Open Arms Rescue
Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
PO Box 2248
Imperial Beach, CA 91933
Pets at Our Rescue Group:
Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:Open Arms Rescue rescues smaller breed dogs. We are a volunteer based organization and are always looking for more volunteers to help foster a small breed dog. We rescue dogs from shelters across Southern California and all the way into the Mexico -Tijuana Pererra (Dog Pound). We are based in Imperial Beach, CA but we have volunteers who foster dogs for us all across the county. We also take in injured dogs that require surgeries to become healthy and adoptable. As when a shelter receives an injured dog they cannot always have a surgery done to it due to their limited resources. They will usually only release injured dogs or special need dogs to rescues who can get the necessary medical care performed. We also have a relationship w/the Tijuana and the Mexicali Perrera (dog pound) where we have volunteers that go down there on a regular basis to help out with feeding, cleaning and finding dogs to bring into our rescue program. Dogs in the Perrera only have 3 days before they are euthanized. We try to focus on this shelter since they really don't have much of a chance of being adopted before they are either euthanized or become sick from being exposed to disease (as they are not vaccinated there when they first come into the Perrera). We select dogs that are adoptable, we quarantine them, monitor them, vaccinate them and then transport them to the US into volunteers homes for fostering until they can be adopted. Before our dogs can be adopted we have them spayed or neutered, microchipped, fully vaccinated, flea/tick treated and de-wormed. We are always in need of people wanting to become volunteer fosters too. If you would like more info on becoming a volunteer foster parent please see the last page on our site "volunteering to foster" and if you would like to be contacted send us your info on "contact us" page.
About Our Rescue Group:Become a Foster Volunteer
We operate foster homes all over San Diego county and are currently seeking more foster homes to help with the many dogs in need. In foster care the pet learns not only to trust that food and water are a daily occurrence, but also learns about life in a home. Instead of waiting to be adopted from a barren holding pen, foster animals get a head start in a therapeutic environment where they transition from uncertainty through consistency and gentle care. It is often the first kindness these animals have known. This is the point at which the homeless pet is truly rescued; when they are rehabilitated both physically and physiologically and placed into a loving, responsible and permanent home.
The foster family not only prepares the rescue for home life, but is also able to inform prospective adopters all about the personality of the foster pet. The foster person can pass along information for the adopter, such as whether the dogs are good with kids or cats and whether they will need an active home or a quieter home. Within the foster home the animals' confidence and trust builds. We post our dogs on Petfinder.com, Craigslist and 1800-save-a-pet, so they do get a lot of exposure.
Are foster animals healthy?
None of the animals we place in foster care have transmissible illnesses. They have all been fully vaccinated prior to being released to the foster family. In fact, most of the dogs we rescue are not in need of medical attention, but some do need special care.
Is fostering an animal expensive?
Although we prefer that foster families provide food, we will be happy to donate food to those who need it. Many of our rescued pets simply need good food, a warm bed, consistency, and most of all, lots of love and affection.
We rescue all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages. Each foster person chooses the pet or pets they wish to help. But they must remain committed once they agree to help, As soon as the pet has received all the pre-adoption care it requires, he/she is ready to find its permanent home!
Before you decide to be foster person, consider whether you have the time. Foster pets are "special" and cannot be left alone for long periods of time. Also consider whether you have the support of the whole family and whether you will be able to "let go" when the perfect adopter comes along!
Our Adoption Process:Please see our adoption application at