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Homeless, neglected and/or abused dogs and cats in the Puerto Vallarta area are rescued by staff and volunteers and brought to our no-kill sanctuary.  Photos and rescue details are posted for each animal on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/spcapv/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums

Dogs are placed in the intake area upon arrival.  Dogs are bathed, treated for internal/external parasites (fleas, ticks and worms) and tested for diseases.  Each dog is immediately tested for parvovirus and distemper.  A SNAP test is performed to screen for heartworm disease, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease, both tick borne infections.

Dogs are quarantined until they are fully vaccinated and those vaccines are in effect.  Vaccines administered include Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Coronavirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis.

There are 3 sets of vaccines for puppies starting at 6 weeks and then 2 weeks apart for the next two sets.  Adult dogs receive one set of the triple vaccine.  All dogs over 3 months of age are vaccinated for rabies.

All dogs receive a minimum of 2 blood tests–one when they arrive and one before they leave.  If they have medical issues they may receive multiple blood tests while they are at the sanctuary.

We have medical staff working at the sanctuary every day to handle administering medicines, IVs, etc. and we have a lab onsite so we can do our blood tests in house.  We send dogs out for specialized surgeries but spay/neuter is performed in house by a staff licensed veterinarian.   Dogs may also be sent out when x-rays are required.

Healthy, fully vaccinated and spayed/neutered dogs are then assigned a kennel in the general population area of the sanctuary.  Dogs are cared for, groomed and given daily walks by the staff and volunteers while living at the sanctuary.

Supplemental care will be provided depending on the needs of the animal such as acupuncture, hydrotherapy, dental, optical, etc.

When the animals are deemed ready for adoption, they are advertised within the community via both print and electronic media.  We also maintain a select group of volunteer foster families in both the United States and Canada.  Whenever possible we solicit assistance from friends and volunteers to facilitate the transport of adoptable animals to foster and/or permanent homes in both the US and Canada.