With an increasing number of Americans (particularly San Diegans) traveling to and from the border, and others moving either full or part time to the region- so do come their canine companions. When they have a need to travel without their dogs, the options have been limited. For those coming in for a visit, finding a pet friendly hotel can be a challenge.
That’s where Baja Pet Care comes in. Nestled on a hill in Rosarito Norte inside a private residence, is a kennel and boarding facility catering to mostly travelers, but some locals as well.
Founded in 2011, Baja Pet Care is owned and operated by Cuban native Maylen Lavastida, who moved to Rosarito with her Mexican husband. While searching for work, she found there was a need for pet care when their owners went on vacation. So instead, she started her own business whose motto is “A Home away from home.”
Assisting Lavasitida with caring for the dogs is her adorable 9 year old daughter Marla Sofia who enthusiastically shows off the dogs and kennels and telling you their names, whether they know English or Spanish or both.
Their services include: daily, weekly, or monthly lodging, bathing or grooming, and transport in a labeled van to and from the owner’s home. Prices range from $10 to $20 USD depending on the size of the pet for boarding, $10 to $30 per dog for bathing and grooming. Transportation roundtrip within Rosarito is $12, Tijuana $20 and varies for San Diego locations. During the day, the dogs get to free roam throughout the lovely grounds of the home and have ample room to run and socialize.
Lavastida states that 90 percent of her business comes from Americans- those who live in Baja and have to travel for work and cannot take their pets. At any given time, she has had a maximum of 10 dogs. She has recently added larger kennels for large to extra large dogs to give them more space they need when they are staying with her.
You can find their basic requirements for dog here on their website. The site notes “We can adjust to your needs or schedule when you let us know beforehand” and no more was this demonstrated than her willingness to not only show off the facility on a Sunday afternoon, but also to come and meet potential customers offsite and guide them to the property.
You can contact her and the facility here. She looks forward to welcoming your pets when the need arises. While she admits her English is limited, it was easy to converse with her and her passion for dog care shines through no matter what language she is speaking.