Photos from our 2nd Annual Benefit Luau
We're getting out our sarongs and Aloha shirts for a special event this weekend. Our 2nd Annual Benefit Luau will be this Friday, the 11th, at 1006 Avenida "L" across from the San Carlos Gym. 

We're getting more calls about homeless pups almost every day! Yesterday we heard about 11 total! Meanwhile, here's one of the new fosters, Oso Polar (Polar Bear, or Oso for short). See his story on our Adopt Me page.


For about three days we were in the very unusual situation of having only one candidate for adoption...all the rest had all gone to new homes! It was the first time in more than a year that our dog population had all been adopted. We took a deep breath, and then the next wave hit. Tiny bottle baby pups (photo), young puppies and adult dogs, every kind of breed from chihuahua to beagle and of course our beloved Sonoran Shorthairs (someday that will be a famous hybrid-breed, and they'll star in dog shows because they are very special canines).

Go to our Adoptables page to see them all. 

And in the midst of all this fostering, we're planning a Hawaiian Barbecue fundraiser to be held Friday, April 11, with live island music by Sam Rainwater and Susan King. We'll serve generous portions of Teriyaki Ribs and Chicken prepared  by world-class barbecue chef Larry St. Onje, with shish-kebab, Larry's famous coleslaw and Hawaiian coconut cake. We'll hold raffles for special goody baskets — we've have baskets for dog-lovers, cat-lovers, gardeners, wine-lovers, coffee-lovers and there'll be a 50/50 Raffle too! Tickets, $250 pesos, will go on sale by the third week of March. 
A crowd started gathering an hour before opening time at our Jan. 28 tianguis (swap meet or yard sale), and when the gates opened a tsnami of eager customers came roaring in to snap up all the bargains we'd gathered and priced at Karleen's house. We'd planned on hours of 8am to 1pm, but almost everything was sold within the first two hours. Sloopy, our foster puppy, also got lots of attention.

Thanks so much to Tammy for donating several pieces of furniture, and to Suzanne and Janet for lugging it over in a flatbed truck. Thanks to Karleen for volunteering her front yard and three days of work getting ready for the sale. Proceeds will help offset the additional cost of the new Mexican sales tax on dog food (17%!) and help pay for medical care and spay/neuters.

Our next fundraiser is scheduled for April 12: a Hawaiian-style barbecue with live Trop-Rock music by Sam Rainwater. Location and details to follow soon!
The board of directors of San Carlos Pet Adoption have voted to downsize and simplify the organization.  We will continue to rescue the homeless dogs and puppies from the streets and beaches of San Carlos and La Manga.  We will care for these animals through a foster home based program, as we have been doing for most of the past year.  The number of available foster homes will dictate the number of rescues we can care for.

We believe foster care helps our charges become more adoptable. By working with them individually in a home setting they can be introduced to manners, rules, exercise and love provided and reinforced by the foster family. They can be better socialized, get started on crate- and house-training and even learn basic skills like walking on a leash, sit, down, etc.  A better trained dog is a more adoptable dog.

After searching the surrounding area for many months we have determined that finding a property that meets our needs for a facility and doesn’t upset any surrounding neighbors was not feasible at this time.  So, the organization never purchased any property and never collected any of the money that was pledged towards that purchase. Those funds remain in the pockets of the people who pledged. 

In the past year, since the current board members took over, we have brought more than 60 dogs and puppies into our care.  Nearly half of these have been adopted by wonderful people here in San Carlos and Guaymas. The others have gone up to our partner rescue groups in Arizona and all have found great homes. Large amounts of time, energy and money have gone into caring for all these dogs. 

We greatly appreciate all of you in the community that have supported our efforts. Your auction item donations, sponsorships, contributions and attendance at our events have made it possible for us to save these 60+ dogs and will allow us to continue our work going forward. We could not do what we do without you.  We hope you will continue to support us in the future.

I personally would like to thank the board of directors for their time, energy and dedication to our cause.  It has been a busy and successful year.

If anyone has questions, I can be reached via email, at

Janet L Vaupel, President
San Carlos Pet Adoption
Franny is looking a lot better after three weeks in foster care. She's still traumatized, and would probably be best off in a home without a lot of other large dogs, though she's getting along fine with Suzanne's puppy. She's very bright and gentle-mannered.

PictureCandye and Candy
This is has been a very eventful year, and we've learned so much, and accomplished so much! We seem to be taking in at least two animals a week (not bad for such a small organization!), either puppies from a motherless litter or individual pups, dogs or, occasionally, kittens. We've been very fortunate to add three new foster homes to our network: Suzee and Earl have taken little Sparky, and Cathy made space with her other two dogs for Candy (shown here with her rescuer, also named Candye). Allie took in a couple of pups, which were soon adopted. We feel so grateful to have this additional support. New for 2014: we're going to publish a set of guidelines for fosters on this website, who take on quite a handful when they open their doors to a dog or cat on a temporary basis. And best news of all: we're close to acquiring a 501c-3 status, which will allow donors to deduct their gifts from their taxes! 

Francisca is a new candidate for our Carlos Medical Fund. She was found on San Francisco Beach with bite wounds on her neck and shoulders and one leg, probably from a javelina. Hair loss on her chest and legs is probably due to malnutrition — we have no way of knowing how long she was out there with no food or water. She's being temporarily housed by her rescuer and we plan to get her into foster care as soon as possible. She's about a year old.