For these dogs in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, Barb's Dog Rescue is their only hope.

Thousands of homeless dogs roam the streets in this community.  Many are injured or caring for young litters of puppies.  


We open our doors to dogs in need and provide them with food, shelter, veterinary care, and a place to call home, for however long they need. 


We give them hope. Please join us. 

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The New Normal


Barb’s has been operating at a state-of-emergency mode ever since Covid-19 restrictions closed our community last year. We survived the lockdown, a water shortage, a food shortage that continues today, and the replacement of a broken-down van with the help and support of our friends locally and across the border. Running at capacity has become the new normal. It is a delicate balance between the weekly transfer of pups to adoptive shelters across the border and our ability to take-in additional dogs from the local animal control and those brought to us by good Samaritans. Last month on our return from a weekly border trip, we were asked to check on a local man in Mexicali who rescues dogs. His clapboard home was overrun with animals that he fed by selling discarded cans he picked-up along the road. He allowed us to take 41 dogs, many of which were undernourished and in need of medical attention. Upon arrival back at the shelter, we were notified that Animal Control had 37 dogs that would be put down if we could not take them. And just like that, this single day rescue record put us over capacity, needing food and donations for medical supplies and care beyond our abilities. Welcome to the new normal.

Featured Dog 

Updates are one of our biggest joys. Here is an update on Lucy, FKA Fanni, from her forever family.

Lucy gets lots of snuggles which she LOVES to give back. And she loves playing with her new doggy brother Barry. They get along so great! She has been a perfect addition.



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From Shelter Dog to Movie Star? It might just happen.

We think the dogs in our care have quite a story to tell, and Emmy-award winning host Thomas Baldrick agrees. He recently featured Barb's Dog Rescue in his latest creation, The Rocky Point Podcast. 

Please help Barb with her mission of saving the dogs in Puerto Peñasco. Adopt, volunteer or make a tax-deductible donation. 

Barb's Dog Rescue

Over 350 dogs call Barb’s Dog Rescue “home” at any given time. There are playful young pups and soulful seniors; dogs who are active and outgoing and others who would prefer a quiet home. Consider adding one of the wonderful dogs in our care to your home. You won’t regret it.

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We are located west of Highway 8, just 8 miles north of Puerto Penasco, Mexico.  Follow the yellow Barb's Dog Rescue signs.