Who We Are

Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana was founded in August of 2007.  Our mission is to directly
support the
Humane Society de Tijuana (“HSTJ”) in improving the conditions in the U.S. and
Mexican communities that border the Tijuana, Mexico area, by promoting programs of humane
treatment of animals; in particular, spay and neutering programs, parasite control programs,
street rescues, prevention of international smuggling of animals through awareness and public
education, and general public education to inculcate a culture of humane treatment of animals.

Since January 2007, HSTJ has provided care to well over 5,000 dogs and cats every year. This
done through the free Street Clinic [Clinica de Desparacitacion] also known as the
Itchy-Scratchy
Clinic. Since July 2006, HSTJ has provided free or low cost spay and neutering to the people of
Tijuana and is currently [2016] performing a monthly average of 80 spays and neuters in many
different areas of Tijuana. Less than 1% of these animals had seen a private veterinarian. All
had parasites including worms, half had eye infections and skin infections and of those,
approximately half had advanced cases of mange. Our
HSTJ CENTER is getting a lot of traffic,
much more than we had ever expected.

Tijuana is a city of 4 million people and is expanding rapidly. The government keeps no statistics
on the animal population. HSTJ estimates there is an average of one companion animal for each
household, the vast majority of which have never been spayed or neutered or even had
professional veterinary care. HSTJ, from its visits to various colonias [neighborhoods], counting
the street dogs and relating the number to the size of the colonia, estimates that there are
about 10,000 ill, starving, and frightened street animals loose on the streets of TJ on any given
day. [These estimates are very conservative.] HSTJ has observed that the city pound [not to be
confused with a shelter] picks up on average 300 dogs [no cats] a month from the streets which
are subsequently euthanized; in the past by electrocution, but now and due to individuals and
organizations providing humane drugs, the euthanasia is not as brutal.

Statistics: An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per
years, with 2.8 surviving kittens per year can total 11,606,077 cats in 9 years. Source: Spay USA

In 6 years one unspayed female dog and her offspring, can reproduce 67,000 dogs. Source:
Spay USA