contact them directly via Facebook, Instagram, or email (preferred). We’ll leave that information below;

Compassion Copper Canyon LLC is a non-profit organization that’s been doing some great things in Mexico since 2018. While Tennessee is the official location of this rescue, Compassion Copper Canyon LLC provides free veterinary services (primarily spay/neuter clinics) in the rural Copper Canyon Region of Mexico. In addition, they occasionally bring dogs from Mexico to the US once they’ve found a pup a suitable, loving forever home.


We got a chance to speak to the founder and president of Compassion Copper Canyon LLC – Shannon Dawkins. She gave us a rundown of what the organization does in Mexico and beyond. We have to say, we’re pretty impressed with what they’ve accomplished thus far, and we think you will be too!

Avenue Dogs (AD): Hi Shannon! Can You Give Us A Quick Rundown of What Your Organization Does?

Shannon: The mission of Compassion Copper Canyon began when Dr. Dawkins traveled to Mexico for the 16th annual Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon in March of 2018. The region of the Copper Canyons within the Sierra Madre Occidental is brutally beautiful, difficult to reach, and hard on its inhabitants. She fell in love with the area and was inspired to help.

She returned again in December 2018, this time with her two small children driving 30-hours to get there. She filled the back of her old Ford pick up truck with donated clothes, children’s toys for a Christmas toy drive, and, of course, veterinary supplies.

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She spent a few days in the mountain area and a few in the canyon. Each place she went, she spread the word so people would know that she had free medications to treat people’s pets or street dogs. With the help of some wonderful local friends and supporters, she even reached some remote towns that only 4 wheel drive could get to, and one town that required a strenuous 3 hour hike up a mountain with a guide, Prospero, to reach.

When she left the Copper Canyon Region this time she felt that she wanted to do even more, and decided to start the process to become a non-profit. She returned again in March 2019 and did a very small spay and neuter trial clinic in the town of Cerocahui.  

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Since starting the non-profit, Dr. Dawkins and her team have taken 4-6 trips per year to Mexico, and do anywhere from 200-500 surgeries per trip. The goal is to continue to return to the same towns to make a long term difference, as well as expand to additional towns to grow the impact.

AD: How Can People Help/Donate to Compassion Copper Canyon LLC?

Shannon: Through our website where we list all types of volunteer opportunities, we need help in Mexico and in the US, as well as all sorts of online/remote volunteer opportunities. We accept donations through our website as well. You can check out any and all opportunities at www.compassioncoppercanyon.org.

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AD: Do You Have Any Advice for People Wanting to Adopt Dogs in Mexico?

Shannon: We recommend that should someone be interested in adopting a dog from Mexico, that they run a number of tests for communicable diseases prior to bringing them to the US. 

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AD: Great! Do You Have Any Other Dog Rescues You Work with/Recommend?

Shannon: Yes! US Dog Coalition & Rescue, and Baja California Spay Neuter Foundation.

AD: And, Finally! Tell Us Your Favorite Dog/Rescue Joke!

Shannon: Walking past a veterinary clinic, a woman noticed a small boy and his dog waiting outside. ‘Are you here to see Dr Meyer?’ she asked. ‘Yes,’ the boy said. ‘I’m having my dog put in neutral.’


Compassion Copper Canyon LLC – An Avenue Dogs Featured Rescue


Compassion Copper Canyon LLC has helped hundreds of dogs in the Copper Canyon Region of Chihuahua, Mexico by bringing much-needed supplies to the rural area. The non-profit also helps minimize over-population by providing free spay and neuter clinics as well as veterinary care. We’re proud to have them as an AvenueDogs.com Featured Rescue!

Know of an organization that should be featured next? Drop a comment below and let us know too!

Have a dog foster or rescue success story? We’d love to hear that too! Tell us your pup’s heartwarming tale of how you met, the challenges you faced, and of course what your furry friend is up to now! Success stories are a great way to encourage others to choose to rescue!

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