Open Arms Rescue

A PO Box 2248, Imperial Beach, CA 91933 rescue helping to find loving homes for dogs.

Pets at Open Arms Rescue

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female
Photo of Angel


Female, Young

Photo of Chedder


Male, Adult
Schipperke / Chihuahua

Photo of Yo-Yo


Male, Senior, Special Needs

Photo of Snickers and Doodles (Bonded Pair)

Snickers and Doodles (Bonded Pair)

Female, Senior, Special Needs

Photo of Adak


Male, Young
Siberian Husky / Old English Sheepdog

Photo of Chalie


Male, Adult, Special Needs

Photo of Leah


Female, Adult, Special Needs

Photo of Sally


Female, Young
Domestic Shorthair

Photo of Maui


Male, Adult, Special Needs
Labrador Retriever / Shepherd (Unknown Type)

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Areas Open Arms Rescue Serves

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 Ramona, 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.

Open Arms Rescue's Adoption Process

1. Submit Application

you may contact us via email or visit our website to fill out an application at

2. Interview

phone interview

3. Home Check

due to covid most our interviews will be conducted via FACETIME

Please see our adoption application at

About Open Arms Rescue

Become a Foster Volunteer

Why foster?

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, 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!

Come Meet Open Arms Rescue's Pets

Open Arms Rescue's Adopted Pets

See Adopted Pets List

Make a donation to Open Arms Rescue to help homeless pets find homes