At AvenueDogs.com we’re here for all your doggy-related needs. If you’re considering fostering, adopting, or volunteering at a dog rescue in Mexico, we’ve got you covered. In this series, we’re taking a closer look at some quality organizations in Mexico that don’t get nearly enough of the recognition they deserve!

Today we’re going to feature a rescue that is doing great things in Baja California Sur – Cortez Rescue & Outreach:

When you donate to a foster or rescue in Mexico, your dollar goes further. If you’d like to donate your time or money to Cortez Rescue & Outreach, you can contact them directly via Facebook, Instagram, or email. We’ll leave that information below;

Cortez Rescue & Outreach is the humane society of Los Barriles B.C.S., and surrounding areas. They are a non-profit Mexican association funded solely by private contribution, dedicated to the well being of domestic animals in this area through our Vaccination, Spay & Neuter, and Education programs.

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We got a chance to talk to Terri Foster from Cortez Rescue & Outreach about what they’re doing in Los Barriles, Baja California Sur. Terri and the team at Cortez Rescue have accomplished a lot since founded in 2018. They continue to work tirelessly to provide happy, healthy lives to the animals in their care. Let’s take a look!

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


Terri: Cortez Rescue & Outreach is a non-profit public benefit organization dedicated to the health and well being of stray and abandoned dogs. Based in Baja, Mexico – our Cortez Rescue & Outreach Center is situated at the back of Dr Gretel’s Veterinary clinic in the town of Las Cuevas. We serve the geographical region of Las Cuevas to Cabo Pulmo/La Ribera and to Los Barriles and San Bartolo.

We are a non-profit organization registered both in Mexico and the US which means that you can make tax efficient donations while doing a great thing for our community!

What Cortez Rescue & Outreach Is Trying to Achieve:

Our vision is to eradicate cruelty and mistreatment of animals in the East Cape region through education and community support. We promote responsible pet ownership through collaboration with existing spay and neuter networks, and through our own efforts to provide spay/neuter services to those who need it.

We develop educational programs to promote and inform the community about the treatment and re-homing of our canine friends. These efforts cannot be done alone, and we are proud to work alongside the existing spay and neuter networks SNAP and Amigos de Animales.

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What Cortez Rescue & Outreach Does:

There are many facets to the tireless labor of love that takes place everyday at Cortez Rescue. Our dedicated staff and volunteers rescue and re-home abandoned, sick and cruelly treated animals at an alarming frequency.

The daily tasks required to make this happen are substantial involving;

  • Feeding
  • Training & Socializing
  • Hands-on Care & Therapy
  • Medical Procedures & Subsequent After-Care
  • Coordinating, Educating & Beyond.

It is true that no matter what unfortunate circumstances a dog in our care has experienced, they will receive the care, love and support that they need to live a full and comfortable life. Cortez Rescue has created a unique and effective program to bring about the much needed change in animal treatment and ownership within our community.

What We’ve Achieve So Far:

Cortez Rescue & Outreach has rescued and re-homed over two thousand dogs since we began operation in 2018! Spreading the word – our spay and neuter folios support the important spay and neuter message which is heavily circulated and adopted by a large part of the population in Los Barriles.

Feeding the region – thanks to the kindness of our community, we continue to distribute free bags of dog food to the most needy in our community – specifically those households without income through the tough summer months when the tourist dollar disappears.

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AD: How Can People Help/Donate to Cortez Rescue & Outreach?

Terri: We can always use help with both monetary donations and donations of time. While we do what we can, we’re an independent non-profit organization. We can use all the help we can get to care for the constant rotation of animals in our care.

Additionally, if you would like to foster, adopt, or become a flight angel for one of our rescue pups, please reach out to do so!

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

Terri: Baja dogs are the best. Extremely loyal and loving. And it helps save a life.

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

Terri: I just adopted a rescue dog. He must have been previously owned by a locksmith cause when I got home he made a bolt for the door!


Cortez Rescue & Outreach – An Avenue Dogs Featured Rescue


Cortez Rescue & Outreach is an AvenueDogs.com Featured Rescue. Cortez Rescue is a very special group that runs on few volunteers and fosters. What the group has accomplished since conception in 2018 is amazing. They do what they do for the love of the dogs and it truly shows.

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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