Animals who have been rescued, vetted and are now ready for a home or rescue are announced by email or newsletter and sent to Crossing Guardians' rescue network and/or posted on social media.
If you are interested in adopting one of these wonderful animals, you must live in southern California or in an area where home checks and follow-up checks can be performed. If you meet this prelminary criterion and want to adopt a pet, please download and complete the PDF Adoption Application on the left of your screen and email it to Rescue@CrossingGuardians.org. Thank you.
Why adopt? The HSUS provides 10 reasons why you should adopt a pet, of which 9 are applicable with respect to Border Strays:
1. Because you'll save a life
The number of Border Strays in need of a rescue or forever home is at a critically high level. Additionally, the life of Border Strays is a very precarious one. There is no animal rights and welfare in this country. Thousands of animals die every day from disease, starvation and abuse.
2. Because you'll get a great animal.
Like in animal shelters and rescue groups (as the HSUS describes), the animals in Tijuana and surrounding areas are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. If they were once someone's pet and are now homeless is through no fault of their own. They did nothing wrong, except become a disposable "item" their family no longer wanted.
3. Because you'll get a great bargain.
When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes microchipping are usually already taken care of.
4. Because of the bragging rights.
You can brag that you saved a life!
5. Because it's one way to fight puppy mills.
Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren't giving them a dime.
6. Because your decor will thank you.
Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug.
7. Because all pets are good for your health, but an adopted pet is good for your self-esteem.
Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
8. Because you’re environmentally responsible.
You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn’t end up in landfills, and you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A “recycled” pet can make something even better: The pet can make you happy.
9. Because you'll change a homeless animal's whole world.
And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better than that?