Welcome to Animal Rescuers Without Borders!
P.O. Box 712444 San Diego, CA 92171 (619) 977-3593 animalrescuers@sbcglobal.net

Making a Difference in Their Lives.
We are a non-profit & all breed rescue organization operating in the Baja, Mexico and San Diego, CA areas to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome cats & dogs. Learn more about 

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 Scheduled Adoption Events

To see all events, visit our EVENT CALENDAR Page.

To make the most out of your time, we suggest you SUBMIT an adoption APPLICATION BEFORE an adoption event.

Check the animal attendance the morning before the event to confirm attendance of a particular rescue. In addition, please check the up-to-date animals attendance list 1 HOUR BEFORE an event to know if the dog or cat you want to meet is still attending.

Also remember to review important event information BEFORE attending.


Not ready to adopt a dog or cat? Have no time to volunteer or foster?

You can still help: a donation is a great way to help ARWOB! Any amount - large or small - is appreciated.

Find out other ways you can donate to ARWOB by visiting our donation page.

Foster a Rescue

Fostering is
  FREE and FUN! 

We not only provide you with everything you need to take care of one of our rescues, but the experience is SO fulfilling. By placing one animal into a foster home, you allow us to save another. We are always in need of foster parents.

Read more about our fostering program...


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Adoption Process

The A.R.W.O.B. group prides itself on carefully placing animals into responsible and loving homes. We care about the present and future lives of the many unwanted dogs and cats and strive to improve them so they can come to know stability, love and safety.

NOTE:  Due to the large number of adoption applications that we are receiving at this time, priority will be given to applicants living in the San Diego area.  We are also giving priority to adopters versus "foster-to-adopt" trials, as we are receiving multiple applications for our rescue animals during this time.

We highly recommend that you thoroughly read the animals bio before filling out an adoption application!

NOTE:  If you are interested in a Foster to Adopt trial, you must fill out an Adoption Application .

NOTE:  If you are ONLY interested in temporarily Fostering one of our animals, please fill out a Foster Application .

Our adoption procedure is as follows :

1) An Adoption Application must be filed by applicant (visit the APPLICATIONS page to fill one out!).  NOTE: If you would like to try a Foster to Adopt trial, you must fill out an Adoption Application.

  • We typically adopt dogs and cats to individuals or families located in San Diego County, Orange County and Los Angeles areas

  • However, we may consider potential adopters within California, Arizona, and Nevada (within a reasonable driving distance) under certain circumstances.  We require that the application be approved ahead of time and a home check must be done via FaceTime Skype (we do not accept videos for this purpose).  We would also require the potential adopter to come to San Diego to meet the animal in person and we recommend bringing any current pet(s) to see if they will get along.  If the potential adopter opts out of the meet-n-greet with their existing animal(s) and if the new pet does not get along with their existing pets, we would require the adopter to drive back to San Diego to return the animal -- we cannot provide transportation.  Our adoptions are time sensitive and our policy is that we do not place holds on any of our rescues.

Dog Adoption Application

Cat Adoption Application

PLEASE NOTE: We have implemented a new policy for those who are currently serving in the military. IF YOU ARE IN THE MILITARY please fill out a short questionnaire in addition to the adoption application.

Military Applicant Questionnaire

2) A play date between the applicant and rescue (dog or cat).

  • An applicant MUST have an APPROVED online adoption application filed BEFORE scheduling a playdate at the animal's foster home.The playdate will ensure that the potential adopter and the dog/ cat they are interested in is the right match. If the dog/cat does not possess the qualities and behavioral traits the applicant is looking for, we can continue the adoption process by meeting another rescued dog or cat.
  • You can also meet the animal you are interested in at scheduled adoption events. Approved applicants have priority to meet an animal over others. Please read the events page for more information about meeting an animal at an event and possibly taking them home afterward.

3) A home checks to ensure the safety of our rescues (If applicable).

  • An ARWOB volunteer will contact you upon approval of your application (and the playdate appointment) to schedule a visit to your home. Here we will take a look at where the cat/dog will be living. Your home and yard must be safe and secure.

4) An adoption contract and ID from applicant

  • If everything checks out during the homecheck and we believe our rescued dog/ cat will live happily there, we will go ahead and sign the adoption contract to makes the adoption official.

5) The adoption fee

  • Fees are different for both dogs and cats and are based on age and, sometimes, on the breed. Please visit the adoption fees page for a break down of all.

6)  Denial of adoption applications
  • We screen all of our adoption applications thoroughly in order to find the perfect home for our rescues.  There may be times when we feel the adopter is not a good fit based on the answer to questions on their application.  Please know that we vet each applicant with the animal's best interest in mind.  In the event that your application is denied, you will receive an email letting you know of our decision.  However, we will not be able to answer detailed questions regarding the denial.

Success Stories

The happy endings that some of our adoptables have reached with their new and loving families.

ARWOB Success Story
ARWOB Success Story

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