It touched my heart to hear this story about a couple’s vacation that helped stray animals!
In La Paz, Mexico, Jeff and Diana Hall discovered a large pack of stray dogs and cats living on the beach together. They were very thin and in need of medical attention, but very friendly as well.
They counted 34 animals in the pack at Camp Bow Wow doggy day camp, a doggy day camp owned by the couple. There are eight puppies about 3-4 weeks old, five puppies about 14 weeks old, 14 adults, and 7 cats in the pack.
There are approximately 10,000 stray dogs in Baja California Sur, according to the Halls, due to an overpopulation of dogs in Mexico. Although the Halls were stunned by the number of dogs and cats living together, they knew they had to help the animals nicknamed the “Baja 34 Pack” immediately.
The regulations and requirements made it impossible to take any one of them home. However, they didn’t let that stop them from researching local rescue groups and thinking of ways they could help them over time.
The Halls were amazed at how well the animals got along while they researched rescue groups. They fed and provided water daily to their pack, and they were amazed at how well they all got along with each other. They ate as one big pack and had no food aggression – even with the cats!
According to the Halls’ GoFundMe page, they had some wet food to feed them and they were happy to eat one forkful at a time, even with the cats. They were very friendly and well behaved. In the end, even the toughest little guy came around – it took a while for some of them to trust us.
A local no-kill shelter was unable to assist the Halls due to overcapacity. They also found a rescue group that helped bring dogs back to the United States and Canada for adoption called Baja Dogs La Paz. The group is assisting the Halls with their rescue efforts, and they work with the shelter.
By raising funds, the Halls hope to help the Baja 34 Pack and cover the costs of spaying and neutering the animals, providing them with health checks and vaccinations, and bringing them to Minnesota, where they hope to find loving homes for them.
The Halls have adopted several dogs since they began their campaign, and the first few puppies arrived in Minnesota. They note, “All of these dogs and cats are well behaved and would make wonderful family pets.”
Despite the fact that they were hungry, it was clear they were also starving for love.
We were in awe of their trust in us and their hope in us. Baja 34 Rescue Project now has a better future thanks to the Halls! To donate, please visit the GoFundMe page, or if you are interested in adopting one of the animals, please reach out to them through their website. They are doing a wonderful thing!