Skip to content

BECAUSE EVERY DOG HAS A

Rescue Heroes

FRIENDS OF PUERTO VALLARTA ANIMALS

Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals is based in a lovely touristy mecca in Mexico but even though we support Puerto Vallarta's municipal animal shelter (Centro de Control & Salud Animal) we are not a rescue group.

Adriana Riestra, our president, needed a project for a social welfare course she was taking a number of years back. With a friend at the time, an architect, she designed and had built extra kennels for the shelter.

Our aim is to make our municipal owned shelter into a state of the art location. 

Friends700square
Pawfect Life Rescue

PAWFECT LIFE RESCUE

THE BIG MISSION: SAVING AS MANY DOGS AS POSSIBLE

Julie Utoff opened Pawfect Life Rescue in 2013.

Shortly after the passing of her mom she noticed on Facebook a post about a dog soon to be euthanized if not adopted within days.

Many expressed they wished they could help or they wished someone else would.

“I wasn't able to save my mother,” she explains. “But why couldn't I be the person to save this dog?”

PLAYA ANIMAL RESCUE

When Playa Animal Rescue opened in early 2012, the Playa Del Carmen stray dog crisis could not have been more desperate. The local community had lost trust with one of its struggling area rescues, putting a strain on the critical resources they need to operate. In fact, one of the major Playa rescues was forced to close without an exit plan due to the rift, leaving 97 dogs suddenly without shelter or healthcare.

Enter Erik and Jan in October 2011, would-be retirees and complete newbies to building or running a dog shelter. They, along with a group of concerned supporters, sprang into action to save the evicted strays.

playa animal rescue
baileydivider
baileydivider
Rescue Tales

KEEP UP TO DATE

Dogs I Meet is on a mission to document the inside world of animal rescues and organizations dedicated to helping improve the lives of animals. Led by a vision that each photograph has the power to educate and inspire animal advocacy.

BE IN THE KNOW.

Join our journey.

Shoot me your email and I’ll keep you updated on our mission. You’ll learn what we’re doing, where we’re headed, and how you can get involved.

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

SIGN UP TO THE DOG TALES

For a smile in your inbox sign up for The Dog Tales - inspirational dog tales from around the world

Scroll To Top